Get Started Right

Begin packing several days before your move. Careful packing helps prevent breakage and loss of small and fragile items. Make sure you have plenty of good boxes, packing paper, and tape. Label boxes clearly for easy location of your goods.

Appliances: Use plastic wrap to secure all appliance doors shut when moving. Refrigerator and freezers should be thoroughly dry and doors wedged open for storage. Make sure stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryers make excellent packing areas for bedding, towels and cloths.

Furniture: Place a plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas on end. Disassemble beds and tables. Use plastic wrap to keep bed rails and table legs secured and together. Mark all pieces so you know which bed etc it goes to. If a table cannot be disassembled, place table upside down on padding and stack light weight items on top. Stack boxes on dresser tops and use the drawers for small and fragile items. Towels blankets and sweaters make excellent padding. Most light weight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat". Cover with a bed sheet or a plastic sheet.

Bedding, Clothes, Curtains Drapes and Linens: Certain clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers and protected in wardrobe boxes. For those items not stored in a wardrobe box, carefully fold and store in dresser drawers or cedar chest with bedding and linens. Make sure all items are clean before storing.

Books and Documents: Books and papers get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small boxes. Line boxes with plastic or a simple garbage bag to protect from moisture absorption. Place books flat to protect their spines and fill empty space with bubble wrap or news print.

Dishes and Glassware: There are several dish packing kits available with cells and pouches for your dishes. If you choose not to use one of these be sure to use box sizes that are easy to handle. Dishes and glass get heavy. Place a layer of packing material (padded paper or bubble wrap) on the bottom of the box. All glass items should be wrapped individually: nesting cups and bowls and standing plates saucers and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be places near the top box. Fill in all empty spaces with packing material so everything is snug. Place another layer of packing material on top before securing box. Label all sides of boxes with glassware and do not stack heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

Lamps: Wrap lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps and place in boxes, drawers, freezers or even washing machines. Pad well with packing material, towels or blankets. Pack lamp shades separately with plenty of paper for padding. DO NOT USE NEWSPAPER to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on boxes containing lamps or lamp shades.

Mirrors and Pictures: Wrap your mirrors and pictures in padded paper, place in a mirror/picture pack and identify them with your marker so they are not accidentally banged or bumped. Store upright, on the edge, NEVER Store a mirror or picture flat.

Paintings: Best to only store in climate controlled units. Wrap paintings in padded paper and mirror pack same as mirrors. Mark them as fragile and store them on edge, never flat.

CDs, Tapes, Records: CDs, tapes, and records should be stored on edge, in small boxes, with a plastic liner, to prevent warping.