Dan Gilbertson, owner of highly rated Movemasters in Denver, says he starts packing by crumpling up protective paper and creating a cushion on the bottom of the box.
Angie's How To Pack a Moving Box
Everybody moves. Whether you’re flying from your parents’ nest, switching towns for a job or just want a permanent change of scenery, you’ll need to pack up your belongings. But do it in a way where nothing will break or become damaged. Follow this advice from professional moving companies on how to properly pack a box.
Heavy items, like books and dishes, should only be put into small boxes, says Justin McCarty, general manager of highly rated Metropolitan Moving & Storage in Rockville, Maryland. Putting heavy items in larger boxes makes them too heavy to lift.
Gilbertson says that overpacking heavy items isn’t productive or time-effective. “Some people think, 'Instead of 20 small boxes, I’ll just pack 5 large boxes.’ But then it requires two people to carry the box.”
Protect dishes and other fragile items by wrapping them in paper. McCarty says to wrap each individual plate — don’t throw all the plates into the box and surround them with paper — because even the slightest shift of the box could lead to the items breaking.
“No matter what you’re packing, make sure your boxes are full to capacity,” McCarty says. If there’s nothing left to pack, put paper in the box. According to McCarty, it’s important to fill all the boxes, so when they get stacked while being transported, they don’t dent or cave in, which could break what’s inside.
Gilbertson says that even when the box is full and he doesn’t need to fill more space, he’ll put a few pieces of paper at the top of the box to give it a little more protection against caving.
After you’ve filled the box, tape both ends closed. This way, if the boxes get turned sideways or upside down during the moving process, there’s not risk of items spilling out. McCarty suggests using paper tape because it’s durable, but is also easy to tear and doesn’t tangle like masking tape.
Lastly, write on the top of the box in what room it needs to go. This will make it easier for you or a professional mover who doesn’t do your packing to place the boxes, once you’ve transported them to the new house.