Packing Tips and Packing Materials for Moving
Moving house or office can be challenging, frustrating, and even downright annoying, but it doesn’t have to be. By packing your things yourself you can save a fortune.
Whether it’s a local furniture move or a more complicated interstate furniture move, some of the most important things to consider are packing materials and important packing tips.
Interleaved or corrugated sheets – protection for fragile items
Tissue paper: to fill or wrap very fragile things
Paper – tarnish resistant – for silver, pewter and brass items
Brown paper – for lamps, mirrors and pictures
Padded paper: easy things to scratch
Waxed paper – for oil paintings and other works of art
Foam Nuts or Peanuts or Bubble Wrap – For models, figurines and glass, or anything extremely fragile
Newspapers: wrap and refill plates, vases, and other kitchen items
Other important supplies/packing materials:
Labels – for identification of boxes and furniture
Plastic bags: for small items that may get lost during packing
Packing tape: 2 inches wide is recommended for sealing boxes
Normal tape: to seal pictures and mirrors wrapped in brown paper
Cardboard boxes – various sizes and very resistant
Markers: write labels and inventory sheets
Notebook – for inventory sheets
Choose safes that are clean and have a latch that comes together completely in the middle. To save money, you can go for grocery boxes, but be careful with fruit boxes as they can sometimes harbor bugs, some of which can infest your belongings and your new home.
Use newspapers on things that can be easily washed or cleaned. They are best for use with kitchen items, as the ink can rub off and make a mess.
Create a plan starting no later than a few months before your move, including work areas, special arrangements, and packing rooms.
Create an inventory sheet in your notebook with columns for room names, room numbers, box numbers, comments, contents descriptions, and special instructions.
Separate things to be kept and things to be thrown away.
Sell what you can, donate other things, and only throw away things that can no longer be reused.
Fill all boxes to the top and fill the empty space with packing filler or fillers.
Do not exceed 50 kg per box, as according to occupational health and safety regulations, carriers are not allowed to lift anything heavier. They will ask you to repack it if it is too heavy.
Fill larger boxes with things that are soft and light.
Fill small boxes with books and heavy items.
Moving requires organization and determination. By knowing what packaging materials to obtain and what to use them for, you can save yourself valuable time starting the packaging process.
Packing isn’t rocket science, but by following the tips above, you can be sure you’ll have peace of mind when the mover transports your things to your new home.