Effective Packing Tips

Make Moving a Breeze – Before, During, and After

Packing isn't fun, but it's an extremely important part of the moving process. By properly packing your items, the less likely they are to be damaged. Also, once everything is moved into your new home, unpacking is a lot easier when everything has been nearly boxed up and labeled. Check out the tips we've listed below to make your next move quick and simple.

General Packing Tips

  • Tape each box when full. Tape both the bottom and top of every box by running two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center.
  • Pack items appropriately by weight. Use small boxes for heavier items — and larger boxes for light weight, bulky items.
  • Wrap small / fragile items individually. This can prevent both breakage and loss.
  • Cushion your items. Stuff the top, bottom, and sides of each box with paper.
  • Stuff boxes to the top. This prevents them from being crushed. But don’t pack fragile items too tightly. Stuff partially filled boxes with paper.
Packing Glass Objects

Dishware and Glasses

  • Use large, double-corrugated boxes.
  • Cushion the bottom with rolled up paper.
  • Wrap each piece individually.
  • Bundle flatware in groups of 3 and wrap the bundle.
  • Do not place one piece of dishware directly on top of another. Separate with a layer of stuffed paper.
  • "Nest" less expensive glasses and cups in groups of 3 and wrap the bundle.
  • Cushion the top and sides of each box with paper to prevent shifting.
Clothing Packing Tips


  • Empty dressers completely.
  • Put hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes.
  • Use bottoms of wardrobe boxes for shoe.
  • Put extra tape along sides.
Pictures Box Packing


  • Use a picture box.
  • Line bottom of box with paper.
  • Place picture in box, then stuff front, back, and along the top with paper.
Lamps Packing


  • Remove light bulbs.
  • Put lampshades in separate boxes and mark "FRAGILE" in clear writing.
Electronics Products Packing


  • If possible, pack in original cartons. If not, pack each item separately. Use bubble wrap.
  • Code wiring with tape for easy re-installation.
  • Stereo: fasten down the tone arm and dust cover.
  • Compact disk: check instructions to secure the laser.
  • Personal computer: backup all important diskettes; "park" the hard disk (program often included on diagnostics diskette). For floppy disk drive, insert an old or blank disk.
Money and Jewelry Packers

What Should Movers Never Pack?

There are a number of items that you should never allow movers to pack, even if you're only moving across the street. Some of these things may seem like common sense, but it never hurts to make absolutely certain when you're dealing with personal items and property.
  • Valuable items: like money, securities, valuable papers, and jewelry.
  • Flammable items: aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, etc.
  • Label the contents of every box. Use these 3 criteria: Where is it going? How fragile are its contents? When will I need it?
  • Make an inventory of your property - a simple but absolutely essential tool for both you and the mover (labeling boxes correctly will save you from having to move them again, once you’re in your new place).
  • Labeling boxes according to the sturdiness of their contents helps ensure that the moving crew takes special care with your most fragile belongings.
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