22 Sep Intro to Packing III: The Tape that Binds
“Holding it all together”
In addition to boxes you will need tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, etc. Now that you have a plan and have gathered all your materials, what do you do next? It is simple, just pack. Ok, it is not that simple, here are some guidelines and tips to pack safely.
- Make sure you are using a good quality packing tape. It doesn’t matter how good you packed or how good of a box you used if the tape doesn’t stick. Don’t be shy with the tape. Run the tape across the seam and half way up the side of the box. Tape is your friend and part of the structural integrity of the box. Tape literally holds it all together.
- Mark the box with your name, your moving contract number if you have one, room of house, contents and fragile if applicable. It is a good idea to write the contents on all sides of the box. It will make it easier to find certain boxes when you arrive at your new home.
- Do not write on the top of the box. You won’t be able to read it when your friendly neighborhood movers stack the boxes.
- It’s best not to over pack boxes that contain fragile items. The pressure can break these items.
- Always wrap breakable items in three to four sheets of packing paper.
- When packing your breakable, cover the bottom of the box with several sheets of crumbled up paper.
- Pack glassware on end as it would sit on the shelf, pack plates, dishes, platters and bowls on their side. Do not pack them flat.
- Always pack like items together and make sure that you pack heavier items at the bottom of the box.
- Remember to fill the box, if you cannot fill the box, fill the dead air space with crumbled up paper or styrofoam peanuts. This will keep the box from crushing when another box gets stacked on top of it.
- You may want a special box for items that you are going to need right away. Pack these items all in one box and label it “open first”.
You might want to ask your moving company for two estimates. One with them packing everything and one with you packing everything. If you chose to pack yourself, do not hesitate to ask your moving company how to pack something specific. They should be more than happy to give you ideas on how to safely pack that item.
Thus concludes our Intro to Packing. If you haven’t packed before it can be very intimidating. Remember take one thing at a time and one room at a time. If you chip away piece by piece you will be extremely pleased with the outcome.