Packing Tips

Packing Tips

“HOW THE HECK DO I PACK MY BOXES?” We get asked this question a lot. Packing is arguably one of the least fun parts of moving. Many of our customers utilize our packing services as part of their move in order to save time (and stress). However, the vast majority of our customers prefer to pack their own boxes, for various reasons, and often ask us for advice on the best way to pack. Well, we’re here to help! Although there are many different ways to go about packing, we try to think outside the box, or in this case, INSIDE the box:

Small Boxes
The general rule of thumb for small boxes (often referred to as “book boxes”) is to pack fragile and smaller, heavier items. The smaller the box, the heavier you can pack it. Larger boxes do not hold heavy weight quite as well. Some examples of what to pack in these boxes are:

  • Canned goods
  • CDs & DVDs (or cassettes and VHS if you got ’em)
  • Fragile/glass items (dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Books
  • Small electronics
  • Toys, baby items, and other odds and ends.

Medium Boxes
Bulkier, awkward items should be packed in a medium box. 1 to 3 items of average weight and awkward shape would be best here. Some examples of what to pack in these boxes are:

  • Kitchenware / pots and pans
  • Small appliances
  • Computer towers
  • Everyday clothing and shoes
  • Lamp shades

Large Boxes
Large boxes should be packed with light and/or bulky items. As long as the box doesn’t get too heavy, feel free to stuff it full! Some examples of what to pack in these boxes are:

  • Linens (Sheets, towels, blankets, etc.)
  • Sleeping bags and other camping gear
  • Lamps
  • Medium appliances (Looking at you, microwave.)
  • Other large household items

Dish Pack Boxes
These boxes are obviously great for their namesake – dishes. But they can also be used for other fragile items. The great thing about these boxes is that they are double-walled boxes and offer strength and protection for breakable pieces. Be sure to use packing paper to wrap these items and to form a cushion at the bottom and top of the box. Some examples of what to pack in these boxes are:

  • Dishes and fine china
  • Wine glasses
  • Ornaments
  • Porcelain keepsakes
  • Small breakables

Picture/Mirror Carton
Last but not least, we present: the picture/mirror carton. These boxes are pretty cool because most come as an adjustable kit which will allow the box to expand and contract to size in order to protect your wall hangings. Keep in mind that you can usually fit more than one picture or mirror per carton to save time and money. It’s also a great idea to use bubble wrap or packing paper to create a layer of protection – especially if the frames have glass. You can use these boxes for the following:

  • Mirrors (obviously)
  • Pictures (again)
  • Canvas paintings
  • Other decorative wall hangings