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Packing Instructions

Before You Begin

Getting Started

Lamps/Art

Electronics

Kitchen

Appliances

Office

Clothing

House Plants

Garden Plants

Pets

What To Pack Last

Kitchen


Pots and Pans:

Always wrap pots and pans before placing them into moving boxes. If the newsprint is not large enough to properly cover the piece, overlap two or three sheets of paper. When possible, "telescope" or "nest" pots and pans together to efficiently utilize space. Lids should always be packed in the same moving boxes as the pots and pans they belong to. Pots and pans should always be packed in the 3.1 and 4.5 cubic foot size boxes.

Food:

Non-perishables can be boxed in 1.5's or 3.1's. Make sure all box and bottle tops are secured before packing them. Generally, there is no need to wrap food boxes or plastic bottles in plain newsprint paper. Use crumpled paper only to prevent shifting inside a packed box.

Perishables from the refrigerator should be placed in a cooler on the day of the move.

Wine:

Use the 1.5 cubic foot box to pack wine. Like all other "fragile" boxes, cushion the bottom of the 1.5 with bumpers. Wrap each bottle in several pieces of newsprint and lay it on its side in the box. This prevents the cork from drying out, especially if your wine remains in the packing boxes for a while in your new home.

Dishes, Plates, Glasses and Fine China:

Use a "dish pack / china barrel" for china and other fragile items. The dish pack box is a double-wall box; all other boxes have single-wall construction. Multiples of similar plates, saucers and bowls can be wrapped together in one bundle. Use the paper-plate- paper method to wrap 3, 4 or 5 dishes together. Wrap the complete bundle tightly in newsprint; then tape it closed. This keeps it from unwrapping. Plates, bowls, platters and other flat items should always be packed vertically on end to prevent breakage in the event a box is dropped or jarred. Never place these items horizontally in a moving box.

The first or bottom tier of the dish pack should be comprised of heavier items such as large plates and platters. The second tier can include bread plates, saucers and soup bowls. The top tier should be reserved for glasses, cups or stemware. "Bumpers" must be placed above and below each tier.

Glasses and Stemware:

For a glass or piece of stemware, initially wrap each piece loosely in a sheet of newsprint. Then, wrap the item more tightly in a second sheet. Glasses and stemware should always be stood on end in the dish pack. A paper collar is sometimes employed to provide additional support around an item before loosely wrapping it in a sheet of newsprint.

Stuff some crumpled newsprint inside a glass vase or pitcher to provide support to its sides. A fragile piece like this should be wrapped in bubblewrap or brown paper pads and packed in the top or second layer of the dishpack. Before sealing the moving box, put a layer of cushioning material on top of the glasses. However, be aware of overdoing the cushioning on the top of a box that contains extremely delicate stemware. The extra "protection" on the top of this type of a box may actually press down too much into the box, placing unnecessary and excessive pressure on top of the stemware.

Do not be afraid to use extra paper when wrapping an item! Paper may seem expensive, but it is less expensive than replacing your fragile belongings!

Always keep the tops and bottoms of ceramic cookie jars or teapots together in the same bundle. If there is the possibility of an item being damaged, wrap them separately but pack them in the same packing box. Small glasses can be wrapped and then placed inside larger jars, canisters and vases. This may seem like extra work, but is actually safer for the smaller items.

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