Packing for Your Move - The Basics

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Packing for Your Move in Tulsa - The Basics

Packing and purging go together--while you're purging, you should be packing, too. If you are managing your move yourself, you are in charge of gathering all the packing supplies that are needed. Your neighborhood big-box store, self-storage company or the mover you have employed are all good resources for your equipment. If you obtain from your mover, ask if they will take back any unopened or unused boxes, tape, bubble wrap, or paper.

Here's a list to get you started:

Small boxes for books, heavy items, toys, appliances, fragile items

Medium boxes for the kitchen, accessories, lampshades, linens, shoes and boots

Large boxes for lamps, window treatments, pillows--items that are bulky but lightweight

Packing tape and tape guns

Newsprint, bubble wrap, packing peanuts or your shredded paper

Markers and labels

Small tools--screwdrivers, hammer, box cutter, scissors

Camera or smartphone

For a more all-encompassing list of tools to make your move easier, click here.

Where to Begin

Last used, last packed is the rule of thumb for the packing process—generally speaking, the coffeepot and microwave are the last things to be packed in boxes. Since you're packing as the same time as you purge, begin with the low-hanging fruit in chests and cabinets; you can knock out one or two of those in an hour. When you've gathered enough for a donate or dump trip, do not exit the house until your packed boxes are taped and labelled. You can utilize unique color-coded labels (blue for the kitchen, green for the master, etc.) or use masking tape with a heavy black marker; just be sure you label all sides of the box and note if it is fragile. A couple of moments spent listing the contents are very important later when you cannot find your shoes in all the boxes marked "master closet".

Organization

Purging assists with organization, and so does cleaning out the closets, attic, and garage early in the process. You will want to designate a storage location for all your packed boxes, and the garage is the perfect site as it's going to be close to the moving truck. Alas, the garage should be organized for this to work, so get to work on the garage project early on—set aside at least a couple days for the garage purge. Once you've got the garage under control, sort your boxes so that the movers can get to them without issue on moving day; they will load the truck so that the weight is adequately distributed and so that the first boxes that need to come off are the last put on.

If you are the kind of person who hangs on to boxes, you may now congratulate yourself. Electronics are fragile and if you have the original packaging, you can re-use it. If not, put everything connected to the device in a box--power cords, modems, power strips, instructional CDS--and label it all. Take photos of the cords before you pack them to make it easier to hook back up at the destination.

Fragile!

It's amazing how many things you use every day are very fragile. Dishware, glasses, light bulbs, lamps--all need a little TLC when you are packing them. Wrap dishes and glasses in paper, and place the plates in the box on end like records. A layer of bubble wrap protects them more, and stuff the empty spaces with some sort of shredded paper or packing peanuts. Don't overload the boxes of fragile items, and don't use oversize boxes for fragile items. Boxes from the liquor store work well for fragile things; they come in odd sizes and may not have tops, so with a box cutter and tape you can customize boxes.

Do not just toss your lamps into boxes, take the shade and harp off and remove the bulb. The bases can be placed in a large box with the harp taped to the base, the shades can nest in another box, and the bulbs need to be packed separately (an ornament box is great for this) and marked fragile.

In our next post, we will discuss packing dos and don'ts.