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How to Pack a Moving Box to Protect your Possessions when Moving House

Packing a box for moving house takes a little skill to ensure the safety of your possessions, yourself and the movers who have to carry and move the packed moving boxes. Here is a step-by step guide to how to pack a moving box:

  1. The first thing you need to do is make the box. Most moving boxes come flat and you need to form them into a box shape and seal the bottom join securely with packing tape.
  2. Always put a layer of old newspaper or packing paper in the bottom of every box to absorb the shock incase it is bumped or knocked.
  3. Select the items you want to put in the box and move them close to the box. Wrap the heavier items, which are not fragile, and pack in the bottom of the box.
  4. Use excess newspaper or packing paper between items to help prevent the contents moving about.
  5. Continue wrapping items and arranging them in the box, being particularly careful with breakables. Fill gaps with screwed up paper.
  6. Put a few layers of paper on top of the box and tape it shut.

Here are some excellent additional tips and tricks to make packing and moving easier, to help you pack your moving boxes securely, and ensure you and your possessions arrive at your new home in good order.

  • Use only moving boxes and moving supplies. Grocery boxes and the like are simply not strong or stable enough when moving house. See for very cheap moving boxes and other supplies.
  • Be prepared – order all your moving boxes and packing supplies in advance, so you have everything on hand when you start to pack.
  • Start packing early to avoid panic close to moving day.
  • Pack one room at a time. It is easier to unpack at your new house if each box only contains items from one room. This isn’t always possible, particularly as you get near the end of the packing.
  • For heavy items like books, use smaller boxes so they are able to be lifted and carried without causing injury.
  • Always pack heavier items at the bottom of a box and lighter, bulky items at the top, for security and easier carrying.
  • Label every box with the name of the room it came from and the room it will go into at the new house, so boxes can be taken straight to the correct room by the movers. List the general contents of each box in case you need to find something before the boxes are all unpacked.
  • As moving boxes are packed, have a central place for them to be stored until moving day. If you pack up the garage first, this makes an excellent holding area for packed boxes.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for the clothes that are hanging in closets. These have a bar for the hangers to go on, so they don’t need to be folded and packed. When you unpack at the new house, all you have to do is hang them straight up in the closet there.
  • Pack away your out-of-season clothes into moving boxes. These won’t need to be unpacked until the seasons change.
  • When packing yard tools, remember to empty the gas from the gas tank.