Start packing your bedrooms for moving by tackling
less-used guest rooms first. Children can help by setting aside the toys
and books they want to take with them and packing the rest in boxes.
Colorful stickers on the outside of moving boxes let children know their
personal belongings are clearly marked, and allow them to identify
their things when the moving van is unloaded.
Clothing hanging in closets can be left on hangers and
placed in wardrobe cartons. You may want to consider purchasing several
of these special moving cartons from your moving company.
One will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers; figure
more cartons if wrinkles are a concern.
- If wardrobe cartons are not used, each garment should
be removed from its hanger, folded, and placed in a suitcase or a carton
lined with clean paper.
- Hats may be left in hatboxes and placed in large
cartons for moving; or stuff the crown of each hat with crumpled tissue
paper, wrap tissue loosely around the outside and place in a carton
lined with clean paper, with the heavier hats at the bottom. Don't pack
anything else with hats. Label the moving carton "FRAGILE."
Hats may be left in hatboxes and placed in large cartons
for moving; or stuff the crown of each hat with crumpled tissue paper,
wrap tissue loosely around the outside and place in a carton lined with
clean paper, with the heavier hats at the bottom. Don't pack anything
else with hats. Label the moving carton "FRAGILE."
Valuables such as fine jewelry should be removed from
drawers and never packed with your household goods. They will be most
secure if they remain in your possession while moving. If you don't feel
comfortable taking your fine jewelry or other valuables with you (like
stamp or coin collections), consider hiring a third-party armored
Dispose of aerosol spray cans, such as hairspray or
deodorant, or take them with you. Other bottles should be carefully
taped shut and wrapped to prevent leakage while moving, then packed in
small cartons. See our list of Items
That Cannot Be Shipped.
Bedding, Linens, and Towels
Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases and
other linens may be protected by a large plastic bag and packed in a
moving carton that has been lined with clean paper.
- Linens and bedding are good for cushioning or padding
- Wrap the most valuable items in tissue.
- If you decide to wash your linens before you pack
them, make sure they are thoroughly dried prior to moving.
Mattresses & Pillows
Mattresses should be placed in mattress moving cartons
for added strength and cleanliness. Pillows may be placed in bureau
drawers or packed in cartons. They also make good padding for other
Glass mirrors should be packed in special mirror cartons
for moving. However, if they are especially heavy, crating is
recommended. Ask your Relocation Consultant about crating services.
Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and
drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely,
and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and curtains also may be folded and
packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company
- You may want to consider having your area rugs
professionally cleaned before moving -- you'll get them back from the
cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for shipping.
- Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so
the furniture coming off the truck can go right on top of the rug.