How to Pack for a Move...
It will Save you Time & Money!




Be safe, smart and efficent when you pack!

If you are doing your own packing,
make sure you give youself plenty of time;
at least six weeks before your move date
and plan carefully.

Careful planning and packing
will save you time, money and
a lot of hair pulling.


Make sure to pack everything that belongs in a particular room together in a room labeled box. It also makes unpacking easier once you get where you're going.

Start packing one room at a time, packing smaller items first to get them out of the way. Carefully mark and tape each box so you can find everything when you unpack.

Packed boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds. Smaller, same-sized boxes are a lot easier to move than a bunch of different-size boxes.

Pack heavier items on the bottom in a box.

Towels, shirts, and non breakables can be packed in garbage bags. Make sure to use heavy bags with ties, and make sure the bags arn ‘t packed so full that they are hard to handle. Label the bags so they are not mistaken as trash! Bags of clothes, etc can be used as a barrier between fragile items in the moving van or truck.

Make sure all boxes can close properly and be sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box, you risk damage to the contents. Use packing tape NOT duck tape to seal boxes.

Most of the rental companies sell boxes and tape and all other supplies. These are the best boxes to use as they are of uniform size (they stack better) and are studier than free boxes (from the grocery stores that were made for one use.) U-hul will buy back any unused boxes so be sure to save your receipt. Penske also offers free shipping of moving supplies.

Small, loose items should be boxed or bagged and sealed securely before placing into a larger box.

When packing boxes remember that towels, washcloths and socks make excellent packing material for fragile items. They can also be put on top of half empty to fill them.

Write large numbers on the outside of each box. The makes it much easier to quickly spot any that are missing. Also write which room to box belongs in. Keep an inventory list of each box and its contents. This will be necessary if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.

Pack a suitcase for each member of the family several days in advance.

Use masking to make a large “X” on any mirrors, glass table tops, pictures, curio cabinets and anything with a lot of glass. This may prevent it from breaking from vibration and if the glass breaks, it will help contain the broken pieces. Consider removing glass panels and packing them inside a drawer.

If moving liquids, either transfer them into a sealable container or make sure the lid is secured by taping it down, then put it into a waterproof bag, seal the bag then place it upright into a box. Clearly mark the box with arrows and "This End Up".

Clean out the kitchen. Toss away junk and only box things that you use. Use your kitchen food storage containers for all loose things you find as you empty drawers from the kitchen, desks, or table drawers.

Label boxes according to contents and rooms they belong in then securely close or tape them. Use various sized bags for the same purpose. Add a sticky note inside each bag noting the contents like "stereo cables" and "pens and pencils". Place all containers and bags inside a larger box labeled appropriately with room and content.

Begin taking apart any large items and placing all hardware in double-thick Ziploc bags according to contents and room. Keep all bags in one box along with the proper tools -- allen wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. This will make it easier to put everything back together when you have moved in. Make sure you keep the box of hardware and tools in a central place where everyone can find it. This will make re-assembling much easier. Place in it the small things like video ear plugs, remote controls, boxes of nails and things you will need immediately after moving in.

Stack the boxes as you are finished filling, taping, and labeling them. Try to keep them stacked in the rooms that you have finished packing.

Keep a box labeled "Load Last, unload first" for the essentials you'll need when you arrive.

Keep the contents of your dresser drawers as they are. If there are breakables inside, pack towels on top or around them to prevent breakage and to prevent the drawers from getting disorganized.

Of course, the furniture is lighter if empty and going through everything gives you a chance to throw out old items so you arn ‘t moving junk.

Keep all power strips and extension cords and grounded adapters in one specific box; they'll be much easier to find later on. Very clearly label the hardware box and the extension cord box.

Consider spray-painting both boxes bright yellow or red. Place all the screws or bolts back into an item after it has been taken apart. This way, you can connect the bed or put the lampshade back on immediately instead of searching for them.

Begin packing well in advance seasonal items like Christmas lights, coats, garden tools if you aren’t going to use them until after your move.

Don’t invest a lot of money in bubble wrap or packing peanuts if you can avoid it. In addition to saving money, this will also keep the post-unpacking mess to a minimum. There are some cases where the extra expense in certainly justified but check around for recycled items and avoid the syyrofoam peanuts that are not biodegradable.

If you’re stuck buying boxes or will be leaving some boxes in storage or outside, consider getting some plastic bins instead. Discount stores often have bins for not much more that cardboard, and they are studier, have built-in handles, stack easy, and are water resistant. Some bins are even bug proof.

Pack your cleaning supplies on the truck last as you will need those item first at your new home.