Chairs-Clothes-Computers-CD’s

Chairs
What you will need:
The first thing you will want to do after a long day of house moving is grab a seat in your new home. Make sure all your chairs make the trip unharmed with these packing tips.

What you will need: Resealable plastic sandwich bags, large plastic trash bags, tape, rope, blankets or bubble wrap and plastic chair covers. Chair covers may be purchased from most moving supply companies.

How to pack: Assemble wardrobe boxes and be certain to tape the bottom of the boxes well. To avoid wrinkling, pull the wardrobe boxes up over the still-hanging clothing items before removing them from the tension rod. Shoes may be placed in the bottom of wardrobe boxes but be careful not to overload the box so it is too heavy for you or your movers. Less valuable clothing items (t-shirts, jeans) can simply be packed into boxes or suitcases. Old t-shirts or sweatshirts can be used as packing material in between fragile items. Any boxes containing clothing should be taped shut and labeled either “Clothing” or with the owner’s name.

Clothes
What you will need:
Tape, Wardrobe moving boxes, Suitcases, Small and medium moving boxes.
How to pack:
Assemble wardrobe boxes and be certain to tape the bottom of the box well. Hang clothes directly from closets into the wardrobe boxes. Shoes may be placed in the bottom of wardrobe boxes but caution should be taken not to overload the box so it is too heavy to move. Some clothes can be packed in boxes or suitcases. Consider using some clothes as packing material in between breakable items or to fill spaces in other boxes that contain items from bedrooms. Tape the boxes shut and label them “Clothing” or with the clothing person’s name.

Computers
For most Americans, the computer is the command center; a place for music files, work files and budget documents. Before your moving service arrives, you should have all your computer files backed up on external storage. You should have all peripheral components safely packaged. Check your operator manual for further instructions as your computer company may recommend that you further protect your info by “parking” your hard drive. This process involves running a program that makes recording heads in the hard drive pull back from the data area into a safer area of the CPU to reduce friction damage during the move.

What you will need: Tape, Small pieces of cardboard, Plastic bags, Original packing box and foam forms; or two sets of moving boxes, one larger than the other (for double-boxing components), Packing peanuts.

How to pack: Pack your disks in a separate box, making certain not to pack anything magnetic in the same box. When bundling cables and wires, use a color-code system to easily match them when you reconnect your computer in your new home.Shut down your computer and wait until it has completely cooled off. Put each component part in a plastic bag to keep dirt out during the move. If you have the original box the computer came in, place each piece inside the foam forms in their original spaces. Fit cables and other accessories in the sides of each box and fill with packing peanuts. If you do not have the original boxes, use the double-box method. Fill the smaller of the two boxes with packing peanuts, wrap the monitor with a plastic bag, put the monitor or CPU in the middle, and fill the box the rest of the way so the component sits in the middle of the box without touching the sides.

Fit in cables and accessories, close and seal that box, then fill the bottom of the second box with packing peanuts, put the sealed box in, and fill all around the rest of the way with packing peanuts. If you have a small printer, you can pack it with your CPU. Be sure to remove the printer cartridges. If your printer uses pins to form-feed paper, leave the paper in during the move to keep the pins in place. Tape each box shut and boldly mark on all sides “Fragile – Computer”. Make sure these markings are easily read so there is no confusion with your moving company.

CDs
What you will need:
Tape, Packing peanuts or packing paper, Small moving boxes.
How to pack:
Pad the bottom of the box with wadded packing paper or packing peanuts. If you do not have a lot of CDs and if your box is big enough place your entire CD holder (filled with CDs) in the center. Fill in tightly all around and on top with packing peanuts or wadded packing paper. If you have a large collection of CDs they can weigh a lot. Divide them into several small boxes. Place a stack of CDs in the middle of each box and fill in tightly all around and on top with packing peanuts or wadded packing paper. Tape boxes shut and mark “CDs”.

Collectibles
What you will need: Tape, Small and medium moving boxes, Bubble wrap, Packing peanuts or packing paper.
How to pack: Wrap each fragile item separately with bubble wrap and tape. Put a layer of packing peanuts or wadded packing paper in the bottom of the box. Place wrapped, fragile items in followed by a layer of packing peanuts or wadded packing paper. Continue to layer until you have filled the box putting a final layer of packing peanuts or wadded packing paper on the top. Seal with tape and boldly mark on all sides “Fragile – Collectibles”. Make sure these labels are big enough and clear enough that your moving company can read them.

China and Crystal
What you will need: Tape, Small and medium moving boxes, Cardboard, Packing paper, Packing peanuts, Bubble wrap.

How to pack Plates and Bowls: Place a layer of wadded packing paper or packing peanuts in the bottom of the box. Stack the plates, largest to smallest and continue with stacks of bowls, largest to smallest. Begin with your largest plates and stack them in the middle of the box alternating one plate with one layer of bubble wrap or packing paper. Continue until you are near the top of the box. Fill in all empty areas, top and sides, with packing material and double-tape all sides, as this box is likely to be heavy. Boldly mark on all sides “Fragile – China”. Make sure these labels are big enough and clear enough that your moving company can read them.

How to pack Glasses and Teacups: Place a layer of wadded packing paper or packing peanuts in the bottom of the box. Wrap each glass or teacup in bubble-wrap and tape it. Lay down a layer of wrapped glasses and completely cover that layer with a layer of packing material. Continue to layer until you have filled the box putting a final layer of packing material on the top. Tape the box shut and boldly label “Fragile – Crystal/China”. Write boldly so you or your moving company can read the labels.

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