Below are a few more packing tips to follow up on my previous post. I didn’t want to overload you last week with all that I discovered, so thought I would save a few of the tips I found for this week. They are as follows:
1. Pack goods that you don’t use very often, such as out of season items, first. Next, pack the things that you don’t use on a regular basis. Wait to pack the items that you use daily until the day of your move. Note the importance of these items (cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.) by marking “open first” on these boxes and making sure that they are loaded last.
2. Pack all boxes tightly. If a box rattles or makes noise, the contents could be damaged in transit. Limit boxes to a weight of 50 pounds or less to make handling easier.
3. Use generous amounts of paper at the bottom and top of each box to provide a good cushion for items packed. Use clean, unprinted paper to wrap each item. You could also consider using linens, cushions, or other soft items on not quite-full boxes to fill the space and provide extra cushioning.
4. Pack boxes in layers, with the heaviest items on the bottom, medium weight goods in the middle, and lightest items on top. As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces firmly with crushed paper. Add more paper to make a level base for the next layer, or use cardboard cut from boxes as dividers.
5. Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn’t strong enough to support fully-packed boxes. Also make sure that the boxes that you use are sturdy, and close all the way.
6. When packing furniture with drawers or cabinets, make sure to empty it of anything that could break or spill. You may keep blankets, sweaters, bath towels, and similar soft, lightweight items in the drawers.
I hope that you are finding these tips helpful! Next week, I will discuss how to best pack breakable items such as mirrors, glass, china, and other valuables. Until then, have a great week!