Successful Packing

  • If you are using professional movers, let them pack the fragile items, since companies are usually liable only for things they pack themselves.
  • Pack one room at a time.
  • Avoid mixing things from different rooms in the same box; it will make unpacking more time consuming.
  • Clearly label each box with your name, its general contents, an arrow indicating which side is up, “Fragile” if contents are breakable, and which room each box belongs in. Refrain from noting anything valuable, such as silver, on the outside of a box.
  • Assigning color codes to label and corresponding rooms or family members can make un- packing quicker.
  • Use small boxes for heavy items, large boxes for light ones, and medium boxes for every- thing in between. Heavier items should be placed at the bottom, lighter ones on top. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pick up a box with ease, it’s too heavy.
  • When disassembling furniture, put hardware in a plastic bag and affix it to the corresponding piece (however, do not apply tape or any adhesives directly to polished or painted wood surfaces).
  • Never pack flammables or combustibles.

How to Pack Kitchenware

Cups, Glasses, and Stemware:
  • Gently stuff cups and glasses with wadded-up packing paper.
  • Wrap stems and handles with paper, crumpling slightly to create padding, and then wrap each entire piece individually in paper.
  • Pack cups, glasses, and stemware in an upright position, cushioning them well with crumpled paper, rather than laying them down. Label boxes “Fragile, This Side Up.”

Dishes:
  • All china is best packed in cartons made for that purpose.
  • Place one plate in the center of a stack of packing paper; grasp two or three sheets of the paper at one corner, and fold them over the plate, covering it completely. Place another plate on top of the first, and fold papers over from a second corner. Add a third plate, and fold the two remaining corners over it. Turn the stack upside down on the packing paper, and rewrap the entire bundle, sealing it with tape. (Some office-supply stores carry Bubble Wrap bags designed specifically to fit plates; these bags are more convenient, though they can be expensive.) Place the bundle in a small box, standing dishes on edge on a thick layer of crumpled paper or Bubble Wrap. (Dishes are more likely to break when packed flat.) Add additional bundles until the box is packed snugly. Stuff the top and all four sides with more crumpled paper, and tape shut. Label boxes “Fragile, This Side Up.”

Small Appliances:
  • Pack each separately in a box close to the appliance’s dimensions, rather than bunched together in one box.
  • Wrap each appliance with packing paper (and Bubble Wrap if it is heavy or fragile), and fit it snugly into its box. Stuff any gaps with crumpled packing paper.
  • Wrap handles of large objects, such as pitchers, with crumpled packing paper prior to wrapping them individually.
  • To wrap a teapot, wind rolled-up paper around the handle, then additional paper around the spout. Place the teapot upside down in the bottom corner of a stack of packing paper, and fold a few sheets over it until you have a bundle; secure it with tape. Wrap a teapot lid separately from the pot, but put both together in the same box.
  • Wrap knives individually in paper, then in Bubble Wrap. (Or wrap them in protective sleeves designed specifically for knives.) Label the bundles so you’re mindful of the sharp edges when you unpack it.
  • Pack pots and pans of graduated sizes in nesting groups; place two or three sheets of packing paper in a large pan, insert a smaller pan, and line that one with more p

Packing a First-Night Box

Create a “first-night” box containing essentials. These items, many of which you’ll be using on the last morning in your old house and the first night and day in your new one, can be loaded on the truck last; label the boxes appropriately so that they will also be the first boxes off. Keep in mind that you should always carry valuables, jewelry, and important paperwork with you.
 
  • Basic tools
  • Bed linens for each bed
  • Change of clothes for every member of the family □ Cleaning supplies
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and cutlery
  • Flashlight
  • Light bulbs
  • Medicine
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Nonperishable snacks
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Toys for children and pets
  • Trash bags