Packing: Tried and True Tips and Tricks
The most daunting undertaking during a move? The packing. Did you know that packing doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing process? Corrigan can pack as much or as little as you’d like! During your remote survey, your relocation specialist will discuss your needs and provide a price for those services. Packing is completely customized to you, your budget and your wishes. If you’re doing all or most of your own packing, then the issue truly is- how do you begin? We’re happy to share our expert packing tips with our customers, and you’ll be on your way to an easy move!
Where to start?
Getting your things ready can be a overwhelming time: boxes filling up the space. Our team at Corrigan Moving can help you simplify the process. Here are some suggestions to help you pack that will help you begin the process:
- Prepare how you will pack. You will want to first pack the items you can live without for a while.
- Don't procrastinate until the last minute. Start packing as soon as you get your moving date, especially if you are doing all of the packing yourself.
- Do not pack flammable or non-allowable items.
- To better organize your belongings, write down the items inside and room on the outside of the box. Label this on the side, as you won’t see anything on the top of the boxes if they’re stacked.
- Use clean newsprint paper. You do not want the ink from an old newspaper on your belongings. Clean newsprint paper is available from your move coordinator.
- Separate breakables and sturdy items.
- Use high-quality packing tape instead of masking tape; it is stronger.
How to: Books
Place your book collection level in the container, changing the spine/open side of the book. Place a sheet of parchment paper between each book so the books do not stick together. Get in touch with your move coordinator for specialized boxes for books.
How to: Bottles
Seal bottles closed and enclose in fresh paper. For extra security, put bottles in a resealable, watertight ziplock bag before packing and placing in a carton. Or, take a piece of plastic cling wrap, insert inside the cap, and screw the cap back on. You’ve now reclosed the bottle and prevented the risk of spills.
How to: China
Porcelain is very delicate, which necessitates extra care. These packing techniques can minimize the risk of damage while these goods are transported:
- First, wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper, and place newsprint paper in the bottom of a carton for cushioning.
- Wrap each piece of delicate dishware individually.
- For plates, place these items in the carton in a row on their edge (so they are standing up).
- Surround with crumpled paper, being careful to avoid empty spaces.
- Add torn paper] on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Note: a few inches of paper will do great.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up another tier. Wrap and pack in the same way as above.
How to: Clothing
Keep your clothes on hangers and hang them in a dedicated wardrobe box. You can always request your moving specialist for some wardrobe boxes.
How to: Computers
Whenever feasible, pack computers and electronics in the boxes they came in when possible. Otherwise, assuming you use proper packing materials (packing peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap, packing paper, etc), electronic devices can be safely packed in almost any box. Follow these packing tips for easy care:
- Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a large amount of packing material.
- Wrap computer/electronics parts generously with paper and place in the carton.
- Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
- Firmly seal the carton.
- Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”
Be aware of special considerations for the internal components of computers. Talk to the transportation of your computers and other electronics with your move coordinator.
How to: Lamp Shades
Lamp shades can be a little hard. Be careful with lamp shades by their wire frames and place them in a container with paper for protection. Also wrap the shade with protective paper. You can nest shades inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.
How to: Mirrors and Glass
Wrap the picture in a cushion of blank paper. Place in a compressed storage or adjustable carton. Carefully seal the carton. Always place glass on their edge. They may crack if they are laid flat.
How to: Shoes
If the shoes are soiled, a ziplock bag can keep other items clean during the move. If convenient, pack each pair of shoes in their own shoebox, and place in a storage box. If you do not have shoeboxes handy, one by one wrap each pair.
How to: Silver
When packing silverware, it's best to wrap each piece in clean paper, and then place them in a container.
How to: Soft Goods/Bedding
It's best to pack soft goods like pillows, bedding, and blankets in cartons with protective lining separated by layers of clean paper. This will keep your linens tidy and free from dust and dirt during your move.
How to: Statues and Figurines
Anything fragile is best packed into a specialized box. Since these are extra sturdy compared to standard boxes, they can hold approximately 70 pounds. Cover these delicate pieces in tissue paper first, then unprinted newsprint. Add a generous amount of packing peanuts on the base, edges, and among breakable items inside of the carton.
How to: Stemware
Wine glasses should be individually wrapped with protective paper or bubble cushion placed into the cup and around its stem. Pad each cup with a generous layer of cushioning material. Then place stem up in a specialty moving box.
When in doubt:
Get in touch with your relocation specialist! With over 90 years of expertise, Corrigan Moving Systems has the know-how and ability to handle even the most delicate and unusual items. Our specialists can advise the most effective packing tips to handle specific pieces, ensuring your items make it from point A to destination without any worries.