Packing 101

Packing 101

It may seem easier to rush through packing, but keep this advice in mind to make sure your belongings stay safe and the move is efficient.

Label everything

When you’re packing, be as prepared as possible. Julian Grefe from Old City Movers in Philadelphia says that the movers only need to know which side is the top, whether the items are fragile, and what location it should be deposited in. “You don’t need to write that the box is heavy or list the contents of the box for the movers. If you want to list the contents somewhere on the box for yourself, that is fine,” Grefe says.

Choose the correct boxes

For the majority of your items, you should go with medium sized boxes. Shoe boxes and other smaller boxes should be consolidated into a larger one. However, smaller boxes can be better for heavier items. “For packing books, 12” x 12” x 18” is a good guideline. Anything smaller is hard to carry, and anything larger is borderline impossible and can hurt both the mover and the contents,” Grefe says. Dishes should be packed in small boxes and labeled clearly. “Do not put them into large boxes no matter how much packing material you have,” he says.

Wrap fragile items

Paper works fine for fragile items such as crystal and china. Newspapers work well, and if you’re worried about the newsprint rubbing off, companies like U-Haul sell newspaper with no print.

Empty or remove drawers

Always empty drawers from dressers and desks. Keeping them full will put a lot of stress on the furniture and also make them more difficult to move. With filing cabinets, you should really take out the drawers. Filing cabinets are very heavy and hard to hold onto, and can be dangerous to take down stairs.  Grefe says that you should at least empty the top half of the cabinet to make it safer to move. 

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