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Rules for packing moving boxes

You want to make sure that you pack your moving boxes in such a way that they will arrive at their destination intact, with the items inside in the same condition as when they were packed.

Rule 1: choose the appropriate size of moving box for the type of goods you are packing. Heavy items like books need to be packed into small boxes, otherwise the box will be too heavy to lift or it could break under the weight. Lightweight items like soft toys or plastic containers from the kitchen are fine to go into large moving boxes, as they will be easier to move around.

Rule 2: combine light and heavy items in the one box. This will spread the weight and will avoid having any really heavy boxes to lift. Always start with the heavy items in the bottom of the box, and then put lighter items on the top.

Rule 3: think about the total weight of the items you are putting into a box. Your household linen and towels are a good example here – you might think that these items are not very heavy, but when you pack a moving box with only linen, the box will be very heavy indeed. When you have half-filled a box, try lifting it to see if it starting to get heavy. If so, put lighter things in the top half of the box; cushions, pillows and plastic containers are great for this.

Rule 4: use packaging tape to secure every moving box. Before you put anything into a box, turn it over and tape the bottom. NOTE: – using a packaging tape dispenser makes the job so much easier. Run a row of packaging tape across the join and then run another one or two rows at right angles to the first row. This secures the bottom of the box shut and gives extra support to the base.

Rule 5: wrap awkward items to prevent damage to other items in a box. Pots and pans with handles and knobs are a classic example here; unless they are covered, the handles can cause dents and breakages to other things in the box. You can use moving blankets and packing paper, but think about other items you have to pack anyway, that can be used for this task. Towels and blankets can be used between bulky or awkward items to give cushioning and protection.

Rule 6: group small items together and wrap them with packing paper into a larger parcel to avoid loss and damage. You may have small ornaments and accessories; wrap each one and then combine two or three of these little parcels into a bigger paper parcel before putting into a moving box. It is very easy to inadvertently throw out a small item with the packing paper when you are unpacking your moving boxes.

Rule 7: never leave any gaps between items or on top of a packed box. Fill every space in your packing with packing material, because things will move in transit and you could end up with breakages in your boxes. Use packing paper, newspaper or face cloths to act as fillers and shock absorbers.

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