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How To Pack For Your Move
The undertaking of packing all your treasured memorabilia and necessities can be made easier by following these few simple techniques:
Use the proper packing materials. It will payoff in the long run! Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and moving pads can all be purchased from your local mover. Wardrobe boxes and other specialty boxes can be found there too. Sturdy boxes can also be retrieved from wholesale companies at no charge. 
The following is a list of tools and materials to make your packing go more smoothly:
v      Razor knife and/or Scissors
v      Note pad
v      Black & Red, water resistant marker

v      Boxes of all sizes
v      Packing tape
v      Bubble wrap
Note Pad - Keep a detailed list (by box number) of what items are packed in each box. Do not write the contents of each box on the box.
Packing Boxes - Pack one room at a time labeling each box appropriately (on top and side) with which room the box belongs in (bedroom, kitchen, living room, etc) and assign each box a number (1, 2, 3…) in black. Also label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with “Fragile” or “glass” in red. In the note pad, keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make finding things and unpacking easier. Do not write the contents of each box on the box.
In The Bedroom - Empty all dresser and night stand drawers of all contents. Fold and place the clothes into a small bags (grocery bags will work), Tie the bags shut, and place them back in the drawers. This minimizes wasted space without adding much weight to an already heavy item. Box up all other items (ink pens, batteries, and other items).  To keep from unnecessary damage, it’s a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in a labeled zip tight bag or container that you can keep with you so the parts won't get lost.
In The Kitchen – Go to the linen closet and gather up all the bath & hand towels and bring them to the kitchen. Build a medium box and put a pillow or thick blanket in the box (on the bottom). Wrap all your china and glassware in towels and place them in the box (on top of the pillow or thick blanket). The bath towels will protect your glassware better then paper.  Put socks inside drinking glasses and wrap them in hand towels. The socks will take the vibration out of the glass. Wrap all glass items throughout the house like this and your glassware will be better protected then paper wrap or bubble wrap.
One Special Box - Plan ahead for what you'll need the first day after your move. Pack a special box for everyone containing toiletries, medications, a change of clothes, toys for the kids, etc. Do the same in the kitchen… a family of three should have a special kitchen box containing 3 plates, 3 bowls, 3 forks, 3 spoons… Cooking knife, favorite frying pan… everything you need for the 1st day at your new home. This will save you time from having to unpack your entire kitchen just to cook a simple lunch or dinner.
Pack Tight - Make sure all boxes are firmly packed with heavier items on bottom and lighter ones on top. Put heavier items in smaller boxes so that they're easier to carry. The tighter you pack your boxes, the less damage there will be. Wrap all items individually and always place a layer of cushion in the bottom of each box. Pillows and blankets work well for this. Fill empty spaces with t-shirts or other material items. Do not leave boxes partly packed! They crush and it they have other boxes stacked on top of them, the whole pile will fall, breaking fragile items. If you'll be putting boxes in storage, make sure to pack according to the seasons during which your things will be in storage and mark the boxes accordingly.
Larger Glass Items – It is always best to leave large glass items such as pictures, TVs, mirrors, glass table tops, and glass faced furniture to be crated and packed by professional movers, even if there is an additional cost.  If you decide to crate these items yourself, you should consult a professional mover for advice on how to pack the different glassed items.
Loading The Truck – Loading the truck is like building a 3-D jigsaw puzzle and should be left to the pros. If you decide to do it yourself, start with the heavier items and use them as a base. Stack heavier boxes on bottom and lighter boxes on top. On the top of the stack, slide in picture & mirror boxes, or whatever you have that is thin… You want to use all available space to reduce the risk of breakage. When the truck is completely loaded, secure the load with ratchet straps. 
Do Not – Do not pack flammable goods or heat sensitive items like propane tanks, aerosol cans, gas cans, oil based paints, candles, and certain cleaning fluids. It is against federal law for your shipper to ship them. Do not pack items in trash bags. Everything should be boxed. Bags rip open easily, and the contents fall out and go everywhere. 
Heavy Items - A book does not weigh much, but fill a large box with books and suddenly it weighs a ton. Books, magazines, and DVDs belong in a small box. Boxes should not weigh more then 35 lbs. If you can't pick the box  up, it weighs too much... try repacking it into several smaller boxes.