• Pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each carton as you proceed.

  • Pack what you need least, first. (i.e. If it is winter, pack all your spring items).

  • Try to keep all packed boxes as close to the door as possible.

  • Place heavier items in smaller boxes, linens and towels in medium sized boxes.

  • Label cartons by listing what items are in the box and designate which room it should be delivered to.

  • Try to pack a few cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.

  • Be sure to have the correct packing materials.

  • Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.

  • All heavier items should be packed toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.

  • Regarding carton size keep this in mind “the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.”


  • DO: Be sure to remove all items that might break. Partially empty drawers and fill spaces with small, fragile items like clocks or picture frames wrapped in loose clothing.

  • DON’T: Leave bureau drawers completely full for the move — the bureau will be too heavy.

  • DON’T: Overload the bureaus drawers or damage may occur.

  • DON’T: Put tape on drawers — it could stick to the finish.

China and Crystal

  • DO: Use tape, small and medium boxes, bubble wrap, un-printed newspaper.

  • DON’T: Use compartmentalized liquor boxes unless the compartments are made of sturdy cardboard and you put a layer of packing material on the bottom first.

  • DO: Wrap glasses and cups in bubble wrap or newspaper.

  • DON’T: Forget to mark the appropriate room for each carton.

  • DO: Seal and mark fragile china.