Let us face
it. Not many of us have ever packed household goods. Not when we are relocating
for the first time. We have always admired from a distance the neat and tight
way professional packers do their job. But did you know that packing like a pro
is not that difficult, if only are well prepared, know some basics and can
devote some time and patience to the job, you could do it too. Here are some
packing tips which tackle the basics and can help you get organized and started:
The most frequent question which bothers any starter is what
boxes would be required and for which items. Small but heavy items like
books, CDs, canned food should be packed in smaller boxes. Larger but not so
heavy items like kitchen goods, linens etc can go in larger boxes. Pillows,
blankets, lampshades should be packed in largest of the boxes. Remember it is
always good to pack your things tightly and tape all the boxes. Tightness of
packing prevents goods being toss around with the box.
The best way to pack books is to pack them in small boxes and
stack them one on top of another instead of making them stand on the spine. Make
sure the box is completely full to protect your books and the box from crumpling
To pack clothes you will need wardrobe packing. Remember an
average wardrobe packing can carry about two feet of hanging clothes of your
cupboard. Clothes which are folded can be carried in larger boxes.
For delicate and fragile china or crystal ware, you could get
a dish box. Line the walls of this box with paper shreds or crushed paper which
will offer protection to your goods. Then while stacking the plates put a layer
of tissue in between the plates. While packing cups or mugs with rings, it is
recommended that you insert a rolled out paper within the ring. This will
prevent the ring from breaking during journey. All crockery and cutlery must be
wrapped preferably with bubble wrap to prevent damage.
You might be tempted to use news paper instead of wrapping
paper while packing. While news paper is useful as fillers, etc, it is also to
be noted that the printing ink from newspapers may damage clothes and even
Used cartons from liquor shops preferably fitted with dividers
are useful for packing cups, glasses and stemware.
Cups and glasses may be put one inside the other and three or
four pieces may be packed in a bundle.
With regard to food items, no open containers like milk should
be packed. Dry containers and boxes like cereals and spices should be sealed
with tape before packing. If you are sending your items for
storage, no food item should get
in as it attracts insects and termites.
Stereo system, computers and other electronic items are best
packed in their original cartons. If you have not stored the original boxes, you
must procure sturdy cardboard boxes to pack them. Stuff all empty corners and
other spaces with shredded paper so that no amount of jerking during transit can
upset the position of the equipment.
There are many household items which should not be packed. These include
aerosol cans and other inflammable items.
While packing fragile and delicate goods, put adequate
stickers on the appropriate boxes. ‘This side up’ stickers are also useful for
refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.