Posted on: 17 February 2016
Another move is coming up for you, and another chance for your personal items to break during their travel to your new home. With patience and the right materials, you can pack your items with confidence that they will arrive at their destination in one piece. Here is how to pack your personal items like a moving professional.
Don't Skimp on the Packing Supplies
Stock up with the right packing supplies from a moving supplies store. Don't try to get by with kitchen towels and newspapers or you'll end up with broken and dented items at your new home. Buy more supplies than you think you'll need so you'll have plenty of materials for every packing situation. You can always return what you don't use. The supplies you need before you start your packing project include:
- packing boxes in varying sizes
- original boxes for items, if available
- bubble wrap rolls
- flexible cardboard packing sheets
- wrapping paper rolls
- knife or box cutter and scissors
- several rolls of packing tape
General Tips for Packing
Start with these packing tips to make sure your items are safe.
- Start with the smallest box that will hold a group of similar items.
- Pack similar items together and do not mix types. For example, don't pack books in the same box with kitchen glassware.
- Fill the remaining space in a box with packing paper so items don't shift against each other.
- Contact a professional moving company if you have any doubts about how to pack a particularly difficult item.
Packing Tips for Specific Items
- China and porcelain kitchenware - Wrap each dish with small bubble wrap and seal securely with packing tape. Line the bottom of a box with crumpled packing paper. Place each dish on its edge in the box. Stack dishes next to each other this way with a piece of cardboard between each piece. When the box is full, fill any space with crumpled paper.
- Glassware - Wrap each glass and fill with packing paper. Line the bottom of a box with crumpled paper and place a layer of glasses in it, opening down. Once you have a layer full, place cardboard sheets on the glasses. Add another layer of glassware and continue layering this way until the box is full. Fill the spaces with crumpled paper.
- Picture frames - Line the bottom of a box with crumpled paper. Wrap each picture frame with wrapping paper. Use bubble wrap if the frame is particularly fragile, such as a crystal glass frame. Place the frames on their edges in the box with a sheet of cardboard between each. Fill any remaining space with crumpled paper to keep the frames from moving against each other.
- Unusually shaped items - Wrap items, such as a ceramic teapot, using a lot of bubble wrap and by making a box for it. First, wrap small bubble wrap around the items and secure with packing tape. Don't hesitate to use a lot of packing tape on such items. Next, fold a flexible cardboard sheet around the item to make a box and secure with tape. When the item consists of several pieces, such as a teapot and lid, wrap each item separately.
To learn more, contact a moving supply company like Route 37 Self-Storage.Share