Basic Rules of Packing                                                       

  • Pack similar items together
  • Do not pack delicate china in the carton with iron frying pans, for example
  • Start with out of season items. Next pack those items used infrequently. Leave until last the items that you need until moving day
  • Keep pairs and sets of things together
  • For example curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts, and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic or cloth bags and taped or tied to the item which they belong
  • Empty drawers with breakables, or anything that would puncture or damage other items. However blankets, sweaters, towels and other lightweight goods may be left in drawers
  • Wrap items individually in clean paper; use tissue paper, newsprint, paper towels or even facial tissues. Colored paper will draw attention to very small items
  • Wind electrical cords, fastening them so that they won't tangle
  • Pack the boxes in layers with the heaviest items on the bottom, less heavier items next and lighter items on top
  • Avoid overloading the carton, but strive for a firm pack which will keep articles from shifting. The cover should close easily without forcing but should not bend inward. Seal all cartons tightly with packing tape
  • Label all cartons clearly by marking on the 2 sides and the top. When marked in this manner , determining the contents of a carton in a stack is easier
  • As you finish with each carton, list it and its contents on an inventory list in a notebook. You may want to number and code the cartons as well
  • Indicate your name, a general description of the contents and the room that the box should be carried into at the new house on each box; e.g., kitchen glassware, bathroom linens
  • Label any boxes that you will need immediately at the new house “unpack first”