How To Pack For Your Next Move

Linens & bedding

Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases and other linens may be protected by large plastic bag and packed in a carton that has been lined with clean paper. Wrap your most prized linens in tissue. Also, linens and bedding are good for cushioning or padding many types of items.Special mattress cartons in various sizes are available from your moving company for a nominal charge. Pillows may be placed in bureau drawers or packed in cartons.

Lamp bases

After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately with newsprint. (Use paper pads for large lamps.) Place them together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. More than one well-cushioned lamp may be packed in carton.

China, glassware & silverware

 Moving company packers use a dish pack — an exceptionally sturdy corrugated carton of double- wall construction — for china, glassware and other fragile items less than 18 inches in size. Unless cartons of similar strength and construction are valuable, you might want purchase several dish packs from the moving company. Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually in clean paper. Using several sheets of paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges. A double layer of newspaper serves well as an outer wrapping. A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and glassware. Label cartons, “FRAGILE — THIS SIDE UP.”