DIY PACKING TIPS

Making Packing a Little Easier

Use the following suggestions to help with the packing of your goods in order to maximise protection, reduce the chance of damage and create ease of handling.

What Sort of Boxes

Use boxes of good quality cardboard. They need to be strong to protect the contents and to allow stacking on top of each other. For your convenience we have a full selection of suitable boxes and packing materials available for you to purchase from all of our branches.

(Note: If you are moving overseas it is important NOT to use any fruit or produce boxes for your packing.)

 

What Size Boxes

If it fits inside a box then put in a carton. However using the right size box is very important, a simple rule of thumb is to pack light goods into large boxes and heavy goods into small boxes. Once a box is packed it should be able to be comfortably handled by one person. Following is a recommendation of the types of goods you should pack into the different size boxes.

  • Small Boxes Books, Files, CDs, DVDs, Food, Bathroom Items, Tools, etc.
  • Large Boxes Kitchenware, Glassware, China, Crystal, Ornaments, Toys & Games, Clothes & Shoes, Linen, Bedding, Sports Gear, etc

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How Many Boxes

The object is to have the smallest possible number of packages so as to speed up the job. Lots of boxes and loose objects will slow down the removal process and increase the risk of damage.

 

How to Pack Boxes

  • Before putting goods into a box ensure that all open edges are taped up and secured.
  • When packing fragile items in a box place plenty of cushioning on the bottom, i.e. crushed paper or linen.
  • Wrap fragile items in several layers of paper/bubble wrap and pack firmly into box. Avoid using newsprint paper as this can leave marks on your goods.
  • Ensure all glassware, crockery, china, and crystal is packed standing up on its edge for maximum strength.
  • Try to avoid mixing up the contents in your boxes too much.
  • Don’t overload boxes, ensure you pack heavy items on the bottom and light items on top.
  • Pack items in layers with plenty of cushioning in between.
  • Leave room at the top of boxes for another layer of cushioning before closing.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped with paper/bubble wrap or linen and placed inside a cardboard sleeve made from a collapsed box of suitable size.
  • Tape up and secure all open edges.
  • Once closed mark the top of each box with a brief list of contents and the room it belongs in.
  • Sharp objects must be secured and not protruding.

 

General Tips

Ensure all contents are firmly packed and nothing protrudes above the top of the carton. Remember the boxes must be able to be stacked on top of each other without damaging the contents. And always give yourself plenty of time to pack, don’t leave things until the last minute.

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