Moving Tips

February 2016

DIY Packing? Do It the Right Way – Part 3

Two weeks ago we started our series on DIY packing, because many people nowadays want to try doing things by themselves. Packing is an endeavor that you can surely undertake by yourself, but if you don’t feel confident enough or you have tried our previous tips and find them hard to do, or you are just overwhelmed, then you can always rely on our services. Still, for those of you who are persistent and still want to try doing it by themselves, we are here with more advice on DIY packing.

For the last two weeks we have underlined the importance of paying attention during packing and not taking it lightly. Broken things and damaged items are not something you want to deal with when you finally get to your new home. We have also addressed the necessity for good boxes – having around sturdy boxes, which won’t fail you, is key to keeping your things intact. You’d want to refresh your memory on all the packing supplies we have mentioned as they will be necessary for our guide from now on.

Today we are approaching the packing method. Not just what you need and what is useful, but how to do it properly right from the start. Knowing the theory doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to execute it, but it is better to know for certain, rather than guess for yourself. For example, before you start packing everything into boxes, you’d probably want to prepare it for that. You would want to wrap them in something. Depending on the item you may opt for bubble wrap or stretch wrap. Bubble wrap is usually good for things that are prone to breaking. Vases and porcelain statuettes, for example, are better wrapped in bubble wrap, but some heavier and sturdier items are just well enough wrapped in stretch wrap.

When putting things in your boxes you may want to fill them with something that will act as a cushion. Bubble wrap helps a single item, but you would still want them to not bump in one another. There is bubble pack, which is just small plastic balls filled with air. Packing peanuts will also do the job, as they are cheap and are not hazardous for a child. Some people like to use newspapers and they do work, but you have to be careful – the ink leaks. It is not a high quality ink and it is easy to color your stuff badly.

Your china and plates are better placed vertically. Thus they provide support for themselves and are way harder to break. The weight is evenly distributed and is not across critical areas. Even if you hit bumps on the road (no pun intended), they won’t smash into one another, creating a mess. If there is enough wrapping and padding, you won’t even see a scratch.
Next week we will continue with how to label your items so you can access them easily. Keep in tune with our blog for all the latest tips and tricks of packing.

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