Packing Tips

We are here to help. Pack as little or as much as you want. 1st Class Moving Storage will pack your entire house or office, one box or a few boxes. Whatever you decide, we want your move to go smoothly with no stress or worries on your part. These tips are meant to help you with the packing process and don’t forget that we sell boxes and packing supplies at discounted prices:

To begin with…
  • Have a plan. Start with packing items you do not use on a regular basis. Example: pictures, artwork, china, wine glasses, photo albums, Christmas and holiday decorations, etc…
  • Start early. It is never too early to start packing and you should start as soon as you know you will be moving.
  • Do not pack any flammable or potentially hazardous materials. See a list of items that should not be packed or placed onto the moving van.
  • To provide proper cushioning, use generous amounts of paper or bubble-wrap at the bottom and on top of all fragile cartons.
  • List the contents and the room or location on the outside of the carton.
  • Ask 1st Class Moving Storage to send you some “FRAGILE” labels to be applied to the outside of fragile cartons. You also can print some Avery labels on your home or office printer using red ink, or simply write with a magic marker.
  • Newspapers are okay for packing but, keep in mind, that all dishes and glassware packed with regular newspaper will need to be washed upon unpacking to remove any ink markings. Instead, we encourage the use of professional unprinted paper to eliminate the need for washing. See our materials page for options and pricing.
  • Clearly mark “Open First” on cartons containing essential items such as paper goods, cooking utensils, toiletries, bedding, etc… You can also draw big red “X’s” on the sides of these cartons.
  • It is extremely important to pack all cartons tightly to reduce the chance of item shifting and crushing of boxes. If a carton gets too heavy, fill the rest with light-weight, soft items such as blankets, pillows, towels, etc…. This way, you also save on needing more boxes.
  • Use special box sealing tape. Masking tape is strongly discouraged because it does not provide a strong enough seal to keep bottoms of cartons from falling. The best type is a 2″ vinyl, clear or tan color, tape available from 1st Class or any hardware or office supply store.
Clothes
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We recommend using wardrobe boxes to transport hanging clothes. Clothes are left on hangers and hung in special wardrobe cartons which will help eliminate the need for dry cleaning or ironing.
China
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We highly recommend using dishpacks for packing china. First, place some crumbled up papers at the bottom of the dishpack to provide some cushion for your delicate items. Then carefully wrap each individual piece of china in sheets of white newsprint paper. Take 3 to 5 pieces of wrapped china and re-wrap them with another sheet or two of newsprint and then place them in the dishpack on their edge.

Surround each bundle with crumbled up paper making sure you do not leave any unfilled spaces. Lay a few sheets of paper on top to add more cushioning and to make a level base for the next tier. Cut pieces of cardboard also can be used instead of paper to divide the layers and provide a level based between layers. Place heavier items, such as serving plates in the bottom layers and lighter items, such as stemware in the top layers. You also may want to use Dishpack Inserts, which  also are available on our materials page.
Stemware
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Crumble some paper and place it inside the goblet and gently wrap some more paper around the stem. Then wrap the stemware with additional paper and place on top of the dishpack or inside special inserts used to divide the dishpack. If not using dishpack inserts, do not stack stemware in more than two layers.
Bottles
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We do not recommend packing or moving open unsealed bottles of any liquids. If you have to move them, they should be taped shut and wrapped in clean newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight bag (Zip lock or such) before wrapping and placing in cartons.
Lamp Shades and Lamps
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You should only handle lamp shades by their wire frames and place them in a carton lined with paper. Surround the shade with protective paper. Shades can be nested inside each other as long as they are separated by paper. You should not pack lamp shades with any other items due to their delicate nature. Lamps should be wrapped with plenty of bubble-wrap and placed into large boxes or dishpacks with additional paper under, around and on top of them for extra protection.
Stereos, Computers and Electronics
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Always pack computers and electronics in their original cartons, if they are available. As long as proper packing materials are used (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters, blankets, pillows, etc.), computers and electronics can be safely packed in sturdy boxes.

Pad the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of paper or bubble wrap.

Fully disconnect all wires and cables. Do not try to move electronics and computers partially connected. If concerned about reconnecting wires, use small labels or masking tape to label each wires location prior to disconnecting it.

Remove paper, paper trays and all ink cartridges from printers.

Wrap computers and electronics with paper and place in carton.

Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.

Firmly seal the carton.

Label the carton as “FRAGILE – TOP LOAD.”

When you unpack your computers and electronics, it is recommended to let them reach room temperature before plugging them into sockets.

Be aware of special considerations for the internal workings of a computer. Always backup your files online or carry the backups with you to prevent major data losses.

Statuary and Figurines
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Original boxes should always be used when available. If not, wrap statues and figurines with bubble wrap, then snugly wrap with white paper. If bubble wrap is not available, use clean paper to wrap the item until it is adequately cushioned. Certain types also will require peanuts be placed around the item instead of wrapping, such as “Lladro” and other delicate figurines.
Soft Goods (Blankets, Pillows, etc…)
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Soft goods like pillows and bedding are packed in extra large cartons. They also can be placed at the bottom of wardrobe boxes if available.
Shoes
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If possible, pack shoes in their original shoeboxes to prevent crushing them then place in larger cartons. If shoeboxes are not available, individually wrap them to prevent abrasive damage and place in cartons layered flat and separated by white newsprint or cut pieces of cardboard.
Mirrors, Glass and Pictures
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Wrap pictures, paintings or mirrors in bubble-wrap and then use tape to secure. Place in a special picture or mirror carton with some crumbled papers at the bottom and on top for additional cushioning. Carefully tape and seal the carton. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Do not lay flat.
Books
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Use only small or book cartons no larger than 2.0 cubic feet. Always lay books flat in the carton alternating the spine and open side of the book. You may place a piece of paper between books to prevent them from sticking together.
Finally…

If you have any concerns or questions not addressed above, please contact us or call our toll-free number, 888-379-0011 and one of our representatives will be glad to provide further assistance and walk you through any packing needs you might have. We are here to help you!

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