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