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Packing for a Move

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Moving is a big job and packing is a large part of the process. Packing properly will help your move go as smoothly as possible. This is a guide about packing for a move.


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January 11, 2012

Here are some tips to help you pack for a move.

By Cheryl from Nashville, TN

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Excellent tips, will save for the next time I move!

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By 8 found this helpful
December 2, 2011

When moving into a home, throw these few things into a bag and have them ready to take into the house on the first trip. It will save you lots of frustration:

  1. A roll of toilet paper, hand soap, and a towel. You won't know until you get there if there will be any, so be prepared.
  2. Light bulbs and/or a lamp. Flashlights if the power will not be on yet.
  3. Shower curtain, rod, and rings. Nothing worse after a long day of moving than not being able to take a real shower! This can also double as window covering until you unpack the shades. String or cord can be used to hang the curtain temporarily if there is no shower rod or no rings.
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  5. Hammer, pliers, screwdriver, duct tape, scissors, garbage bags, string or cord. Enough said.
  6. Paper plates, cups, and utensils. Last thing you want to do on moving day will be dishes.
  7. Pack an overnight bag with your toiletries, towels, and a change of clothes. You will want these things where you can find them easily, not in an unmarked box.

Treat it like a camping trip: take what you think you will need with you. Pillows and blankets, water and food in a cooler, lighter or matches and cooking implements should be handy.

By Diane from Wonder Lake, IL

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By 4 found this helpful
July 22, 2009

When packing household item to move I use paper towels, the recycled kind. When I unpack, I reuse the paper towels for cleaning jobs!

By Kate from Gainesville, FL

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Sure beats newspaper, which gets the ink all over everything!

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By 5 found this helpful
August 18, 2010

Another packing material: popcorn! You can buy 10 pound bags of popcorn for very little money. All you need to do is get out your air popper, and 10 pounds of popcorn will probably fill up a very large move. I really did this for one move when I went across country.

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By 4 found this helpful
July 16, 2012

Moving to a new home? To help your plates arrive safely when moving, simply purchase a pack of foam plates. Check your local pound shop/dollar store! Even paper plates would do the job.

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November 15, 2011

DH and I finally got moved and are in process of unpacking. I encountered some minor things which were not problems, but I would change if I had it to do over.

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November 1, 2011

Having been in Houston for almost 30 years, DH and I are going to retire and go back to Knoxville, Tennessee. We can live on our retirement checks without working.

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May 3, 20051 found this helpful

Cheap paper towels are the best wrapper for glass items when packing to move. It leaves no black ink residue the way newspaper does. It's thick and reliable and best of all, it can be used again after you unpack!

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May 21, 20081 found this helpful

Use towels, wash cloths, and sheets to wrap lamps, dishes, and other fragile items. Not only will it help to prevent breakage during a move, they also stay clean, so you do not have to rewash and clean everything after moving.

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August 15, 2008

If you need packing paper to wrap your valuables, go to your local newspaper and ask for an end roll of paper. They give it away for free here and it has no print on it and has plenty of paper for getting your things packed. You can also cut it to the exact size you need.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 4, 2015

We're moving. I am using cardboard boxes to pack and store. How do I eliminate any bug infestation that might be in the boxes? Or to protect while in storage?

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June 5, 20150 found this helpful

Put a couple of fabric softener sheets in them.

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June 6, 20150 found this helpful

There is no scientific evidence that dryer sheets repel all types of bugs and certainly will not kill bugs unless you smash a bug with a dryer sheet. This is a myth that continues because it is cheap and easily done by anyone.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 10, 2008

When moving, what is the best way to pack pantsuits and skirt suits? Last time I moved I left them on the hangers and laid them in the trunk but when I got to my location they were scattered all over the trunk and hangers were all tangled up. Any advice?

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

The best luck we've had is with one of those hanger boxes that you get from the mover or at a box store. They are expensive but you can sell them when you no longer need them. We tried packing them with the dry cleaner bags around them and it worked pretty good. But the box was so much better.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

What I usually do (I move a lot) is tie the hangers together, and hang one robe, dress or long shirt around a bunch of hangers. I tie the robe closed, or button the shirt around the bundle it covers. you can also lace the bundles together at the 'Y' point of the hangers. A womans size 12 shirt should be able to wrap about 12 - 15 items if they are not too bulky, but U can experiment to see what seems to work for you.

Wardrobe boxes are expensive, but great to use. Perhaps try to freecycle them (?)

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with using the special moving boxes for hanging clothes that are called "wardrobe" boxes. They are worth the expense I found. They have a bar to hang the hangers on, just like there usually is in a closet and tight fitting sleeve-style covers.

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November 20, 2012

I am packing to move. How do I pack my pot lids that are made of glass? I have 6 of them.

By Onesummer

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November 21, 20120 found this helpful

Pack them in with your cushions, pillows or towels. Works every time!


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November 21, 20120 found this helpful

If they have removable knobs, take them off and wrap the lids with newspaper, and sandwich them. Wrap whole lot in a towel or pillow case and they should be quite safe...don't lose the knobs though!

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November 21, 20120 found this helpful

I recently moved. I used bubble wrap for some items made of glass or newspaper. Nothing was broken after the move. Wrap the bowls this way, also.

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