How to Pack Like a Pro
Make the most of the packing phase of your move. A little time investment here will save you hours when you’re unpacking at your new address.
What You’ll Need
- Strong cardboard boxes and plastic bins
- Packing tape
- Permanent markers for labelling
- Wardrobe cartons
- Packing paper, bubble wrap and tissue paper
- Scissors or a small knife
Where to Start
- Start packing a few weeks before your official moving day. Start with what you WON’T need at your new place—these can be moved and stored easier than the items you use daily.
- Work to clear one room at a time. Label cartons clearly and leave enough detail that anyone involved in the move can easily tell what’s inside a box.
- Keep a master list of cartons. This will serve as a helpful inventory and can help ensure you and your moving team know exactly what needs to go.
- Be sure to label items that you’ll need immediately at your residence—that will give us enough information to help make your first few hours at your new place as comfortable and convenient as possible.
- Invest in bubble wrap and packing paper. These are inexpensive ways to protect your items from scratches and dents.
- Don’t forget to seal the bottom of boxes with packing tape to avoid accidents.
- Fill packing cartons full enough to prevent shifting during your move.
- Close your cartons securely with packing tape.
- Try to keep your cartons below 50 pounds for the most efficient moving.
- Store heavy items at the bottom of a box, freeing up the top for lighter, more delicate items.
- Be sure the lids are tight on bottles. Leaky bottles can stain other items.
- Place decorative items as you would display them, labelling boxes with ‘This Way Up!’ as a reminder.
- Wardrobe cartons can make your move stress-free. Your clothes can be taken directly from the wardrobe and hung in a wardrobe box to save time. Plus, there’s no ironing needed!
- Don’t focus just on your clothing. Storing bed linens, towels and blankets with your clothes is a good idea.
- You can leave lightweight items inside a dresser during your move.
- Whenever possible, try to pack electronic items like DVD players, TVs and game consoles, in their original boxes.
- Be sure to use strong cartons to pack your electronics. Keep wires and cords together to reduce confusion when you arrive at your new place.
- Mark boxes containing electronics as fragile and indicate which room they should be sent to at your new address.
Packing Mirrors & Framed Pictures
- Pack individual pieces or groups into mirror cartons and be sure to use plenty of packing paper when you wrap them.
- Label the cartons containing mirrors as fragile and indicate which room of your new address they should be sent to.
- Always stand glass items, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Don’t let them lay flat