packing-101

Packing for your big Phoenix move

Appliances: Wrap small appliances in inkless newsprint or your kitchen towels or linens. Tape the bottom of a medium box securely and put down a layer inkless newsprint for padding. you can pack several small appliances to a box. For large appliances, make sure you check your owner’s manual for any special instructions before you start to pack. Make sure the inside and outside of all appliances are clean. You can stuff the inside of some appliances, such as washing machines and dryers, with towels or linens. Tape down any parts that could come loose — the burners on your stove, the electrical cords, etc. Wrap the appliance with furniture pads and tie securely.

Books: Use only small boxes for books — they get very heavy, very fast. You can use small paperbacks to fill the sides of the box if there is extra space. Use only small boxes for books — they get very heavy, very fast. You can use small paperbacks to fill the sides of the box if there is extra space.

Clothing: This is where wardrobe boxes come in handy. You can move clothing on hangers straight from your closet to the wardrobe boxes. Clothing in drawers should be packed in suitcases or boxes. This is where wardrobe boxes come in handy. You can move clothing on hangers straight from your closet to the wardrobe boxes. Clothing in drawers should be packed in
suitcases or boxes.

Electronic Equipment: Ideally, you should pack electronic equipment such as stereos, TVs and computers in their original boxes with their original packing material. If this is unavailable, wrap the equipment in plastic bags. Wrap each piece in bubble pack and pack in our heavy duty TV Box (25″ x 25″ x 25″ DW).

Furniture: If you can take your furniture apart in any way to make it easier to move, make sure you put all nuts, bolts and screws in a small zip-lock bag and tape the bag to the furniture. Tape drawers shut where necessary. Wrap exposed legs (on tables and chairs) in bubble wrap or inkless newsprint. Wrap in furniture pads and tie securely.

Kitchenware: Wrap breakable items in bubble wrap or inkless newsprint. Put layers of bubble wrap between each plate or bowl. Fill the top bowl with crumpled inkless newsprint. Make sure you put the heavier items on the bottom of the box. Wrap nonbreakable items in inkless newsprint before packing in a box Use cell packs to separate delicate items. Make sure you pack all the items you’ll need for your first few days in you new home in one box, and label it prominently. You can only eat take-out for so long.

Mirrors and Framed Art: Tape an X of masking tape across mirrors and paintings framed with glass. Wrap each item in bubble wrap. You can use our shipping cartons for these pieces. Make sure you label everything fragile.