Before You Begin:
Use the proper packing materials. It will pay off in the long run! Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased at Storage Facilities, Home Depot, Staples and other shipping companies in your area. Other great types of reasonably priced padding for your boxes include wadded up newspaper, old pillows and blankets.
The following is a list of tools & materials to make your packing go more smoothly:
-Razor Knife and/or Scissors
-Boxes of all size (Medium Home Depot Size Box is average)
Pack one room at a time
Packing one room at a time, labelling each box appropriately (on top) with a description of its contents and which room the box belongs in. Also label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with "Fragile". Keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking go smoothly.
Do NOT pack flammable goods
Anything that may explode in heat is likely not good to pack, especially when being placed in a moving truck. We suggest taking all flammable goods in your own vehicle, such as candles, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints and certain cleaning fluids.
Pack According to the Season
If you are moving to storage or to a new Province, packing
for the appropriate weather climate is much to be appreciated. Make sure to mark the boxes accordingly so you know where those winter jackets are for later.
Empty all Drawers of breakables or items
To safeguard against unnecessary damage, it is a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws (etc) in one container that you can keep with you so the parts won't get lost.
PACK THE BASICS YOURSELF
Plan ahead for what you'll need the first day after your move. Packing a separate bag with your toiletries, a change of clothes, etc will prevent unnecessary scrambling or a run to the local store.