Mark Olsen, President at Parsifal Corporation, strongly recommends that you let the professionals pack your Home Goods. However, if you decided to pack your own Home Goods then continue reading. Olsen suggests 3 top tips to consider in the following:
Make a List: Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You will place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your record list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you will call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.
Have Plenty Of Supplies: Mark Olsen explains further that, “Don’t make me say this twice”– you’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. Again, you will need more supplies than you think, so get extra materials to allow the packing to go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.
Utilize Wardrobe Boxes These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Mark Olsen continues to suggest that you call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they will be bringing. Then measure the length of clothing poles in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you will need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such fabric bolts or gift wrap tubes.