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Packing Moving Boxes: Best Tips

by Daniel Pauly
  1. Purchase a variety of double-walled cardboard boxes of good quality. Make sure you have a variety of moving boxes in various sizes on hand. For small, heavy items like books, you’ll need medium-sized cardboard boxes. Lighter, bulkier items can be packed into large or extra-large removal boxes. Tea Chest storage boxes are ideal for packing bed linen and duvets.
  1. Don’t overfill boxes to the point where they’re difficult to move. Heavy items should be packed in small boxes, while light items should be packed in larger boxes. If you’re packing a box with items of varying weights, start with the heavier items and work your way up to the lighter items. This keeps the lighter items from being crushed and ensures that the heaviest items are supported directly when being carried. Filling boxes to the top level will prevent them from stacking correctly in the van.
  1. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap. Make sure delicate or fragile items are well protected before packing them in boxes. Wrap acid-free tissue paper or bubble wrap around glasses, vases, and china. This keeps china from dulling and breaking. Filling space in boxes and providing a protective layer between items can be done with materials like foam wrap or corrugated cardboard. To avoid damage, extra-wide bubble wrap should be used to wrap mirrors and pictures. Your televisions should be wrapped in foam wrap and placed in their original boxes if possible. It’s also easier if you tape the remote control to the back of the television set, so it doesn’t get misplaced.
  1. Tightly close the boxes. Polypropylene packing tape is used to seal all of the boxes, both the top and bottom. This tape has a strong adhesive that won’t come off during use. If the box contains fragile or delicate items, you should also include some fragile packing tape. Duct tape, for example, should not be used because it does not provide a strong enough hold and does not adhere to cardboard properly.
  1. Make a label for each box. Mark the outside of the boxes with the contents and the room they must be placed in in the new house with a marker pen. This saves a lot of time and effort when unpacking the boxes and reducing the chances of misplacing items.
  1. Pack the most important items last. Things you use every day and items you’ll need on the first night in your new home should not be packed away. These should be packed into a “survival kit” and loaded onto the moving van last. When it’s time to unpack, it’ll be accessible, and you’ll be able to find the essentials quickly and easily.