How to Pack Boxes
CHOOSE THE PROPER SIZE AND TYPE OF CARTON
Heavy items such as books, albums, canned food, etc. should be packed in smaller cartons. Some items such as large pictures, mirrors, glass tops and shelves, and clocks may require special cartons which we can provide.
PACKING SOME ITEMS IS OPTIONAL FOR LOCAL MOVES
When you are moving locally some items do not have to be packed. For example, mirrors and large pictures can usually be wrapped in moving blankets for short distances without packing. These items should be properly packed for long distance moves and for shipments moving into storage. Lamps and lampshades should always be packed.
ONE ROOM AT A TIME
Packing can appear to be an insurmountable task when viewed from the perspective of the entire house. Pack one room at a time and stay with that room until it is fully packed. This will divide packing your home into several smaller and more manageable tasks.
TAPE THE BOTTOM OF CARTONS
Taping the bottom of cartons before filling them makes the cartons sturdier and prevents the contents from spilling out of the bottom during the move.
HEAVY ITEMS ON THE BOTTOM, LIGHT ITEMS ON TOP
Like packing your groceries, the heavier items should be placed at the bottom of the carton and the lighter items on top to prevent damage.
USE A LOT OF PAPER
All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of cartons.
PLACE BREAKABLES CORRECTLY IN THE CARTON
Plates should be stacked vertically as if in a dish rack and glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position. Again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items.
FILL CARTONS APPROPRIATELY
Fill all cartons to the top without overfilling before closing. Cartons with items sticking over the top can’t be properly closed or stacked and cartons that are under filled tend to crush when stacked. If there is a small space at the top, it can be filled with paper, a towel, a blanket or other similar items.
SEAL CARTONS SHUT WITH TAPE
Cartons should be closed-top and sealed with tape to prevent damage and to make stacking easier.
LABEL EACH CARTON
Use a felt marker or pen to clearly label each carton’s contents and the room it belongs to at your new destination. Make your label and notes on the side of each carton rather than on the top, so that when the cartons are stacked they can be easily identified. If you pack something that requires it to be kept in an upright position, draw arrows on each side of the box indicating which end must always be kept up. Any cartons containing fragile items should be labeled as such.
Time will be saved on your move if you arrange cartons in stacks of similar size, four to five feet high. This enables the cartons to be easily moved on dollies from the house to the truck