Proper packing

Packing up boxes before the actual move is no special art. With suitable resources and the proper system you, too, can learn how to pack like a professional.

Resources

Everything depends on the proper packing materials. Get an adequate number of cardboard boxes or reusable boxes in good time. You can find cartons from removal experts suitable for all household goods such as clothing and books.

In addition, you need sufficient bubble wrap, wrapping tissue, wide adhesive tape (4 - 5 cm wide) and good pens for marking the boxes. Plastic bags for transporting clothing or bed linens are also useful.

Systematic packing

Do your packing in a systematic way - heavy things in the bottom, lighter things on top of them. Mark or number all the packing boxes. Doing so makes it easier to sort them and get things in order.

Dishware and glasses

Every single glass item must be rolled up in wrapping tissue and then placed into a carton upside down within a glassware cell-divider unit. Plates should be placed into the box on their edges. Deep bowls are packed individually and placed inside of each other by size. Cups are likewise rolled up in wrapping tissue and placed into cartons.

Books and CDs

Books and CDs should be placed in the packing boxes on their edges. It's advisable to wrap up especially valuable books to avoid damage. Don't pack too much in one box because that puts all the contents in danger.

Mirrors and pictures

When packing mirrors and pictures, you should first wrap them in bubble wrap, secure the wrapping with packing tape and, depending on their size, place them in boxes with corner protectors. It's recommended to have experts pack objects of art and individual pieces such as pictures, oil paintings, large vases plus expensive china and porcelain.

Clothing

Clothing and draperies are best placed in large clothing boxes. You might also consider portable wardrobe boxes in which articles of clothing can be hung on hangers.

Small items

Special wrenches along with bolts and screws needed to assemble furniture should be transported in plastic bags which are taped onto the corresponding item. If this isn't possible, you should be sure to mark the bag containing small items. Freezer bags are very well suited for this purpose because they cost little, can be sealed shut and are easy to mark.