for your Move
especially the do-it-yourself kind, are so happy to finally arrive
in their new home that they don't even mind that the dinner plates
are chipped, there's a scratch on the coffee table or their favorite
lampshade is bruised and battered. But there's no reason your
household goods should become casualties of the move. With a little
care and planning,
you and your stuff will both arrive in mint condition.
A little common sense helps. Think of a stack of dishes in a box
on the bed of a bouncing truck.
No matter how well the sides are padded, a firm up-and-down jolt
could crack the entire stack.
On the other hand, dishes packed on edge and surrounded by bubble
wrap have a better chance of surviving the trip unharmed.
In the long run, it
pays to purchase the right packing materials. Sturdy boxes, packing
tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts can be purchased at moving
companies and truck-rental firms. Supplement with copious amounts
of crumpled paper, blankets and pillows; even clothing can serve
as a buffer between breakable objects. Then, pack with a plan.
- Pack one room
at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents
and its destination (e.g., kitchen, bathroom). Be as specific
as you can;
it will make unpacking that much easier.
- Keep the weight
of your boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small
boxes to make them easier to carry.
- Don't apply tape
directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape
could ruin the surface.
- Double-box fragile
items and add plenty of cushioning.
need for the first night/day
When everything is
packed and ready to load, make sure the items you need least
are loaded first. Again, common sense is essential when loading
Place the box containing your best china on top of the box of encyclopedias
and not vice versa.
Prepare for the first
night in your new home by packing essential items in a separate
and carrying it with you. You may even want to prepare a simple
meal that you can heat
and serve on your first night.
- For each person
in the household: a change of clothes, a towel, prescription drugs,
a toothbrush, and other personal items.
- For everyone: plastic
utensils, paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, toilet paper,
toiletries, trash bags, a flashlight, first aid kit including
pain relievers, pencil and paper, snacks, beverages, and re-closable
- Small tool kit
for re-assembling items that couldn't be moved whole.
Packing with good
technique and the right materials can mean an easier move and fewer