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Pack For Your Move

Tips on Good Packing

If you choose to do your own packing, here are some handy tips to help you pack efficiently and prevent damage.

Use a china box.
Use lots of packing paper and pad the top and bottom of the box
Wrap individual pieces in bubble wrap
Use a “layering” method and separate layers periodically with crumpled paper
Fill the entire box before starting another box of china
make sure items in the box are secure and cannot rattle and move around.

Pictures and glass pieces.
Use a standard picture box or cover both sides with cardboard
Place packing paper along the sides and edges of the picture to prevent it from moving inside the box
Place no more than 3 or 4 pictures in one box
Keep the box right side up at all times
Place packing paper or bubble wrap in between pictures

Use small book boxes
Reinforce the bottom of the box
Do not pack them so that they are too heavy to move.

Try to pack Electronics, TVs, stereo components, computers, etc. in their original boxes.
Label all of these boxes “FRAGILE”.

Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes.
Put shoes in bottom of wardrobe boxes.
Use linen or large boxes for all other clothes.

Packing Materials
There are a few different kinds of boxes. You want to use the right boxes for the right types of items. Here is a helpful guide…

Box Size (cubic feet) Use for
Small (Book) Box 16.5″x12.5″x12.5″ Books, tapes, CDs, toiletries, etc.
Medium (Linen) Box 18″x18″x16.5″ Linens, sheets, towels, clothing, etc.
Large Box 24″x18″x18″ Garden tools, toys, outdoor patio cushions, comforters, etc.
Dish Box 18″x18″x28″ Dishes, glassware, pots, pans, figurines, crystals etc.
Wardrobe 51 x 18 x 18 coats, suits, dresses, shoes, hanging coats etc.
Lamp Box 12″x12″x40″ Lamps, lamp shades
Picture Box 24″x36″x3.5″ Pictures, glass frames, diplomas, mirrors etc.
Legal 24 x 16 x 11 legal size documents and files
Letter 24 x 13 x 11 letter size documents and files
Banker 15 x 12 x 10 letter/legal size files, misc. items
Mattress Cover 60″x90″
White Paper 35″x27″
Bubblewrap 12″ Wide
Tape 55 Yards

Small Box
Small boxes containing 1.5 cubic feet are ideal to pack heavy items such as books, DVDs, CDs, computer software and small kitchen appliances. small boxes are also known as book boxes.

Medium Box
Medium boxes containing 3.0 cubic feet are used to pack clothing, sheets and towels. Additionally, large lightweight items such as blankets and pillows can be packed in medium boxes. Medium boxes are known as linen boxes.

Large Box
Large boxes containing 4.5 cubic feet are used to pack garden tools, toys, outdoor patio cushions and comforters. This versatile box may be used to pack large bulky items.

Dish Box
Dish boxes are used to pack china, glassware and assorted breakables. They can also be used to pack lamps, small statues and vases. Dish boxes are also known as china boxes.

Wardrobe Box
Wardrobe boxes have been designed with a metal bar used to hang clothing within the box. You can fit approximately a foot and a half of closet space into each box. Miscellaneous items such as shoes and boots can be placed in the open space in the bottom of the box. This box can also be used to hang unique items such as curtains and draperies.

Lamp Box
Lamp boxes are used to pack halogen lamps, table lamps, or any lamp that can not be disassembled.

Picture Box
Picture boxes are used to pack pictures, mirrors, diplomas and miscellaneous flat glass pieces. The number of items that are able to fit into each box depends on the dimensions of each item.

Legal Boxes
Legal boxes are used to pack legal size files from your home or office.

Letter Boxes
Letter boxes are used to pack letter size files from your home or office.

Banker Box
Banker boxes are used to pack letter and/or legal size files from your home or office. In one direction, you can pack letter size files and in the other direction you can pack legal size files.