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Packing Guide: 5 Great Tips For Proper Packing

Jul 24, 2008
Are you getting ready to move or relocate and your packing up your house contents yourself? That's not an easy chore to take on. Your move can be safe, time saving and effortless only by means of proven proper packing techniques. These techniques involve usage of suitable and sturdy cartons with the right packing materials to cushion and protect your fragile and delicate items. I'll explain why and how in a bit.

First, by deciding to do that part of the move yourself you did save yourself a ton of money because that is where most of the costs are with moving companies, having to pay laborers to pack. It's a very time consuming process. Even though taking your time to pack properly is crucial to a successful job, more importantly what you pack into is even more important. I'm talking about specially made moving boxes. It will save you money in the end because your stuff and valuables will be better protected from shifting while in transit. Here's why:

These mover packing boxes can be bought and kept well in advance. These boxes can be stored by opening both the ends and flattening and can be reused for packing just by opening. Pack your household goods in a logical fashion, this means room-by-room and label the packages to make the unpacking process easier for you. When Moving packing your goods can be preplanned depending on unused goods, you can plan for collecting cartons that are not provided by the mover such as wardrobe, mattress and other cartons.

1. Use small cartons to pack heavy items when moving such as CDs, books and etc.

2. The medium boxes are perfect to pack mid-size, mid-weight goods such as non-perishable food articles, pans, pots, shoes and clothing.

3. The large boxes are great for packing lampshades, towels, toys, linen, bedding and others.

4. Do not forget to wrap the furniture with blankets you can get from your moving company.

5. Mark "FRAGILE" on all sides of the carton if the cartons are filled with fragile items to help prevent rough handling when moving.

Specially made packing and moving supplies make all the difference to protecting your home contents and valuables. Don't be fooled into thinking that you can just go t the supermarket and get those banana boxes; you'll be very disappointed in the end.

Here is a good list of what works for these items:

Wrapping Paper - Moving wrapping paper is a packing paper to cover expensive and valuable items such as crystal or chinaware to protect from dust.

Cartons - Mover cartons are cardboard moving boxes that are used for packing items and are available in various shapes and sizes such as small, medium and large boxes.

Wardrobe Boxes - Are upright boxes with bars so you can store clothes on hangers and keep them in order.

Dish Pack Boxes - Are boxes with interior cell divider partitions to pack small dishes so they stay snug.

Mirror/Picture Boxes - These are flat big sturdy boxes that slide together to pack mirrors or pictures.

China Barrel - These are thick cartons/barrel used to pack china, lamps, dishes, glassware and other fragile items.

Mattress Bag - These are available in all sizes that can fit any mattress and box spring type top protect your mattress cover.

I hope you find this list helpful. It can give you ideas on what size boxes to look for and always make sure you mark them so that the movers can place the boxes in their appropriate rooms to help you even more on searching for stuff at your new place.
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