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All My Sons Moving Packing Guide


Do-It Yourself Packing or Full Service?
Packing Guidelines
What needs to be packed?
Boxes and other needed supplies
Getting Started
Outdoor/Garage/Storage
Home Office/Den
Bedroom/Nursery/Bathroom
Living/Family/Great Room
Dining Room
Kitchen/Laundry Room
Small Appliances
Moving Appliances
Non-Transportable Items
Not Recommended


Getting Started

Before packing cartons, you'll need to wrap most items to protect them from scratching and breakage. There are a variety of materials available, including bubble pack, foam peanuts and tissue. However, most professional moving companies use bundles of clean, unprinted newsprint (available at your moving supply store).

Start by placing a small stack of paper on a flat, uncluttered table or countertop. Round glasses and jars can be rolled up in two or three sheets of paper; always begin from a corner of the sheet and fold the sides in as you roll. Large or odd-shaped items require a similar technique. Place them in the center of the sheet and bring the corners together. It may be necessary to flip the item over and wrap it again from the other side. If in doubt, use more paper! When the corners are brought together, secure them with tape.

Before packing each carton, line the bottom with a few inches of wadded paper for padding. Then place large, heavy items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on the top. Plates, books and things of a similar shape, should be loaded vertically to utilize their own maximum structural strength. Don't overload cartons; keep them to a manageable weight. Fill in any voids and top off loaded cartons with wadded paper. Then tape cartons securely to avoid shifting while en route. Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you'll need until moving day.

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