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Tips for packing:

  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items.
  • Use newspapers for cushioning only. The ink can rub off and embed itself onto fine china.
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them so they do not dangle.
  • Pack small, fragile, individually wrapped items separately or a few together in small boxes, cushioning with crushed or shredded paper.
  • Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper.
  • Indicate your name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination. Tape a sign on the door of each room at destination corresponding to the carton labels so movers can get the cartons into the proper rooms quickly.
  • Put a special mark (the number 1, or the letter A) on cartons you want to unpack first at destination.
  • Limit carton weight to about 50 pounds. Avoid overloading cartons but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
  • Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items that must be left open.

Supplies:

  • Bundles of packing paper (clean, unprinted newsprint)
  • Bubble wrap, tissue paper or paper towels for delicate items
  • Rolls of PVC tape (don't use masking tape or cellophane tape)
  • Tape dispenser
  • Broad-tipped markers for labeling
  • Scissors or sharp knife for cutting cartons
  • Notebook and pen or pencil for listing contents of cartons as they are packed
  • Labels or stickers for identifying boxes

Items you shouldn't pack:

  • Hazardous Materials such as aerosols, liquid bleach, paints, fireworks, weed killer, charcoal, and cleaning solvents. These items can be flammable, corrosive or explosive. 
  • Perishables like food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.