Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap or other packing material,
- Begin Packing the stuff you use
- Consider donating or selling items that you never use.
- If you will know you will probably never use something, but can't
get rid of it for whatever reason, consider boxing it up and never
unpacking it when you arrive at your destination -- that is what
basements and attics are for.
- Use sturdy boxes.
- Use the sturdiest boxes for the heaviest
- Boxes of
the same size are easier to stack.
- Consider asking for used
boxes at a business that uses a lot of copier paper.
- National Superstores like Wal*Mart will
allow you to browse the store for boxes during restocking (11pm -
- Place bubble wrap or some other
cushioning material around fragile items. An efficient (and
free) packing material is the towels, bed sheets, and even clothing
that you have to pack up anyway.
- Fill the boxes to prevent them from
collapsing if other boxes are stacked on top of them.
- Label each an every box. A good
way to do this is to number the boxes and then write in a notebook
next to the corresponding number a detailed list of the contents.
- Write "fragile" on any boxes that
contain breakable items.
- Don't make the boxes too heavy. If
a box of books is beginning to get heavy, consider filling the rest
of the space with stuffed animals or something else light.
- Use lots of tape.
Forgoing 3¢ worth of packing tape won't look so bright when you are
on your hands and knees scavenging for the 10,000 microscopic Polly
Pocket toys that spilled out onto the driveway.
- Stack boxes so that the sturdiest,
heaviest boxes are on the bottom and the lightest and most fragile
are on the top.
- Don't stack the boxes too high -- the
bottom box may not survive the weight or the stack may become
unstable and topple over.