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The Texan Moving suggests that you start packing now. Begin with items, (books, etc.), you hardly use.
Protect your items with packing material. Newspapers are effective and readily available.
Separate your breakable items from your non-breakable items, so the appropriate boxes can be given extra
care. Mark them “FRAGILE.”
Buy an assortment of quality boxes in standard sizes.
Pack all boxes as tightly as possible, but watch the weight. Load heavier items on the bottom, to maintain
balance. No box should ever weigh more than 50 lbs. 20-30 lbs. is the preferable maximum.
Use real packing tape, not masking tape – it’s not strong enough.
Label boxes clearly, on several sides. They should be legible, even if stacked in a corner.
Start an inventory list, on paper or on your computer. Be consistent with your labeling method. List the
general contents on the outside of the box for quick reference.
For a box that contains items you will need immediately, (cooking utensils, toiletries, remotes, etc.), mark
“OPEN FIRST” on the outside of the box.
Carry irreplaceable items with you, along with immediate necessities like cell-phone chargers and personal
items, in a special suitcase or bag.
Computers & Electronics:
Take photos of your wired connections and label the cables. Consider using colored ties from a container
or office supply store.
Disconnect all wires and cables. Bundle these items together with their components, for quick reassembly.
Place the item in the prepared box, and pad heavily on all sides to prevent damage.
Pack food items last, after all other packing has been completed.
Do not pack perishable food items, even for local moves.
Seal all box openings with tape.
Place small spice jars and containers into a small box first, and then into a bigger one. Remember to use
tape where necessary with spice containers.
Limit the amount of canned goods and heavy objects you place into each box, to maintain a reasonable
If possible, separate lampshade from the lamp base.
Make sure to handle a lampshade by its wire base only.
Surround the lampshade with clean newsprint paper. Lampshades can be nested inside each other,
separated by newsprint. Keep them at the top of the box and well padded.
Pack shoes into shoe boxes or clear zip lock bags. Then group them into a bigger linen box.
If shoe boxes are not available, wrap each shoe in clean newsprint to minimize abrasion.
Wrap statuary and figurines with bubble wrap. Consider packaging some items with smaller bubble
wrap first, then layer the outside with larger bubble wrap. Exceptionally fragile items may require
additional protection. Pack foam peanuts tightly around the piece, as added padding and to ensure the
item remains in place. Recyclable peanuts are also available.
If bubble wrap is not available, wrap clean paper around the item until it is well cushioned.
Lay books flat in the box. Alternate the spine and open-end, as you stack them, to keep their weight evenly
distributed. Place a clean piece of paper between books to prevent them from sticking to each other.
Keep the weight of the box manageable (preferably between 20-30 lbs).
Photos, videos, and film negatives should be packed separately from other household items. They maybe
irreplaceable. Protect your framed photos with padding, standing each on edge within the box.
Label containers clearly to easily identify their contents. If the item is truly irreplaceable, carry it with you.
Before packing china, cushion the bottom of the box with plenty of crumpled newsprint paper.
Carefully wrap each larger piece of china individually with newsprint, and bundle up to three similar pieces
together with one piece of newsprint.
Place each bundle into the box, standing upright to form a standing row. Do not lay them flat. Surround each
bundle with plenty of crumpled paper.
Level 2-3 inches of crumpled newsprint on top of the bottom row, to support the next row of bundles.
The upper row should be comprised of smaller articles—cups, saucers, etc. – to keep the box properly
weighted with heavier items at the bottom.
Bottles & Liquid Containers:
Seal all bottles by wrapping tape around their lids.
Wrap bottles in newsprint paper. Prepare boxes with crumpled newsprint paper, at the bottom, and place
your bottles on top.
Add more newsprint, padding the sides and top.
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