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Clueless on how to pack? here are some basic tips you should know!

Packing Tips

Many customers utilize Good Movers packing services in order to save time and stress.  The importance of the quality of the packing can not be overstated! We employ several professional packers to help with all of your packing needs. However, if you’d like to pack your items yourself, we have some advice we’d like to share. We’ve broken it down by the six major types of moving boxes.

Packing Small Boxes

Small boxes (sometimes referred to as “Book Boxes”) are for two types of items, very fragile stuff (such as stemware) and very heavy stuff (such as, you guessed it, books). These should also be your heaviest boxes. Larger boxes don’t stand up very well to a lot of weight. Some examples of stuff you can put in small boxes are:

  • Pantry items (Canned goods, spices, etc.)
  • CDs, DVDs, Video Games (Cassettes, VHS, and 8 tracks too)
  • Fragile items (Small picture frames, delicate glassware)
  • Books
  • Small electronics
  • Desk items
  • Small knick-knacks

Medium Boxes

Bulky and awkward items go best in a medium box. You don’t want to get these quite as heavy as the small boxes if you can avoid it. Some examples include:

  • Bigger electronics (speakers, DVD players, older monitors)
  • Kitchenware (pots and pans)
  • Small appliances (toasters, coffee pots, and that gift you can’t throw away but never use)
  • Folded clothing
  • Shoes
  • Lampshades

Large Boxes

Lightweight and bulky items should go in large boxes. Some examples include:

  • Linens (bedding and towels)
  • Camping gear
  • Decorative pillows
  • Microwaves
  • Lamps

Dish Packs

Dish packs are obviously great for dishes. You can put a lot of other breakable stuff in them as well.  They are double-walled so they provide an extra layer of protection. You should start with a thick layer of packing paper between each layer of items. The heaviest items go on the bottom and the lightest on top. Plates should stand vertically (after being wrapped in packing paper) at the bottom for the best protection. Cups and glasses go in the second layer and the more fragile stuff can go up top.  

Packing Mirror Cartons

Mirror cartons are extremely handy for skinny items over 18″ wide or 27″ tall.  They come as a four-piece set so they can adapt to fit any size. You can usually put more than one item in each box to save some time and money. Packing paper or paper pads should be used as an extra layer of protection.  Some examples of items you want to use mirror cartons for are:

  • Mirrors (duh)
  • Pictures
  • Paintings
  • Monitors
  • Flat Screen TVs   

Packing Wardrobes

Last but not least are wardrobes.  These handy dandy boxes are great for transporting your hanging clothes efficiently so that they arrive wrinkle-free and clean.  They’re also awesome for lawn tools like rakes and shovels.

General Tips

Make sure all of the dead space in your boxes are filled with packing paper and that they are sealed with packing tape.  We like to say make sure the box is HOT (Hard On Top). Start early and do one room at a time so that unpacking is easier. Label the boxes by room and list the major items in each box on the outside.  When you finish, stack the boxes in a corner of the room.

The inventory you receive from your quote will have the estimated number of each box that you will need. We are happy to deliver boxes purchased from us to you once your move is booked with free delivery. We will take back any material that you do not use and subtract the cost from your move total. Reach out to us if you’re interested in getting a packing material quote!

If you follow these steps, your items are sure to arrive safely at your destination. You will also reduce your bill since uniform boxes are much easier to move and load and labeled boxes are much easier to unload.