Moving involves many things. One of those things is knowing how to pack boxes correctly, and the second is packing boxes appropriately in the truck. If you aren’t sure how to pack boxes and maximize their storage, we’ll share tips for packing a moving box correctly.
BUY ALL-SIZE BOXES
PACK ACCORDING TO ROOMS
LABEL THE BOXES
SEAL BOXES WITH TAPE
PROTECT ITEMS WITH APPROPRIATE LINERS
PUT HEAVY ITEMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX
PUT ITEMS IN APPROPRIATE BOXES
Finding boxes isn’t as complicated as you may think. It is easier if you know where to find them and have an idea of what you are looking for. Most home supply stores will have all kinds of boxes you may need for the move. If you have a packing supplies checklist, take it with you when you go to buy everything you need.
The following are the tips that’ll help make packing a lot less stressful.
If you aren’t sure how many boxes you’ll need, buy different sizes and pack according to the size of the item and appliances you want to put in the box. Don’t put items from different rooms together in one box. Try to keep all rooms separate, this will make it easier to unpack when you get to your new home.
PRO TIP: Maximize the usage of all boxes and fill them up. This will save you money and time.
Whatever you do please don’t forget to pack each room in its rightful box. Yes, understandably sometimes you may end up with a box that has a lot of space and that may tempt you into using it for other things that don’t belong to that particular room.
It is okay to save money by using up all the space, but you need to make sure the weight of the box doesn’t exceed the weight you’re able to carry. If it's too heavy, it’ll be difficult to move around and it may break down. This is not the way to pack.
Packing everything by room separately will help make unpacking easier when you get to your new home.
There are so many liners and protectors to choose from. You can use them to protect all your items, especially fragile items. These can range from bubble wrap, cling wrap, polyethylene foam, newspapers, and furniture blankets. Liners and protectors also help protect against dust, scratches, etc.
Glasses and mugs
Liquid items like shower gels, and dishwasher soap (especially if they’ve been opened)
If you aren’t sure about the right ones to buy, go to your local Home Depot, Lowes, or any home supply store and ask a store assistant for guidance. Make sure to buy enough of these supplies so your furniture and other items are properly protected before placing them in the box. Buy enough to also avoid going back and forth for more.
Don’t forget to label boxes so you don’t get them mixed up. This is especially important if you have professional packers or friends and family helping you pack. You can easily label boxes with markers or you can buy ready-made labels in-store ( Michaels, etc).
You can label boxes before or after packing. Remember to label them before sealing them with tape.
PRO TIP: write down markers in your packing supplies checklist so you don’t forget them while shopping.
Once all your boxes are fully packed, seal them with tape as the last step before moving them to the truck. You can use any tape of your choice, but masking tape is the best for sealing boxes. Wrap the tape around the box twice or 3 times.
Again, if you aren’t sure of the type of tape to use for your boxes, ask for help from professionals in the store.
You should make sure that your boxes are not too heavy or not too light, this is important because you’ll have to stack them so they are well balanced. Put all the heavy items at the bottom of the box so they don’t squish the lighter items.
An example would be kitchen pants and utensils. Pack the plates at the bottom then follow with the utensils. Fill up pots with cutlery to save space.
There are several boxes made for different item sizes and packing needs.
Large or extra large boxes
Picture/ art box
Sports equipment box
It is easy to find these boxes in stores so, buy all sizes and start packing away. When you find the right size boxes, the packing process will be so much easier. Television boxes can also be used for artwork if you're unable to find any boxes specifically for that. All other boxes have multiple uses too. So maximize as much as you can.
Packing boxes shouldn’t feel like an impossible task, that’s why it is important to do some research to be better prepared before you start the process. It can be difficult to know exactly how to pack boxes especially if you don’t have help, however, if that’s the case, you can always hire professional packers to help with packing.
Remember to use the box space as much as possible without overfilling them. You want to be able to pick them up and place them in the truck without breaking your back or the box itself.
Capital City Movers will take care of that for you. With our professional packers, you are sure to have a smooth packing experience. Contact us for a FREE QUOTE at (718) 619 4881 and visit our website for more information on all our services. Happy Moving!!