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Packing Tips

Packing small kitchen appliances

It's best to pack your small kitchen appliances (blender, toaster, can opener, coffee maker, etc.) together in one or two boxes rather than in other boxes with other goods. Later, when unpacking, you will find them all together.
Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of packing paper. Place each one in the box you have selected for appliances. When all appliances have been packed in boxes, if there are small spaces that are empty, wad-up some packing paper and fill in the spaces. However, if you should have a great amount of space left over, you might get a few pots and pans in the carton too.

Packing pots and pans

Approximately three pots or pans can be nested, one inside the other. Tear or cut up some pieces of your packing paper (large enough so that they will line the entire interior of the largest pan). Place two or three sheets of your lining paper in the larger pan. Place the next small pan inside the first pan. Again line this pan with two or three protective pieces of lining paper and insert a smaller pan. Place these pans upside down in the middle of your stack of packing paper. Use at least three sheets of packing paper to wrap the pans. Start by grasping one corner of approximately three sheets of your packing paper, and pulling over, and covering the pans. Then pull the next corner of paper over the pans; then the third corner, and finally the fourth corner. Seal with your plastic tape so that the bundle will not come apart.
Put in a medium sized carton.
This same procedure can be followed in packing large bowls, too.

More kitchen packing tips

Boxed foods (cereals, etc.): Seal with your plastic tape the boxes which have been opened. No need to wrap in packing paper. If your shipment is going into storage, then dispose of boxed foods. These items can attract rodents and insects.

Spices: Okay to pack and ship. Make sure all cans are closed and won't leak. If in doubt, seal them with tape.

Canister sets: Contents may be left in canister sets. Each canister should be individually wrapped with packing paper and sealed with tape.

Packing tall table lamps
Your major problem in packing a tall lamp may be finding a carton large enough to accommodate it. If you cannot find such a carton you can purchase tall, extra sturdy dish pack cartons from your mover. Remove shade and bulb, wrap cord around base of lamp.

Line the bottom of your carton with a considerable amount of wadded-up packing papers. This will ensure extra cushioning and protection for the lamp. Spread out several sheets of packing paper so that your packing paper is extended longer and wider than the lamp. Place lamp in the center of your packing papers. Roll packing paper around your lamp. Tuck in the end of the paper at base of lamp. Use sealing tape to prevent ends from coming apart.

Seal the seams where packing paper overlaps around your bundle with tape. Fold up other end of packing paper at the top of lamp and seal with tape. Place bundle in previously lined carton. If you have several tall table lamps, place them each in the carton so that the base of one lamp is next to the top of the next lamp. Alternate them, which will make them fit better in the carton. When all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper.

Lampshades

Lampshades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Use clean packing paper (do not use newspaper. The printing ink may smudge your valuable shade) as protective lining between each shade.
Do not pack anything else with lampshades. You can also hang them in a big cupboard or in sideboard.
Mark on all sides of the carton in large, bold letters "FRAGILE" "LAMP SHADES" with your magic marker.

Packing pictures and mirrors

Small pictures and mirrors can be wrapped and stood up in normal packing boxes with other goods. Extremely large pictures, such as the type commonly found hanging over a sofa or mantle (usually measuring 24" x 36") should be packed by your mover in one of his specially designed picture or mirror cartons.
Many pictures, however, are just a little too large to fit in regular cartons (16" x 20" or 18" x 24") and can be packed in a self-devised picture carton. Select a carton that is larger than your picture when open at both ends. Lay your picture; face down, on several sheets of packing paper, which have been spread out so as to be almost twice as wide as your picture. Open the bottom of the carton, and then flatten the carton. Seal one of the open sides with your tape.
Wrap the picture in the same manner as you might a gift box. Bring one side of the packing paper around the picture so that it will cover most of the back of the picture. Then bring the second side of the packing paper around to cover the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Fold up both ends of the packing paper and bring over the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Turn picture over and seal the areas where the packing paper overlaps.
Slide picture into unsealed side of your carton and seal this end with your tape. Mark the box FRAGILE on all sides.

Miscellaneous packing tips

Hat and shoeboxes: small boxes of this type should be consolidated and packed into large boxes. Fill in small spaces with wadded packing paper.
Toys: Do not have to be wrapped in packing paper. Place them in large cartons and seal them up.
Loose shoes: same as toys.
Books and records: stand on end. Use small cartons.
Aerosol containers: do not pack aerosol in flammable containers.
Clothing
Clothes on hangers are best moved in a special closet carton. Never move clothes in garment bags. Garment bags can't stand up to the stress of moving. Leave clothes in dressers, but make sure that the drawers are not too heavy - they may be damaged during the trip.
Washing machines
Secure spring-mounted motors. Brace the tub to prevent damage. Wedge special tub inserts in the space between the tub and sidewalls. Disconnect hoses and put them in tightly sealed sandwich bags inside the machine's tub.
Refrigerators and freezers
Defrost, dry and load refrigerator in upright position, using its inside space for bulky, lightweight goods such as large stuffed toys or pillows.
Before laying refrigerator down for a move, check with its manufacturer. Most brands can be moved on their sides. Do not connect the appliance in your new home until the unit has stood upright for at least 24 hours.

Home electronics
Wrap small equipment in plenty of foam padding, pack them in a box and load it on top of a soft item, such as a sofa.
Beds
Special packing keeps mattresses and box springs fresh and clean.
Books
Small boxes are the perfect size for books. Pack books flat so that the spines won't break, and do not jam them in tightly. Never pack fragile items with books.
Chest of drawers, desks, etc.
Pack drawers full but make sure that breakable items are well padded. To prevent drawers from opening, place the unit up against the truck or trailer wall, or against a flat surface such as a mattress.
Tables
Remove legs from all tables and load the flat surfaces on edge. If this cannot be done, load tables on their top surfaces, legs up, taking care to protect the finish with blankets or padding.
Dishes
Line the bottom of a dish pack with several layers of wrapping paper for extra cushioning. Place one plate in the center of the sheets of paper and pull a few sheets over it. Stack the next plate on top and pull another sheet of paper over to cover the stacked plates.
Fill empty spaces with paper or use the space for other, lighter items.