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Packing Tips

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  • label each box with the room it belongs to and its contents
  • use strong, clean containers and twine or packing tape
  • try not to exceed 50 pounds in each packed container
  • place heavier items on bottom and lighter items on top
  • have a master inventory list of all boxes and contents, by room


  • small box (1.5 cu. ft.) for heavy, small, and fragile items
  • medium box (3.1 cu. ft.) for kitchen appliances, toys, and clothes
  • large box (4.5 cu. ft.) for large light items (pillows, towels, etc.)


  • use clean paper, bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts for padding
  • use plenty of padding to cushion contents (recycle after move)
  • fragile items should be packed with extra care
  • store fragile items in their own compartmentalized boxes
  • pack containers tightly to avoid shifting


  • pack a safe or fireproof box with important records
  • include birth and marriage certificates
  • include medical, school, and pet records
  • include passports
  • include credit card and banking records and tax returns


  • protect finished surfaces with paper to avoid mars and scratches
  • don't overload chests and dressers with clothing and linen items
  • overloading could cause furniture joints to separate and collapse
  • do not wrap lamp shades in newspaper (the ink can stain them)
  • wrap lamp shades in sheets or towels
  • let movers pack mirrors, furniture and pictures to prevent breakage


  • drain all fluids from power and yard tools so they won't leak
  • dispose of volatile chemicals (oil, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.)
  • make certain all liquids and foodstuffs are in sealed containers
  • leave the refrigerator door open to decrease humidity
  • a piece of coal or layer of baking soda prevents mildew and must
  • wrap electric items individually before packing and cushion well
  • make an extra "final check" sweep
  • any items left behind become the property of the new owner


  • 15 small boxes
  • 15 medium boxes
  • 3 large boxes
  • 2 dish packs
  • 1 bundle of newsprint
  • 1-2 rolls of packing tape


  • 20 small boxes
  • 20 medium boxes
  • 5 large boxes
  • 2 mirror cartons
  • 4 dish packs
  • 1 bundle of newsprint
  • 1 package of paper pads
  • 3-4 rolls of packing tape


  • 25 small boxes
  • 25 medium boxes
  • 7 large boxes
  • 4 mirror cartons
  • 6 dish packs
  • 2 bundle of newsprint
  • 2 package of paper pads
  • 4-6 rolls of packing tape


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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