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

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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:

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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.

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I really did this for one move when I went across country.

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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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May 3, 2005

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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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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May 21, 2008

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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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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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.

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You can also cut it to the exact size you need.

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October 8, 2018

When packing glass dishes, use paper towels to wrap them in. That way, you don't have to wash them and you can still use the paper towel.

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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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By Stacey (Guest Post)
June 10, 20080 found this helpful

You can get wardrobe boxes in which you can hang all of those types of items from moving truck rental companies, etc. If you can't find those, you can get plastic covers, like the ones you get from the dry cleaners (they'll usually sell some too you for pretty cheap) and leave the suit on the hanger, place the plastic over it, roll it all up together, yes with the hanger (don't fold, roll) and put it in a box, suit case or whatever you'd like. I don't know exactly why, but the plastic stops the material from wrinkling and will arrive in perfect condition. I use this technique to pack delicate items on trips and it works perfectly.
I'm moving right now too.
Good luck!

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By fpj (Guest Post)
June 10, 20080 found this helpful

Leave them in the dry cleaner plastic bags. Have no idea why, but keeps them from wrinkling. Works for many types of clothes. You can even put more than 1-2 things in the same bag. I wouldn't put more than 3 or so things, though.

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By Jean from Mississippi (Guest Post)
June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Put a sheet or something similar on the bottom of the trunk first. Lay the clothes on the sheet. Tie the tops of the hangers together (string, rope, cable ties - whatever will work). Fold the sheet snugly over the clothes. You might need to use safety pins or clothespins the hold the ends of the sheet together. The clothes should not move much with this method.

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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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By U*u*U (Guest Post)
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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June 14, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the dry cleaning bags -- or tissue paper folded in between them (I do this when packing for a trip).

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

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November 21, 20120 found this helpful

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

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Anonymous
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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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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