How to Pack Boxes Construct your first box, then pack up one small area at a time. Before you put anything inside your first moving box.
Don’t overpack boxes
You should avoid overpacking cardboard boxes because they will become heavy and the bottom can easily drop out. Make sure the bottoms of your boxes have been securely taped when packing. Make sure you also test the weight of the box to make sure it is not too heavy.
Starting with rooms and items you use the least
Start packing as early as possible and begin with the rooms that you don’t use that much. You will then start to pack the other rooms.
Labeling the boxes with what is inside and the room they go in
Once you have packed a large box, mark the box so you can easily know what is inside. You can label the box with a tag like “saucepan and cutlery”. It is also a good idea to state what room it is going to go to. Kitchen items can be stored in different rooms; the garage, utility room, or pantry. This is why you need to mark the room the belongs to.
Don’t make the boxes too heavy to lift safely
When packing the box, test the weight to make sure it doesn’t end up being too heavy for you to pick it up. When packing large boxes, keep in mind that they are going to contain more items so they can end up being very heavy and might need to be carried by two people. If this is the case, have a “heavy load” sticker on the box.
Investing in a tape dispenser
Getting a tape dispenser is a good idea because it makes things easier when you want to assemble and secure the cardboard boxes. Cutting the tape manually when putting the boxes together is a major faff. A tape dispenser is going to make things easier for you.
Being generous with your packaging
Be generous when it comes to bubble wrap and newspaper because they will help in protecting your delicate items like ornaments and glassware.
Avoiding empty gaps
Try to use every little space you have because it is going to cut down on the volume of boxes needed. It is also good to do this because it helps prevent the content from moving around inside which minimizes the risk of things getting broken. If you don’t have any items to fill the space, then use old newspapers or even balled-up linen. This is going to save you a lot.
Using large boxes for light items
Don’t make the mistake of filling the large boxes with heavy stuff. Books and crockery are best packed in small boxes. Using smaller boxes means that the box is not going to be heavy. The best use for bigger boxes is bedding and soft furnishings. This makes things easier when moving because you don’t have to carry boxes that are too heavy.
Packing cables tidily
When you have a lot of items to pack, you might be tempted to pull out cables and throw them inside the box, but this is going to make things hard when unpacking. Take a photo of your electrical equipment like the TV before unplugging the cables. Use cable ties on each cable before putting them inside a velar food bag that you can label. This is going to make it easier for you to identify the right cables for a given appliance. Taking the photo is going to help you in plugging back everything.
Checking lids and storing upright
If you are moving with liquids, for example, anything from the kitchen cupboards or fridge, or cleaning fluids, you need to take extra care and make sure the lids are tightly screwed. It is a good idea to go the extra mile of placing them inside a large freezer or carrier bag so that the leak will be contained if there is a leak or breakage. Put them into a sturdy box like a plastic crate and fill the gaps to prevent banging and rattling when transporting them.