Sore shoulders, stiff back, muscle aches galore…that’s what happens when you pack things for moving. I’ve spent my day helping a friend pack. There really is a science to it if you want organization and everything to arrive at its destination unscathed. So I’d like to share my expertise on this subject. Afterall, I used to do this for a living.
First and foremost, the right supplies are imperative. You will need a tape gun, plenty of clear packing tape, “big Kahuna” sharpies, and reams of clean newsprint. 4 to 5 just to pack china, crystal and various knick knacks that are fragile. Everybody has them. You also need bubble wrap for any of those things that have appendages. Try to stay away from newspaper if at all possible. It turns you and everything else black. It can be okay to use between items in your boxes but, I wouldn’t put it against your nice china.
Now boxes. Dish packs for all china, crystal, platters, trays, small lamps etc. Small book boxes for dvds, videos, and books of course. Medium boxes for lampshades, shoes, purses, misc. Doodads and thingamabobs. Large boxes for linens, sports equipment, folded clothes and the garage. Wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes and coats.
Packing requires 2-3 sheets of paper for each item. Heavy things on the bottom. Plenty of filler paper between layers. When it’s time to tape boxes closed…generally one row vertical, one row horizontal unless there is a tear in the box or it just needs a little more stability.
Mark your boxes on 2 sides. Preferably in the same location like upper left corner. Mark them as to where they are going if you can. If you don’t know, just mark them with the contents. For safety purposes don’t mark boxes with valuables literally. For example, silver could be marked utensils or liquor could be marked spirit ware.
Attention to these details makes for a smoother, more pleasant move but most importantly all your things will arrive at their destination organized and in tact. Happy Packing!
I would be glad to answer any packing or moving questions. Bring ’em on!