Pack one room
at a time,
labeling each box appropriately (on top and
side) 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 easier.
drawers of breakable or spillable items.
against unnecessary damage, it's 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.
Do not pack
flammable goods or heat-sensitive items
propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints, and certain cleaning
and always place a layer of crushed paper in
the bottom of the carton for cushioning. Fill empty spaces with
additional crushed paper.
cartons are firmly packed,
with heavier items on bottom
and lighter ones on top.
according to the season
if you'll be putting some boxes in
storage. Mark the boxes accordingly.
items in small boxes
so that they're easier to
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