Packing Tips

Packing for a Move Can Be Overwhelming. Exactly, Where Do You Begin? Right Here!

If you pay close attention to our experts’ packing tips for moving, your job will be much easier and more effective. Sorensen Moving & Storage can help even more by packing as much (or as little) for you as you’d like.

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  • As soon as you know you’re moving, get packing. Use clean (unprinted) newsprint and professional packing tape (masking tape is not sturdy enough). Pack the items you use the least first. To make the move-in day go faster, list the contents and room on the outside of each box.
  • Leave clothing on hangers and hang it in a wardrobe box. You can order these and other packing supplies directly from Sorensen Moving & Storage if you need to.
  • If possible, pack electronics in their original boxes. Or use sturdy boxes with protective materials like bubble wrap, newsprint, comforters, blankets, etc. Label the carton as “Fragile—Top Load.”
  • Double-wrap china (up to three pieces) in clean newspaper and add some extra newspaper to the bottom and top of the box for cushioning. Smaller items should be packed last and placed on top. Mark the carton “Fragile—Top Load.”
  • Lay books flat in the carton, alternating the spine and open side. Place a piece of paper between books so they don’t stick together.
  • Wrap glasses separately with newspaper placed into the goblet and around the stem. Then, cushion each glass with additional paper and place it stem-side up in the box. Mark the carton “Fragile—Top Load.”
  • Use bubble wrap for other delicate items—like statues and figurines—then wrap them again in clean paper. Don’t have bubble wrap? Use clean paper, but just be sure each item is adequately cushioned.
  • Never pack flammable or other disallowed items, including hazardous materials, perishables, or items that are of personal or sentimental value. Refer to our Items Not to Pack list below for a complete breakdown.
  • Consider donating to the local food pantry if you have unopened, nonperishable food. We can help with that, too!
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Items Not to Pack

Hazardous Materials:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer
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  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods

Personal Importance/Sentimental Value:

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Birth Certificates
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs and albums
  • Financial documents (e.g., stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records, etc.)
  • Home videos
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (e.g., car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers or tablets
  • Medical and dental records
  • New home documents
  • Passports
  • Prescription medicines
  • Professional files
  • School records