Moving is a lot of work. Being able to plan ahead and having a game plan might help the process of a stressful move. Packing requires the right materials and significant attention to detail. A key point is to keep your fragile items in pristine condition throughout the entire move. Moving might not be a fun activity but making sure all your items make it in one whole piece might be a rewarding challenge.
The Packing Material you Choose will Matter
Using the right packaging material is the first step to ensure your valuables are kept safe during transport and/or storage. Different items require different packing options to help keep them protected. For example, if you’re planning to store your items for a long period of time verses a short period of time you might consider using sturdy plastic containers verses cardboard boxes. Also you will need to be mindful of what packing materials you use when packing your clothing verses when packing fine china or glassware. Be mindful.
Paper: Many people use newspaper to wrap their glassware and valuables, but this isn’t always the best solution. Consider heavier grades of paper, or craft paper, for wrapping items.
Packaging peanuts: These are useful to fill empty spaces inside a box and take up the space between the item being protected and the sides of the box. Packing peanuts help the item within the box withstand vibrations and shocks. They also help level out the box to provide the protection your item needs.
Bubble wrap: This is a classic way to cushion your valuables. Simply wrap the inflated material around your fragile items and secure with tape, then load into your box or container, making sure the weight is evenly distributed and the box isn’t too heavy. You can never have too much bubble wrap. It might take up space though, so keep this in mind when you are purchasing boxes. You may need extra containers but it will be worth it considering the alternative of opening your boxes to find your fragile valuables were damaged.
Furniture pads and padded inserts: Padded inserts can be used on glass, dishes, or ceramics. Furniture pads also ensure that the items stay in place.
From Point A to Point B
Don’t forget to make an inventory of what each of your boxes contain. Write the contents on the outside of the container. Don’t forget to clearly label “fragile” on each box with breakable items. This means you actually need to pay attention to the labels when you’re moving the boxes later. You took the time to label, remember you did it for a reason. If the box says fragile, treat it as such or make sure your movers are.
If you plan on storing a lot of fragile items always place bulky, heavy items on the bottom part of the floor or shelf, and the lighter items on top. Taking a little extra time to make sure things are packed correctly will ensure that your moving and storage process is as stress-free as possible.
-Use the right containers and boxes
-Choose the right packing materials
-Take extra time. No shortcuts
-Don’t over stack or over pack
-Label all containers and boxes