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Packing Pointers

Packing Basics

Before actually packing up, you need to have a game plan.

For Example:

Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack. Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of your move. Mark all boxes, designating room and box number. Make a carton identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total number of cartons packed. It is a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or location of high value goods. Notify HDL of any high value items.

Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. It is a good idea to have plenty of “filling” material on hand.

Be sure that all cartons are securely closed and will hold the weight of the contents.

Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 lbs. or less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.

Specialized Packing Tips

The list of individual household items is endless. If you want a more comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a line.

Email or call us at 262-723-5774 or 800-888-3312.

Packing for Moving

Use only strong corrugated cartons with covers or flaps. HDL carries a wide variety of specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover- provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor quality packing materials.

Here is a list of some packing supplies that may come in handy:

  • Packing paper, clean newsprint for delicate packing jobs.
  • Bubble wrap for pictures, mirrors, lamps, or figurines that need extra protection
  • Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn”
  • Gummed tape for sealing cartons (do not use masking or duct tape)
  • Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
  • Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
  • Scissors and/or sharp knife


For a complete listing of supplies carried by HDL see Packing Supplies.

Packing Dishware

Wrap all kitchen glassware in clean packing paper. This eliminates having to rewash everything once you unpack. Dish packs work very well. They fit a serving of 12 in each box. The box fits 3 different inserts, one for full size plates, serving bowls, tall vases or pitchers and platters, one for dessert size plates and bowls, and one for stemware, cups, and saucers.

Wrap your dinner plates in clean packing paper one at a time. After you have wrapped two of them you may stack one on top of another and wrap them together in another sheet of packing paper. Stand plates on end to travel best. You will get 12 plates across the bottom of the box with room for other bowls, pitchers, vases or platters. Delicate cups, like china, should be stuffed with crumpled paper and wrapped one at a time.

Delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position, not in its side.

No matter what you are packing, you should use crumpled packing paper or peanuts in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there is a gap. All boxes with fragile items should be marked accordingly.

Click Here for a diagram illustrating proper dish packing procedure.