There’s always a lot to do when Moving, and packing is one of the most daunting chores of them all. While it can be tempting to rush through the process, resist the urge to simply stuff your belongings into boxes and call it a day. There’s no sense in bringing them into your new life if they arrive in less than optimum condition. Here are some items that should be handled with particular care.
Glassware and ceramics
These are likely your first concern as you start packing, but here’s where all those unread newspapers and magazines will come in handy. Use the pages to stuff the inside of glasses and mugs with paper for reinforcement before wrapping. Be sure not to use glossy or brightly colored pages for delicate glass or light-colored items. Finally, label those boxes that contain anything fragile, and keep them on the top of the stack.
Use padding on chair and table legs, and wrap them in bubble wrap for added protection. If possible, remove legs altogether for ease of transport. For sofas and easy chairs, throw slipcovers over them to avoid the probability of stains (moving is a much dirtier business than a lot of people realize). Wrapping small, breakable trinkets and storing them in dresser drawers can minimize the risk of breakage.
As this is a leather product, it requires some finesse when it comes to storage. First of all, avoid making any sharp creases in the rug when folding, and ensure that it stays out of the sun during the move — this could cause discoloration. A plastic bag is fine for protection, but the rug should be removed from the bag as soon as possible.
Power tools and equipment
Household items usually stored in the garage, such as lawn mowers and leaf-blowers, should be appropriately maintained before the move. Make sure any gas tanks are as close to empty as possible, and store the heaviest objects toward the cab of the moving van (you’re unlikely to need these things until everything is unpacked, in any case).
Lamps and lampshades
The tips for moving these are quite similar to those for glasses and plates, but with one caveat: Use old clothing for padding instead of paper. Cloth is sturdier and lends stability to more substantial pieces.
The few extra minutes these steps will take will be well worth it once the boxes are unpacked, and will ensure that you thoroughly enjoy life in your new home.
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