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REED'S MOVING & STORAGE BLOG

An ongoing series of informational moving tips and hacks.

5 GENIUS PACKING TIPS FOR MOVING

January 13th, 2021

1. Do not overpack a moving box

One mistake a lot of people make when moving is trying to cram all their belongings into a few cardboard boxes they have around the house. Use as many boxes as you need to create easy-to-lift loads. Keep your largest boxes to no more than 50 pounds.


2. Do not leave empty spaces in boxes

Fill in any gaps with packing paper, clothing, or foam peanuts to prevent items shifting around during the move. Use tape to close the bottom and top seams and around the edges where stress is concentrated.


3.Use the right size boxes

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes, light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)


4. Put heavier items on the bottoms, lighter items on top

Put heavier items on the bottom of boxes and lighter items on the top. If you are loading the truck yourself, pack heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck, for balance.


5. Bundle breakables

As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle

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