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Tips and Tricks

Susan's Moving Tips


How to Use a Wardrobe Box

Neoprene Floor Runners and Moving Booties


How to build a file box


How to Load a Tapegun


How to use a Mirror / Picture Box

The use of masking tape.

Packing Crystal (pt 1)

Packing Crystal (pt2)

Packing Silverwear

Packing Wine Glasses


Here are some more general tips that will make the job easier:

  • Assemble all your packing materials before you start.
  • Tackle one room at a time. This will give you a sense of momentum as well as keep you organized for when you unpack.
  • Line boxes first - a towel or blanket when using a rented box and unprinted newspaper for cardboard boxes.
  • Place heavier items on the bottom, lighter ones on top.

Packing Tableware

Wrap each dish in either polyfoam or unprinted newsprint and place on end in the box. Make sure that each row is snug, so that the dishes will stand up straight. Use lots of padding.

Packing Crystal and Stemware

Wrap the stem first, then the whole piece. If possible, use a protective material like Bubble-Wrap or Bubble-Paper. Place each item upside down in a divided carton and be sure to use lots of padding. Mark the box as "FRAGILE".

Packing Silverware

Polish and wrap in plastic bags to prevent scratching and tarnishing. Alternately, polish and wrap in polyfoam.

Packing Books

Use small cartons because books tend to be heavy. Alternate rows—Bound edge to open edge.

Packing Records

Use small cartons and pack vertically in a box that has been padded on the top and bottom.

Packing a Record Player

Remove needle and tape down the arm and turntable. Pack alone in a box with lots of padding.

When Packing Lamps

Dismantle and label the parts, then place them in a bag. Put lamp and parts in the same box. Pad with throw cushions or shredded paper. Lampshades can be stacked. Pack them in a separate box.

When Packing Small Appliances

Clean well so they are grease-free. Coil the cords and fasten to each appliance. Wrap and label any parts

Packing Large Appliances

These must be empty, clean and dry. have an electrician disconnect the stove. Label and pack any loose parts separately. Use protective tape on burners, shelves, knobs and doors. Tie down the power unit.

Packing Rugs

If they have been cleaned, keep them rolled up.

Packing Slipcovers, Bedspreads & Upholstered Items

Package smaller items in plastic bags. Cover larger ones with plastic or old sheets and fasten securely around the edges.

Moving Mattresses

Get a mattress box from The Moving Store®. Otherwise cover with plastic, (also available at The Moving Store®).

Moving Garden Furniture & Barbecue

Clean, dismantle and pack individual parts in boxes. Propane tanks must be moved separately.

Moving Motors, Lawnmowers & Snowmobiles

Before the move, empty out any gasoline and clean well.

Packing Pictures, Mirrors, Radios and Clocks

Wrap small pieces in blankets. Large pictures and mirrors should be wrapped with protective pads and placed on end in cartons. (Mirror cartons and protective wrapping available at The Moving Store®).

Packing Medicines

Be sure not to pack any medicine you may need during the move e.g.: Aspirin for headaches and rubbing ointment for sore muscles). Secure all caps and wrap each bottle in a plastic bag (unless the bottle is glass, in which case you should wrap it in polyfoam.

Packing Kitchen Items

Keep cutlery in drawer divider and wrap in clean paper (Unprinted newspaper available at The Moving Store®). Wrap bottles and preserves individually in plastic bags then place upright in liquor cartons (If using a regular box, be sure to use lots of padding.

Packing Fixtures

All items attached to the floor, walls and ceilings such as drapes, blinds, and light fixtures must be dismantled and packed. Arrange beforehand to have the moving company do this.

Special Notes

If you are looking for a good mover, please ask. We can refer you to a variety of reputable movers. If you have any questions about hard-to-pack items feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced moving consultants.