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.