Essential Rules of

Packing Effectively


Packing correctly will save you time and heartache when the time comes to unpack your belongings.


Packing up the old locations

  1. Photograph all large items and furniture. Take accurate measurements of these items.

  2. Start the first box by packing out-of-season items and those things you use infrequently. Items that you will need until moving day gets set aside and put into the last box.

  3. Empty dresser drawers of breakables, perishables, and prohibited items. Make sure to remove anything items that would puncture or damage other items. Blankets, sweaters, lingerie, bath towels, and similar soft, lightweight goods may be left in drawers.

  4. Isolate and protect dangerous items like knives or skewers that might puncture or damage other items (or movers).

  5. Keep items that are in pairs (for example shoes) and items with multiple components together. Place small hardware items in plastic zip-lock type bags and tape them securely to the equipment.

  6. Wind electrical cords, fastening them (cord ties) so they do not dangle.

  7. Pack similar items together. For example, do not pack a delicate china figurine in the same box with cast-iron frying pans.

  8. Wrap fine china, crystal and delicate items individually in the clean, unprinted paper; tissue paper, towels or even facial tissue. Use a double layer of newspaper for a good outer wrapping.

  9. Place a two- or three-inch layer of crushed paper at the bottom of every box for cushioning (this should also be done on the sides and top). As each layer is completed, fill in empty spaces firmly with crushed paper, you do not want items moving around during the shipping process.

  10. As you fill extra small and smaller boxes with delicate items, consolidate them into a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper. Remember that over cushioning is always a good practice.

  11. Cushion well with crushed paper; towels and lightweight blankets also may be used for padding and cushioning. The more fragile the item, the more cushioning needed. Be sure no sharp points, edges or rims are left uncovered.

  12. Avoid overloading cartons, but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting. The cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.

  13. Remember as you pack your items you want to write them down on your inventory list.

  14. Seal cartons tightly with tape except for those containing items listed on WolfePack’ s High-Value Inventory Form. These must be left open for the van operator’s inspection.

  15. As you finish with each carton, list a brief description of the contents on the side of the box. Mark on the side of the box the room it came out of, the box number, and the location it will be going in the new location. This will coordinate with your notebook. On the label, assign each box to a room in your new home.

Getting ready at the new location prior to the moving truck arriving

  1. Tape signs on the door of each room at your destination so movers can get the boxes into the proper rooms quickly.

  2. Decide on the location of all large items and furniture. Place masking tape on the floor to the exact dimensions of the large item or furniture, dimensions will be located in the inventory section of your notebook. This allows you to visualize what the room will look like and determine if the large items or furniture will fit. If it doesn’t fit you can donate or sell it prior to your move.

  3. Tape signs on the walls or locations that you would like all large items or furniture placed at your destination. This way it doesn’t need to be moved after the movers place it in the room. This is extremely helpful if WolfePack Unpacking Services is getting it all done for you.

  4. Place special instructions on boxes you want movers to unpack first at destination.

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