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KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM

Packing the kitchen is generally the most time consuming and requires the greatest skill.?? Glass cracks and breaks quite easily, so here are some techniques the professionals utilize to avoid damages.

 

The novice packer almost never uses enough packing paper.?? As with all packing, make sure the box is full and nothing can rattle or roll.?? Even if you have to fill half the box with crinkled packing paper, make sure the box is full.?? A box that is partially full is inherently weaker and could collapse in on itself.?? The contents of half full boxes will bounce around and cause breakage.

 

The best packing advice is to wrap everything with plenty of packing paper, and to pack tightly all the way to the top of the box.?? Seal with tape and label the contents.

 

3.1 cu. ft. boxes can be used for pots, pans, and small appliances.

 

Use 1.5 cu. ft. boxes and dish packs for all breakables.?? Stemware should be rolled in a sheet of packing paper and packed vertically.?? Do not pack glass on its side.?? Glass is much stronger on its end.?? Wrap each piece of glassware with a full sheet of paper.

 

Plates should be well wrapped, and packed on end.

 

Silverware and utensils should be wrapped in paper bundles and taped to prevent movement.

 

Knives should be wrapped in paper, taped, and then rolled in a piece of cardboard.?? Crinkled paper should be placed in the sharp end of the knife pack.

 

Sharp knives that are improperly packed can cut through the box and injure someone.?? I have seen sharp knives sticking out of boxes, and yes, good men have sustained injuries.?? You just don???t expect a dagger jutting out the side of a moving box.

 

The contents of the fridge should be packed in a cooler.?? The fridge must be empty in order to be moved.?? This is a good time to clean out your fridge and throw out what you don???t want anymore.?? The coolers can be the last items loaded on the truck and the first to come off.

 

Being that the kitchen is the hardest room to pack up in a typical home, people often request a partial pack job.?? You can hire the professional packers to box up just your kitchen, if you choose.

THE BATHROOMS

Bathrooms are the easiest rooms in the house to pack due to their small size.?? The main concern with the bathrooms is mixing up little items and the contents of the containers spilling out.?? Some of your bathroom items should already be packed in your priority box, labeled for immediate use at your new home.

 

Towels and toilet paper can be packed in 3.1 cu. ft. boxes.

 

Wrap small items in packing paper to prevent them from getting mixed up.?? For example, bobbie pins can be wrapped and taped to keep them together.

 

Make sure all lids are on securely.?? If you have a product that could spill out or leak, put it in a ziplock bag.

 

Cleaning supplies need extra care.?? If the lid does not seal tight it is better to throw it out than for it to spill on your clothes boxes.?? Wrap all glass bottles with paper.?? Keep all containers upright.

 

Label each box with ???This side up,??? with an arrow.?? The boxes should be sealed with tape and labeled which bathroom it goes in at the new house.

THE BEDROOMS

It???s always a good idea to pack a fresh set of sheets in one of your priority boxes.?? Making up your beds is one of the last things you will be doing on move day.?? Don???t waste time searching through countless boxes for fresh linens.?? This is especially true if you have children.?? Putting baby to sleep is one of the big accomplishments of the first day in your new home.

 

Packing up a bedroom is fairly easy.?? Clothes are placed in large boxes and require no bubble wrap or any extra packing care.?? The only danger your clothes face is from an accidental bleach spill or getting wrinkled.

 

All hanging clothes should be packed in a wardrobe box.?? Install the metal rod and hang your clothes up.

 

Folded clothes should be packed in a 3.1 cu. ft. box.

 

Dress shoes should be wrapped in packing paper, unless you have the original shoe box it came in.?? I have always been surprised at how many people hold onto their old shoe boxes.

 

Most moving companies will let you leave clothes in your dressers and chest of drawers, but armoires and hi-boys must be emptied before your move.

 

You must pack all papers, letters, photographs, perfume, and makeup bottles.?? Only fabric can remain in a dresser or chest of drawers.?? Check with your moving company, some require that everything be emptied.

 

All boxes should be labeled with which bedroom it came from and sealed with tape.?? Voila, your bedroom is packed!

LIVING ROOM AND GAME ROOM

Living rooms are relatively easy to pack.?? Sofa, love seat, coffee table, end tables, and television do not require any packing to begin with.?? The entertainment center must be emptied and contents packed.?? Lamps, pictures, and knick knacks, etcetera, must be packed as well.

 

All the toys and games in the game room must be boxed.?? Books that are on shelves, video games, and photo albums must be packed as well.

 

Pictures and wall decor must be boxed before the movers arrive.?? Although some movers will move large (over 18 inches) pictures and mirrors by wrapping them in a moving pad on move day.?? While this can save a great deal of money on large picture/mirror boxes, the proper way is to box each large picture/mirror into a picture box.

 

Small pictures (less than 18 inches) can be packed back to back in a 3.1 cu. ft. box.?? Make sure to wrap them with plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap.

 

Box small lamps and lamp shades separately.

 

Box up DVD player, DVR, video game console, and other components by wrapping with bubble wrap and packing paper.

 

Books, photo albums, dvd???s and cd???s should be packed in 1.5 cu. ft. book boxes.

 

Wrap breakable decor and knick knacks with extra care.

 

Games and toys seldom require packing paper or bubble wrap.

 

All in all, the living room is fairly straightforward when it comes to packing