Moving & Packing Tips

Packing Tips

Check out our packing tips. Parks Moving & Storage is willing to pack as little or as much as you need; it is all a part of your personalized move plan.

Where to start?

Packing can be a very crazy time: boxes everywhere, rooms of stuff to organize. Parks Moving can help you keep things simple. Here are some tips that will help you get started:

  • Plan how you will pack. You will want to first pack the items you use the least.
  • Do not wait until the last minute. Start packing as soon as you find out you are moving, especially if you are doing all of the packing yourself.
  • Never pack flammable or nonallowable items.
  • To keep better track of your belongings, list the contents and room on the outside of the box.
  • Use clean newsprint paper. You do not want the ink from an old newspaper on your belongings. Clean newsprint paper is available from your move coordinator.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Use professional packing tape instead of masking tape; it is stronger.

How to: Books

Place books flat in the carton, alternating the spine/open side of the book. Place a piece of paper between books so the books do not stick together. Reach out to your move coordinator for book cartons.

How to: Bottles

Tape bottles shut and wrap in clean newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight bag before wrapping and placing in carton.

How to: China

China is highly breakable which requires extra care. These steps can help you avoid damage while these items are moved:

  • First, wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper, and place newsprint paper in the bottom of a box/dishpack for cushioning.
  • Wrap each piece of china individually.
  • For plates, place these items in the carton in a row on their edge (so they are standing up).
  • Surround with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces.
  • Add crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier.  Note: a couple of inches of  paper will do great.
  • Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as above.

How to: Clothing

Leave your clothes on hangers and hang in a special wardrobe box.  You can always ask your move coordinator for some wardrobe boxes.

How to: Computers

If possible, pack computers/electronics in their original boxes if you can otherwise, as long as you use proper packing materials (bubble wrap, newsprint, blankets, etc.), computers/electronics can be safely packed in almost any box. Follow these steps for easy care:

  • Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
  • Wrap computer/electronics parts generously with paper and place in the carton.
  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
  • Firmly seal the carton.
  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”

Be aware of special considerations for the internal components of computers. Discuss the transportation of your computers and other electronics with your move coordinator.

How to: Lamp Shades and Bases

Lamp shades can be a little difficult. Handle lamp shades by their wire frames and place in a carton lined with paper. Also surround the shade with protective paper. You can place shades inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.

Parks Moving & Storage has cartons specially-designed for lamp bases. These cartons are also good for other things like golf clubs, floor lamps, and garden tools. Reach out to your move coordinator for more help.

How to: Mirrors and Glass

Wrap the picture or mirror in a cushion of clean paper.  Place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton. Carefully seal the carton.  Always stand glass, pictures, and mirrors on their edge.  They may break if they laid flat.

How to: Shoes

If the shoes are dirty a plastic bag can keep other items clean during the move.  If possible pack each pair of shoes in their own shoebox,  and place in a storage carton.  If you do not have shoeboxes handy, individually wrap each pair.

How to: Silver

It is best to wrap silver in clean paper, and then nest them in a storage carton.

How to: Soft Goods/Bedding

It is best to pack soft goods like pillows, bedding, and blankets in lined cartons separated by layers of clean paper. This will keep your bedding organized and clean during your move.

How to: Statues and Figurines

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How to: Stemware

Stemware should be individually wrapped with protective paper or bubble wrap placed into the goblet and around the stem. Cushion each goblet with thick wrapping.  Then place stem up in a dishpak carton.

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