Packing: Tried and True Tips and Tricks
The biggest undertaking during a move? The packing. Did you know that packing doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing process? Corrigan can pack as much or as little as you’d like! During your virtual survey, your move representative will discuss your needs and provide a cost for those services. Packing is completely tailored to you, your budget and your wishes. If you’re doing all or most of your own packing, then the question truly is- where do you start? We’re happy to provide our best packing tips with you, and you’ll be on your way to an hassle-free move!
Where to start?
Getting your things ready can be a overwhelming time: boxes everywhere. We can help you simplify the process. Here are some packing tips that will help you kick off your move:
- Prepare how you will pack. You will want to first pack the items you use the least.
- Do not wait until the last minute. Begin packing as soon as you find out you are moving, especially if you are doing all of the packing yourself.
- Never pack flammable or restricted items.
- To keep better track of your belongings, list the items inside and room on the outside of the box. Mark this on the side, as you won’t see anything on the top of the boxes if they’re stacked.
- Use fresh packing paper. You do not want the ink from an old newspaper on your belongings. Clean newsprint paper is available from your moving company.
- Divide breakables and non-breakables.
- Use reliable packing tape instead of masking tape; it is stronger.
How to: Books
Place books flat in the carton, alternating the spine/open side of the book. Insert a sheet of wrapping paper between each book so the books do not stick together. Get in touch with your moving consultant for book cartons.
How to: Bottles
Seal bottles closed and enclose in unused newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight container before packing and storing in a carton. Or, take a piece of cling film, insert inside the cap, and screw the cap back on. You’ve now reclosed the bottle and prevented the risk of spills.
How to: China
China is very delicate, which necessitates extra care. These packing strategies can prevent damage while these items are moved:
- First, wrap porcelain in sheets of white tissue paper, and place white tissue paper in the bottom of a dishpack for cushioning.
- Wrap each piece of china one by one.
- For plates, place these items in the carton in an upright position on their edge (so they are standing up).
- Surround with torn paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces.
- Add crumpled paper] on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Note: a couple of inches of paper will do great.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up another tier. Wrap and pack in the same way as above.
How to: Clothing
Keep your clothes on hangers and store them in a special hanging box. You can always ask your move coordinator for some wardrobe boxes.
How to: Computers
If you can, pack electronic devices in their original boxes if available. Otherwise, if you use proper packing materials (packing peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap, packing paper, etc), computers and electronic equipment can be effectively packed in just about any box. Follow these packing tips for simple care:
- Start by filling the bottom of the carton with a large amount of packing material.
- Wrap computer/electronics parts thoroughly with paper and put in the carton.
- Tightly wrap padding around and on top of the device to prevent damage.
- Firmly seal the container.
- Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”
Be aware of special considerations for the internal components of computers. Discuss the transportation of your computers and other electronics with your move coordinator.
How to: Lamp Shades
Lamp shades can be a little tricky. Be careful with lamp shades by their metal frames and place them in a carton with paper for protection. Also cover the shade with additional paper. You can nest shades inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.
How to: Mirrors and Glass
Wrap the picture in a cushion of unmarked paper. Place in a collapsed packing or telescoping carton. Carefully seal the carton. Always place glass on their edge. They may shatter if they are put flat.
How to: Shoes
If the shoes are soiled, a plastic bag can keep other items clean during the move. If possible, pack each pair of shoes in their own box, and place in a storage box. If you do not have shoeboxes handy, separately wrap each pair.
How to: Silver
When packing silverware, we recommend to cover each piece in new paper, and then place them in a container.
How to: Soft Goods/Bedding
It's best to pack soft possessions like pillows, bedding, and blankets in boxes with liners separated by layers of clean paper. This will keep your linens neat and clean during your move.
How to: Statues and Figurines
Anything fragile is best packed into a specialized box. Since these are twice as strong as standard boxes, they can hold roughly 70 pounds. Cover these delicate pieces in packing material first, then bubble wrap. Add a good quantity of crushed up paper on the bottom, edges, and between breakable items inside of the box.
How to: Stemware
Goblets should be wrapped individually with tissue paper or bubble wrap placed into the cup and around its base. Cushion each goblet with a generous layer of cushioning material. Then put stem up in a dishpack.
When in doubt:
Get in touch with your moving expert! With over nine decades of experience, Corrigan Moving Systems has the knowledge and experience to handle even the most sensitive and unique items. Our experts can advise the most effective packing techniques to handle specific pieces, ensuring your items make it from start to end without any worries.