Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open in storage. Secure all movable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper mat around each item for protection. Freezer or refrigerator, washer and dryer make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels and clothing.
Tie bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep clean during storage.
Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons, keeping weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Pack the cartons with the Books lying flat so not to damage the bindings.
Make your dresser drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill with small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets and towels make excellent padding.
Go easy on your back. Hold weight of all packing cartons under 30 pounds. With marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side.
Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic covers.
Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton. This is a great way to keep your clothing in good shape while in storage. Wardrobe cartons can be purchased at most moving supply stores.
Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing paper and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.
Pack glasses carefully. Wrap with foam or bubble pack and pad with crumpled packing paper just like dishes.
Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in lamp cartons. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.
Wrap your mirrors in paper mats, large towels or blankets. Place in mirror pack if available. Always remember to identify them with your marker pen so you won't accidentally bang or bump them. Plan to stand them on edge. Never store a mirror pack flat.
Wrap paintings in paper mats, large towels or blankets. Mark them fragile and store them on edge, never flat.
Records and Record Players:
Tie down the player arm and secure the turntable on your record player with packing paper. Use a paper mat to protect outside finish and load with extreme care. Records should be individually wrapped, like dishes-packed in sturdy cartons and marked "fragile".
If possible, remove legs from large tables. Extra leaves should be tied together and paded.
Items that do not meet safety requirements are not permitted such as hazardous or toxic materials. Anything that would be combustible or explosive in nature such as a can of gasoline or cans of paint, dynamite, etc.