Professional Moving Tips: Packing Boxes During Your Next Move

Getting ready for a big move? Packing up everything in your house can be a daunting task, especially when you've got a lot of stufff. But whether it’s your least favorite part of moving or just another to-do on your list, these tips from our Seattle movers and packers will help you get a great start on packing for your upcoming move.


Tip #1: Get Organized.

The more organized you are when you begin the packing process, the faster and the smoother it will go. Start by buying (or finding) moving boxes in a variety of sizes. Stock up on packing tape and purchase an easy-tear dispenser for easy use. Get packing paper for wrapping items and consider getting extra packing materials to cushion your boxes. Our professional packing service experts recommend a list of packing materials you might consider:

  • Moving boxes (variety of sizes) -- specialized boxes can be purchased for breakable items like glasses sets and artwork/picture frames.
  • Pack electronics in their original boxes when possible. Special sized electronics boxes can also be purchased to ensure a tight fit.
  • Packing tape and dispenser (3-5 rolls depending on the size of your house)
  • Packing paper or unprinted newspaper
  • Tissue paper (colored paper will make small items stand out)
  • Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc. for cushioning
  • Permanent markers for labeling (fine point)
  • Colored dot stickers (if desired, for color coding)

Tip #2: Be Methodical.

Start packing your house room-by-room, starting with items you will not need in the short-term. Divide each room into areas and finish one area before moving on to the next.

  • Don’t mix household items from different rooms in one box if you can help it.
  • Avoid packing important legal documents, irreplaceable photos and other valuable personal items. Keep these items with you during your move.
  • Note: Some household items cannot be packed because they are hazardous including flammables like gasoline, kerosene, paint and thinners, aerosols, and nail polish remover. Check with your Seattle residential moving company for a complete list.

Tip #3: Pay Attention to the Little Things.

Organize and individually wrap small items using packing tape, Ziploc bags and tissue paper.

  • Keep screws and other hardware from disassembled furniture together in labeled plastic bags or tape them directly to the furniture they belong to.
  • Wrap necklaces and other jewelry in tissue paper and use a piece of tape to secure the bundle, ensuring that your valuables stay safe and intact during the move.
  • Use tape to secure the lids on game boxes and other small storage bins so that they don’t accidentally pop open in transit.
  • Remember to remove light bulbs from lamps before packing.

Tip #4: Weigh Your Options.

Remember, someone (either you or someone from your Seattle residential movers) is going to have to carry your packed boxes and it may be you so keep overall box weight as low as possible (under 30 lbs. is recommended).

  • Use small boxes to pack heavy items such as books and dishes.
  • Put heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top to make the boxes easier to move and carry.
  • Consider packing clothes in suitcases to keep them accessible and easy to move.

Tip #5: Finishing Touches Make All the Difference.

  • When you finish packing your items in a box, use dishtowels and other packing materials to fill in any empty space. This will keep your packed items as stable as possible during the move and will avoid damage caused by items rubbing together.
  • Next, use packing tape to secure the top lid and then label the box. Include the destination room name and a general description of the contents inside the box (example: books, dishes, clothes, etc.).
  • Consider color-coding your boxes with colored dot stickers to make it easier to find and organize when they arrive at your new home. If you’ve got children, let them pick their own color to get them involved in the packing process.

Packing can be a big job, but the smarter you pack, the easier it will be to unpack when you get to your new home. Making sure you have all the necessary materials will make the job go smoothly. Taking a few extra minutes to secure your boxes properly with packing tape will ensure the safe transport of your household items with your movers and packers in Seattle. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to your next big adventure!