and Storage Essentials
for packing fragile items
ink-free packing paper
broad-tip markers to label boxes
and Storage Tips
more boxes than you think you will need.
boxes for books. Use bigger boxes for lighter items.
keeping similar items together.
the bottom of boxes with at least one strip of packing tape.
firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
paper for padding. Seal boxes tightly with wide packing tape.
and CDs vertically in boxes. Don't stack them flat.
items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
items with paper to prevent scratches caused by rubbing.
from jars and ceramics. Wrap each separately.
opened boxes and bottles before packing them to avoid spills
linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items.
Clearly mark these boxes "FRAGILE."
Use a jumbo
box for lampshades and cushion them well.
furniture, beds, lamps, etc. put the hardware into a plastic
bag along with any assembly tips and tape it onto
the item itself.
ask your mover if you can leave clothes in dresser drawers.
Find out from your movers how they want hanging clothes
Make a master
list of all household items and your belongings.
when they are packed and sealed.
Clearly indicate on the box its room destination.
Write on the master list the contents of the numbered
Make a box
of essentials and label it "Open Me First."
Put this box to the side to be loaded last (so it’s
unloaded first) or move it
Your Essential box will include:
Basic tools such as flashlights, pocket
knife, hammer, screwdrivers, nails, masking tape,
tape measure, and light bulbs.
Bathroom essentials such as hand
towel, soap, toilet paper, shampoo, and
Kitchen goodies such as paper towels,
coffeemaker and filters, paper plates
and cups, plastic utensils, dish detergent, a sponge, pet
foods, dishes, and
last so they can be the first items unloaded and placed at your