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How to Pack for the Big Move- Part 2

Posted on: June 14, 2009

Packing can be exhausting, when you are making a big move.  But even worse than that is unpacking, if you haven’t done it methodically and safely.  The only thing worse than something arriving broken, is when you cannot find the necessary parts to reassemble items.  So here are some more tips to keep you from ripping your hair out:

  • The hardware from curtain rods should be put in plastic bags and securely taped to the rods.  If the rods are not being packed in crates, you should stuff them into dresser drawers and then label the drawer with the parts, which rod it goes to and what room it will be used in.
  • Take your smaller lamps apart and wrap the base with soft clothing and pace in a dresser drawer. Label the drawer. Large bases should be bubble-wrapped in cartons, standing upright.  Lamp shades should be in boxes with nothing else.  Use plain white packing paper, stack shades of different sizes, place in a carton and fill with paper or bubble wrap .
  • Rugs should be thoroughly vacuumed and then sprinkled with moth flakes before rolling and taping.
  • Baby strollers, bikes, scooters, etc., should have handlebars loosened and turned under to save on space.  Cover chains, wheels, and pedals, to protect things around them.
  • Do not pack and ship paints or any flammables.  This includes lighter fluid, ammunition, camping materials, kerosene, alcohol, solvents, or pre-opened liquor bottles.  Your lawnmower should be drained of both oil and gas, and the handle removed.  Place it blade side down in a sturdy carton and mark it clearly.

You will find unpacking to be so much easier if you follow these tips.  And PLEASE, carry jewelry, important papers, and all valuables with you!


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