February 22, 2023

Packing: Tried and True Tips and Tricks

The biggest undertaking during a move? The preparation. Did you know that packing isn't all or nothing? Corrigan can pack as much or as little as you’d like! During your virtual survey, your relocation specialist will review your needs and provide a price for those services. Packing is completely tailored to you, your budget and your wishes. If you’re doing all or most of your own packing, then the question truly is- where do you start? We’re happy to share our best packing tips with our customers, and you’ll be on your way to an easy move!


Where to start?

Packing can be a stressful time: boxes everywhere. Corrigan Moving can help you simplify the process. Here are some suggestions to help you pack that will help you kick off your move:

  • Organize how you will pack. You will want to first pack the items you use the least.
  • Don't procrastinate 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.
  • Do not pack flammable or restricted items.
  • To better organize your belongings, list the items inside and location on the outside of the box. Mark this on the side, as you won’t see anything on the top of the boxes if they’re stacked.
  • Use unused packing 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 items that won't break.
  • Use high-quality packing tape instead of masking tape; it is stronger.

 Packing tips for your Ann Arbor move

How to: Books

Place books flat in the carton, changing the spine/open side of the book. Place a sheet of paper between books so they don't adhere to each other. Reach out to your move coordinator for specialized boxes for books.


How to: Bottles

Tape bottles tightly and cover in unused newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight container before packing and storing in a carton. Or, take a piece of plastic cling wrap, insert inside the lid, and tighten the cap back on. You’ve now reclosed the bottle and prevented the risk of spills.


How to: China

Delicate dishware is extremely fragile, which demands extra care. These packing techniques can minimize the risk of damage while these goods are transported:

  • First, wrap china in sheets of white tissue paper, and place white tissue paper in the bottom of a packing box for cushioning.
  • Wrap each piece of delicate dishware one by one.
  • For plates, place these items in the carton in an upright position on their edge (so they are standing up).
  • Surround with torn paper, being careful to avoid empty 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 an additional row. Wrap and pack in the same way as above.


How to: Clothing

Keep your clothes on hangers and hang them in a dedicated wardrobe box. You can always request your move coordinator for some wardrobe boxes.


How to: Computers

If possible, pack electronic devices in the boxes they came in if available. Otherwise, as long as you use sufficient packing materials (bubble wrap, newsprint, blankets, etc), computers/electronics can be effectively packed in just about any box. Follow these packing tips for stress-free care:

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

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


How to: Lamp Shades

Your lamp's shades can be a little challenging. Handle lamp shades by their frames and put them in a container with paper for protection. Also cover the shade with additional paper. You can place shades inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.


How to: Mirrors and Glass

Wrap the picture in a cushion of blank paper. Place in a collapsed moving or telescoping carton. Carefully secure the carton. Always place mirrors on their end. They may shatter if they are put flat.


How to: Shoes

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


How to: Silver

If you're packing silverware, it's best to cover each piece in fresh paper, and then nest them in a storage carton.


How to: Soft Goods/Bedding

It is best to pack soft possessions like pillows, bedding, and blankets in cartons with protective lining separated by layers of fresh paper. This will keep your linens neat and clean during your move.


How to: Statues and Figurines

Anything easily damaged is best packed into a reinforced container. Since these are twice as strong as standard boxes, they can hold about 70 pounds. Wrap these delicate pieces in soft paper first, then packing peanuts. Add a good quantity of bubble wrap on the base, edges, and between breakable items inside of the carton.


How to: Stemware

Goblets should be wrapped separately with protective paper or bubble cushion placed into the glass and around the stem. Protect each cup with thick wrapping. Then position stem up in a dishpack.


When in doubt:

Reach out to your moving expert! With over 90 years of expertise, we have the knowledge and ability to handle even the most sensitive and unusual items. Our specialists can advise the top packing tips to handle specific pieces, ensuring your items make it from beginning to end without any worries.

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