How To Pack

There are a few hard-to-pack items includes as part of our standard moving service. We know from experience it’s better to leave some things to the professionals. Let us take care of:

  • TVs
  • Lamps
  • Plants
  • Artwork
  • Hanging clothes in closets

Here are more packing tips from the professionals:

General Tips

  • Start packing now. Start with items (books, etc.) you hardly use.
  • Protect your items with packing material. Newspapers are effective and readily available.
  • Separate your breakable items from your non-breakable items, so the appropriate boxes can be given extra care. Mark them “FRAGILE.”
  • Buy an assortment of quality boxes in standard sizes. can help you order the right type and amount. You can order over the phone from any of our Moving Coordinators.
  • Pack all boxes as tightly as possible, but watch the weight. Load heavier items on the bottom, to maintain balance. No box should ever weigh more than 50 lbs, and 20-30 lbs. maximum is preferable.
  • Use real packing tape, not masking tape – it’s not strong enough.
  • Label boxes clearly, on several sides. They should be legible, even if stacked in a corner. Start an inventory list, on paper or on your computer. Be consistent with your labeling method. List the general contents on the outside of the box for quick reference.
  • For a box that contains items you’ll need immediately (cooking utensils, toiletries, remotes, etc.), mark “OPEN FIRST” on the outside of the box.
  • Carry irreplaceable items with you, along with immediate necessities like cell-phone chargers and personal items, in a special suitcase or bag.

How To Pack Specific Items?

Packing Plates and Flat China

 Plates and Flat China
Begin with the larger items. Smaller items can go toward the top. Wrap each piece individually with several pieces of newsprint. Next, wrap three to five previously wrapped plates together and stand each bundle on its edge. Never lay them flat. Add 3-4 inches of crumpled paper and a cardboard divider before creating a second level.

Packing Glassware and Crystal

 Glassware and Crystal
Always individually wrap and never put one piece inside another. Place on the very top level of your carton and pack rim down. Especially fragile items should be packed in a separate carton and then packed in a larger carton surrounded by cushioning.

Packing Bowls

Wrap individually and then nest two to three together and wrap as an entire package. Place on end or flat. Use crumpled paper and a cardboard divider before adding layers.

Packing Lamps

Remove shade, bulb and harp assembly. Double wrap the bulb and harp assembly. Wrap the base and cushion it in a dish pack or similar type box. For lampshades, select the carton size close to the shade measurements. Pack only one shade per container. Don’t use crumpled newsprint inside or around the outside of the shade. Glass lampshades and chandeliers should be professionally packed in sturdy crates.

Packing Food

Of course, never pack perishable items, aerosol kitchen products or frozen food. Box dry foods in medium-sized cartons after taping any openings or tops closed. Jars should also be taped shut and wrapped as well as cushioned. Pack cans and jars in smaller cartons.

Packing Clothing

Clothing can be left in sturdy dressers or packed in suitcases, if desired. Other foldable clothing should be packed in medium-sized cartons. Hanging clothing should be packed in wardrobe cartons available from Moving and Storage. If wardrobe cartons are not used, be sure to remove hangers and pack in lined cartons. Hats should be left in their boxes and packed in moving cartons. Small cartons loosely filled with newsprint also help protect hats.

Packing Mirrors, Glass Table Tops, Pictures, Paintings

 Mirrors, Glass Table Tops, Pictures, Paintings, etc.
We recommend purchasing special cartons for all but the smallest items in this category. Mirror and picture cartons can handle most items. Only one article should be packed in each carton. You will want to consider professional crating assistance for oversized or heavy items such as table tops.

Packing Glasses and Cups

 Glasses and Cups
Wrap individually. Cups with handles should be cushioned with another layer of paper. Pack with rims down. Cushion and layer with crumpled paper.

Packing Books

Pack in smaller boxes with open edges alternating with the bindings. Hardback books, or those with fragile covers should be wrapped for protection.

Packing Draperies and Curtains

 Draperies and Curtains
Wardrobe cartons are excellent for hanging curtains and drapes. You can also fold them and pack in cartons that have been lined with clean newsprint.

Packing Bedding

Mattresses must be covered to protect them from soil and damage. Appropriate sized cartons are recommended and available from Moving and Storage.

Packing Small Appliances

 Small Appliances
Clocks, radios and other small appliances should be individually wrapped and packed along with linens or towels or surrounded with crushed paper for protection.

Packing Electronics and Clocks

 Electronics and Clocks
Original manufacturers packaging with styrofoam inserts provides the best protection for moving electronic goods. If these are not available, large or medium cartons should be used and the item well wrapped and cushioned. Larger home electronics such as consoles and large screen TVs should not be packed and will be moved as furniture. Computers and grandfather clocks require special pre-move preparation. Consult with Moving and Storage or a local dealer to determine what is required for moving these items.

Packing Washing Machines

 Washing Machines
Washing machines should have all hoses disconnected and containerized. If you place hoses in the tub or drum, be sure to wrap the metal couplings with cloth or paper to avoid damage to the tub’s surface. Unplug the electric cord and tape to the back. Secure the washer drum with materials available from Moving and Storage.

Packing Major Appliances

 Major Appliances
Many appliances require special servicing, disconnecting and preparation. Upon request, Moving and Storage will arrange third party services to prepare these items for your move. You may be able to perform most of the requirements yourself.

Packing Refrigerators

Refrigerators should be emptied of all food. Shelves should be secured in place or detached and wrapped. The electric cord should be unplugged and taped to the back. If there is an icemaker, it should be disconnected from the water line and drained in advance.


Any power tools containing gasoline or oil should be drained before moving. Long handled tools can be bundled. Hand tools should be wrapped and packed

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