Packing all your own items will save you a pile of money. It can also be quite stressful if you aren’t prepared, so here are some simple techniques to make it easier.
Use The Proper Packing Materials.
Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased at local moving/shipping companies, self storage facilities, or can be ordered in turnkey kits from www.Uboxes.com. Why try to guess how many boxes, tape etc. you will when Uboxes will provide a complete kit (based on your specific needs) at discount prices.
You Can’t Move That!
Here is a partial list of common household items movers will NOT ship:
Acid, Aerosols, Ammonia, Ammunition, Batteries, Car batteries, Charcoal, Charcoal lighter fluid, Chemistry sets, Cleaning fluid, Cooking fuel (Sterno), Fertilizer, Fireworks, Frozen foods, Gasoline, Kerosene, Lamp oil, Liquid bleach, Loaded weapons, Matches, Motor oil, Nail polish remover, Open foods, Paints, Paint thinner, Pesticides, Plants, Poisons, Pool chemicals, Produce, Propane tanks, Weed killer
Ask your mover for a complete list before you start packing.
Tools and Materials
- Razor, knife and scissors
- Dark, water-resistant marker (Sharpie)
- Packing tape
- Styrofoam peanuts
- Labels (ex. fragile, load first, load last, do not load)
One Room at a Time
It’s more efficient (and less stressful) if you pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each box appropriately (on top and side) with a description of its contents. Boxes containing breakable or sentimental items should always be labeled as “Fragile”. Keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking easier.
Empty all Drawers of Breakable Items or Anything that Might Spill
Also, it’s a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container so they won’t get lost or damaged.
Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil based paints and certain cleaning fluids.
A Little TLC
Wrap each item individually and always place a layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the box or carton for cushioning. Fill empty spaces with additional crushed paper. When wrapping glass, carefully put paper in the glass as well.
Will You Be Storing Anything?
If so, make sure your boxes are firmly packed with the heavier items on the bottom. It’s a smart idea to pack according to the season(s) which your things will be in storage and mark the boxes appropriately.
A Note From The Chiropractor
Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to carry.
When Packing The Truck
Make sure the items you need first are loaded last (e.g., kitchen items, television and radio). Use common sense, keep in mind the the size, sturdiness and weight of your boxes.
It Pays To Plan Ahead
Pack a separate bag with toiletries, a change of clothes, etc., for the first couple of days after the move.