How to Properly Pack a Box for Your Move


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Moving is often times a stressful and overwhelming event. Staying organized and packing efficiently will help your move go smoothly and save you a few headaches along the way. Read below to learn how to pack your boxes properly.
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Packing Tip #1 - Have Your Packing Supplies Ready

Have all your packing supplies ready to go. This means getting the proper boxes, a tape gun, good packing paper, and a Sharpie or pen to label items. You can find these items at your local Home Depot, Lowes, UPS Store or Office Depot. Home Depot has an entire selection of packing materials from packing tape and mattress bags to bubble cushion and moving blankets to make your move worry free. Check it out on their website, to make it an easy one stop shop for all your supplies

When looking for the proper boxes, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Extra small (15 x 12 x 10 inches): Ideal for collectibles, books and tools.
  • Small boxes (16 x 12 x 12 inches or 1.5 cubic feet): The best boxes for moving books, small boxes are also perfect for packing DVDs, magazines, collectibles, canned food, small appliances, glasses and dishes.
  • Medium boxes (18 x 18 x 15 inches, 22 x 16 x 15 inches or 3 cubic feet): The most common moving box, this size is good for office supplies, records, toys, small appliances, decor, photo albums and most household items.
  • Large boxes (18 x 18 x 24 inches or 4.5 cubic feet): Made for bulkier items such as comforters, pillows, linens, vases, large dishes, board games and more.
  • Extra large boxes (22 x 22 x 21.5 inches): Use this box for bulky items like large pillows, towels and blankets.

You may also need to consider specialty boxes:

  • Wardrobe boxes: A tall box made for hanging clothes, wardrobe boxes will keep your clothing from wrinkling during the move thanks to the handy hang bars. Can also fit shoes, pillows, purses and belts.
  • Dish boxes: For fragile dishes or those you don’t want to pack in a small moving box, use dish packs. A packing carton made to protect breakable items, dish packs have an extra layer of corrugated cardboard.
  • TV boxes: TVs are fragile, so using a corrugated, heavy duty TV box is the best way to move a newer model. Be sure to wrap the TV with bubble wrap to ensure it doesnt move around during transport. Also sometimes used as mirror boxes or picture boxes, TV boxes often include a foam bag and corners for extra protection.
  • File boxes: Also called bankers boxes, this type is sturdy and made for transporting files, important documents, books and photos.

Packing Tip #2 - Plenty of Packing Paper

Properly pack the box using lots of packing paper. It’s important to get a good base layer on the bottom and pack everything nice and tight inside the box. You can also add bubble wrap around more fragile items to ensure nothing shifts during the move. Finish it off with a nice top layer of packing paper, and seal it up! We recommend doing two different runs of tape on the top to make sure the box is sealed tight.

Packing Tip #3 - Label Your Boxes

Get out your Sharpies, it’s time to label. It is super important to make sure you are labeling all of the content. When labeling, be sure to put what contents are in the box, as well as what room it belongs in. For example, a box from your kitchen could content plates and bowls, and you’d table it under Kitchen. This is helpful so that the movers and you know where each item is, and also ensures nothing gets lost.

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