20 Jan

2017

By / KelloggAdmin

How to Properly Pack a Box

You’re preparing to move which means you have plenty of boxes, packing paper and tape. Now it’s just time to put all of your things in those boxes!

Sure, you could just start throwing in sweaters and trinkets.  Packing can’t be that difficult, right?

You could easily just fill a box with the first few objects you see until the box is full. But with a little planning, you can make the most of each box, packing as efficiently as possible. This, in turn, will help you avoid broken belongings as your things will be packed more securely.

Follow these seven steps to learn how to properly pack a box.

  1. Start in a single room

This is an important step. It will be tempting to gather similarly sized and shaped items from all over your home. This may seem efficient up front, but as you begin opening boxes it will make unpacking much more difficult. Make an effort to begin boxing up a single room, and don’t move on to another until that room is completely packed.

  1. Grouping

Now that you’ve set up shop in a single room, begin grouping your belongings. Ideally, you want to group things together that are similar weight. If you try to pack a lightweight, delicate teacup with several large textbooks you are asking for trouble! You can also group things together that are similar in size.

  1. Prime the Box

Once your items are gathered and arranged, it’s time to prime your box. Put down a layer of wadded-up packing paper or packing peanuts. This is particularly crucial if the items in your box are fragile.

  1. Bottoms Up

Take the heaviest items you will be packing, wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap and begin filling the box from the bottom up! Don’t forget, the heaviest items should always go on the bottom.

  1. Keep it Light

Once you have heavier items on the bottom, you can now fill the rest of the box with lighter items. Be sure to wrap these in packing paper or bubble wrap as well. When filling boxes, it’s also important to remember to keep the overall weight fairly light. You want to make sure that anyone lifting the box can do so easily so there is no chance the box will be dropped. If you are packing books, chose a small box so fewer books fit, keeping the overall weight manageable.

  1. Padding

Once your box is full, use some wadded-up packing paper or more bubble wrap to fill in any empty spaces, or to provide extra cushion. If there is any room at the top of your box, fill it with packing paper or bubble wrap until it is flush with the top of your box

  1. Secure and Label

Now that your box is properly packed, use heavy-duty tape to secure it. The final (and one of the most important) step is to clearly label your box with the contents and room. This makes unloading and unpacking much simpler.

 

Now that all your boxes are packed, why not leave the rest of your move up to professionals? Call Kellogg Movers today!

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