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Four Common Packing Problems Solved!

With the number of renters on the rise many people find themselves moving frequently throughout their lives.  With each move there often arises the problem of how to pack certain awkward items. Whether you are able to hire movers to make the process less stressful or not you will have to pack these items in a way that will get them to your new home in recognizable condition. Lamps, books, glassware, and electronics all fall under this “awkward” category. To properly pack these items you will need a few supplies; bubble wrap, unprinted newspaper (packing paper), boxes in various sizes, Styrofoam peanuts, and packing tape. Here are some tips for the most common packing problems and troublesome items you may encounter on your next move!

Lamps

Lamps are unwieldy for a number of reasons. Their irregular shape and glass parts make them susceptible to breakage during a move. The key is to disassemble your lamps and to be sure to have boxes that fit their particular dimensions. Once you have boxes that are tall and wide enough to fit your lamps, set to work on preparing them to be boxed. Each electrical cord should be wrapped around the base with the end of the cord tucked into the wrapped loop. Remove the lamp shade, harp (the metal frame around the light bulb), and light bulb. Wrap each of these individually in bubble wrap and place them in a separate box, preferably cushioned by balled- up packing paper or Styrofoam peanuts. Wrap the base of your lamp in at least one layer of bubble wrap and place it in its size-appropriate box, filling the box with packing peanuts when you are done. Tape the box closed and label it with its contents, as well as a “Fragile – this way up” marker.

Books

Many avid readers have amassed an impressive, library-quality book collection.  Books can be especially difficult to pack as they are of varying size and rigidity. The first key to packing books is to be sure that your boxes aren’t too big; the perfect book box size is between 1.0 and 2.0 cubic feet. Book boxes become too heavy very quickly, and with a bigger box you run the risk of having the bottom on your box fall out and scattering your beloved literature in the street. Start by sorting your books into like sizes. There are a few methods that can be used for maximum book count per box as well as protection of the quality of your books. Always start by lining the bottom of your box with a sheet of unprinted newspaper. Your first layer of books can be packed one of three ways – flat, with the spines facing inwards toward the centre of the box; up and down, as on a bookshelf, again with the spine facing inwards; or with the spines against the bottom of the box. If you choose the latter option for packing be sure to have the spines of your books facing the bottom of the box as packing them spine-up can cause your bindings to separate and your pages to fall out. Create layers with crushed packing paper filling holes to ensure that your books won’t be sliding around. Once you have packed a layer put down another sheet of packing paper before you start packing the next. Finish the box with an additional sheet of packing paper and remember to tape and label the box once it is finished.

Electronics

With technology advancing on what seems like a daily basis our collection of electronics can end up ever-growing. It is imperative that these delicate items avoid any bumping or knocking during your move. If you haven’t kept the boxes your electronics came in you can buy some double-walled dish pack boxes, which will insulate your electronics against bumps. More delicate items (such as computer monitors) should be wrapped in bubble wrap before packing. You can layer rectangular electronic items such as DVD and Blu-ray players if you separate each layer with bubble wrap. Be sure to fill any spaces between your electronics and the walls of the box with crushed packing paper to prevent movement. Do not pack too many of these electronic items on top of one another, and be sure to place the more delicate items towards the top. To pack a desktop computer first remove all cables. Wrap each cable individually and secure it with a twist tie. Layer packing paper – two folded sheets should suffice – on the bottom of the box and lay your computer’s tower on its side. Cushion the tower with crushed paper packed around it and be sure it cannot slide around. Place two more layers of folded packing paper over the tower and then place the bubble wrapped monitor, stand down, with the screen against the side of the box. Place your wrapped cables, in a static-proof bag, against another wall of the box. Fill the empty space with crushed packing paper or packing peanuts so that the monitor is secure and seal the box with packing tape. Remember to label this box as fragile.

Moving Glassware

Glassware

Glassware comes in different sizes and shapes, which can make it awkward to pack. You will want to have plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper on hand for this job, as well as double-walled boxes. Wrap delicate items in bubble wrap or packing paper. Line the bottom of your box with Styrofoam peanuts for extra cushioning and carefully build layers of wrapped glassware – leaving more delicate items for the top of the box. Label any boxes with glassware as fragile.  If you are packing glassware with other items place the glass items at the top.

With the application of these tips you will find that these cumbersome items are less mystifying to pack and you will feel more confident in their safe transport.  Confidence equals peace of mind in a move, and who doesn’t want more of that?

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