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Use the Right Size Boxes

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job
harder but also have a better chance of breaking.

Put Heavier Items at the Bottoms of Boxes, Lighter Items on Top

And, if you’re loading the truck yourself, pack the heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck to help with the load balance.

Don’t Leave Empty Spaces in the Boxes

Fill in gaps with clothing, towels or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel unbalanced or loosely packed.

Avoid Mixing Items from Different Rooms in the Same Box

Following this tip will help make your packing and unpacking go a lot smoother.

Label each Box with the Room it’s Destined for and a Description of

its Contents

This will let you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed, as well as to make sure you still have everything when you arrive at your new home.

How to Pack Artwork

Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick. For pictures framed behind glass, make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then, wrap the
pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.

Tape Boxes Well

Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques making a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is 

most concentrated.

Bundle Breakables

As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched‑up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish‑barrel boxes.

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