own packing? Start six weeks to one month before your move,
and plan carefully to save time and money and minimize the
work for you!
Don't pack junk
There's no sense in moving a lot of stuff you don't want.
Decide what you're going to throw out, sell or give away.
Get your equipment ready
Pick up free boxes and other packing materials that are
often available at stores, or buy them from storage or moving
companies. Start saving newspapers and other wrapping materials.
Make sure you have plenty of strong, wide packing tape to
tape boxes securely.
Begin your packing with seldom-used or off-season items.
Label tops and sides of boxes with content and destination.
Keep a master inventory list detailing what's in each box
and the box number in case any cartons go missing or you
need to find something after it's packed.
Put things you'll need right away in boxes marked "Open
Make up "Do Not Move" cartons for items you'll
be taking in the car.
Don't forget to empty the "secret hiding places"
in your home.
Protect your belongings
Use "fragile" stickers and "this end up"
arrows on cartons requiring special care.
Use towels and blankets as extra padding.
Wrap dishes in clean paper or bubble wrap, not newspaper,
to avoid ink stains.
Pack flat items, such as china dishes, mirrors and pictures,
Pack lampshades by themselves and take light bulbs out of
Pack books on edge in small cartons. Be careful not to pack
too many to lift!
Pack electronics and computer equipment in the boxes they
came in whenever possible. Tape down moving parts to avoid
damage during the move.
Put CDs, records and tapes on edge, packed tightly so they
don't shift around.
Tie brooms, mop handles and curtain rods in bundles.
Use wardrobe cartons to move clothing.
If you disassemble furniture, put the bolts, fasteners and
assembly instructions in a plastic bag and tape to the underside
of one of the pieces.
Fill the washing machine tub with blankets or stuffed animals
to keep it secure during transport.
Secure drawers inside the fridge or other appliances so
they don't come loose. But don't tape bureau drawers shut
it could damage the finish!
Tape any sharp edges, such as scissors or tools, to prevent injury.
Don't pack oily rags. Dispose of them.
Make sure containers of dangerous fluids are tightly closed.
Put paints, fertilizers, insecticides, etc. in strong cartons, padded
firmly to avoid spillage. Clearly mark any boxes containing harmful
Do not overfill cartons they should weigh less than 23 kg(50 lbs).
Pack small articles in small boxes and nest them into a large
Wrap fabrics and china in clean newsprint.
Wrap all items separately to protect fine surfaces and protrusions from
Wrap small articles in coloured paper so they will not be discarded
with packing material.
If you must ship liquids, fasten and tape lids, seal in a plastic bag
and place upright in a carton.
Record the contents of each carton in a notebook. Label each carton
with your name, room location and special directions.
Tape small pieces and screws to where they belong or put them in a carton
labelled "Set-Up Carton" for easy access at destination.
Place a "Do Not Move" sign on items, that are to remain in
Place items from desks and drawers in small labelled
cartons. Loose clothing may remain in dresser drawers.
Assign a place for suitcases and other items that are not to go in the
Send your important documents by Registered Mail or valuables (jewellery,
furs, etc.) security carrier, or carry them with you.
Roll and tie electrical cords so they will not tangle.
Prepare a "Load Last Unload First" carton for things you will
need as soon as you arrive.