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wikiHow to Pack Your Possessions When Moving

Even if you can't wait to live in your new house, curb your enthusiasm and resist the urge to cram all your possessions any which way into boxes.


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    Pack one room at a time if possible, and start with items that are least often used.
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    Write down a list of everything you are packing, in particular if it's valuable. Books, CDs, expensive clothes. Also, take note of which item is in which box.
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    Use sturdy boxes. Fill the box to the brim and seal the lid. That way, you can easily stack boxes on top of one another.
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    Tape the bottom of the box securely so that it doesn't give way.
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    Never fill a box until it is so heavy that you can't lift it safely. Spread the heavy items over a few boxes. Balance boxes with lighter items like towels or soft toys. Pack the lighter items on top.
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    Use bubble wrap or newspapers when packing fragile items. However, newsprint may smudge so use newspaper selectively. Clean paper can be purchased cheaply from moving supply stores.
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    Mark boxes. Boxes should be marked "Fragile" and "This side up" to prevent mishandling.
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    Label each box clearly and which room it belongs to. Write on the sides of the box as well.
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    Pack a separate box of essentials you may need for the first night at your new house. Include items like toiletries, toilet paper, bottled water, snacks and a change of clothes in case you cannot unpack everything in time.


  • Throw away or donate junk you don't want to take to your new place. Don't pack it again!!!
  • National superstores (Walmart) will let you walk the store for boxes when they are stocking the stores between 11 pm and 1 am. You can find boxes of all sizes. Cereal, diaper and houseware boxes are a good size and durable. Just take a cart and roam the store. They do check the cart as you leave so don't try to sneak anything past them.
  • Tape is cheap. Use lots of it. Close box bottoms well. Get masking tape or packing tape and tape screws and other little things that came out of something back against it. You'll want to find the right screw reassemble something without having to pick it out of 100 others when you get there.
  • Pack your spices in your crockpot! Use all available space. Books can go in rolling suitcases.
  • Fill empty spaces with additional paper.
  • If you don't need something, donate it or throw it away. It saves on space and moving costs.
  • Buy boxes from a local moving company. When boxes are of uniform size they stack better. These boxes also have rooms listed on the sides of the box so you only have to check the box next to the room the box is going to.
  • Don't label boxes with contents if the contents are valuable. Instead of writing "Silver Service-Fragile" you should write something that makes it sound less theft inviting while showing the fragile nature of the contents. Example: "Mom's old dishes" instead of "Fine China"
  • Don't pack one box full of books or paperwork - you might not be able to carry it at all. Fill it halfway with books, and fill it up with lighter stuff.
  • Digital Photos - use your camera to document the contents of boxes.
  • Pack books and heavy items into smaller boxes.
  • U-haul and other nation companies offer box buy back services. If you buy too many boxes you can return the unused for a full refund. These boxes are also quite sturdy so you can re-use them or stash in your attic until you move again. Some national companies even offer free shipping and handling so you can have some delivered or go to the local location.
  • Set aside an area of the house where you can put all the packed boxes. Use a room that isn't used every day such as the formal dining or living room. You won't be tripping over boxes and you can have a better idea of what you have and where things are.

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