General Packing Guidelines
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If you decide to do some of your packing, this guide will help. Along with general how-tos, you’ll find specific step-by-step instructions on properly wrapping and packing items that require special attention.
Allow yourself enough time to pack. First pack items you won’t need right away, such as articles stored in the basement, garage, or attic. Wait and pack things you’ll use right up to the moving day last. Packing room by room will help you stay organized.
How to Pack Boxes?
. Assemble boxes
Invert box, fold in flaps. Place one or two long pieces of plastic packing tape across center seam, and one piece along each side seam. Do not cover any printing
. Make bottom cushion
Put loosely crumpled unprinted newsprint in the carton bottom.
. Wrap all fragile, breakable items in paper
(Not necessary for soft items like bedding, etc.) This not only protects the item, but protects other items from it. Wrapping also helps things fit snugly in the box and prevents them from shifting. Use unprinted newsprint for most items, tissue paper for very fragile things.
. Pack large and heavy items first
. Pack smaller items next
Use these to fill in spaces around larger items.
. Fill all empty spaces
Use small items or crumpled paper. Leave no gaps in the carton. This helps make it crush-proof.
. Periodically lift carton
Check weight – box should not be too heavy for one person to lift comfortably.
. Make a top cushion
Leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch space at the top of the carton. Fill this space with crumpled paper. When closed, the carton’s top or sides should neither bulge nor sag.
. Tape top seams securely
. Label boxes clearly
Write your name, your moving contract number, the room to which the box should go in your new home and a general description of contents. Write “fragile” only if items within are truly fragile. (Otherwise, good loading decisions will be impossible.) Mark “unpack first” on boxes containing items you’ll need right away in your new home.