Start packing your bedrooms by tackling less-used guest rooms first. Children
can help by setting aside the toys and books they want to take with them and
packing the rest in boxes. Colorful stickers on the outside of boxes let
children know their personal belongings are clearly marked, and allow them to
identify their things when the moving van is unloaded.
Hanging clothing from closets can be left on hangars and
placed in wardrobe cartons. You may want to consider purchasing
several of these special cartons from your moving company.
One will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers;
figure more cartons if wrinkles are a concern.
- If wardrobe cartons are not used, each garment should be removed from its
hangar, folded and placed in a suitcase or a carton lined with clean paper.
- It is recommended that you take your furs with you rather than having them
moved on the van, as irreparable damage can occur due to heat or humidity.
Footwear may be left in shoe boxes and placed in large cartons,
or wrapped individually and then in pairs. Footwear should be
cushioned to avoid damage to heels or ornaments.
Do not pack heavy items on top of shoes.
Select an item and pack it right!
Hats may be left in hatboxes and placed in large cartons, or stuff the crown of
each hat with crumpled tissue paper, wrap tissue loosely around the outside and
place in a carton lined with clean paper, with the heavier hats at the bottom.
Don't pack anything else with hats. Label the carton "FRAGILE."
Valuables such as fine jewelry should be removed from drawers and never packed
with your household goods. They will be most secure if they remain in your
possession. If you don't feel comfortable or don't have the means to take your
fine jewelry or other valuable collectibles with you (like stamp or coin
collections), consider hiring a third-party armored vehicle service.
Dispose of aerosol spray cans, such as hairspray or deodorant, or take them with
you. Other bottles should be carefully taped shut and wrapped to prevent leakage,
then packed in small cartons.
See our list of Items That Cannot Be Shipped.
Bedding, Linens & Towels
Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases and other linens may be
protected by a large plastic bag and packed in a carton that has been lined
with clean paper.
- Wrap you most prized possessions in tissue. Also, linens and bedding are good
for cushioning or padding many other items.
- If you decide to wash your linens before you pack them, make sure they are
thoroughly dried first.
Mattresses & Pillows
Mattresses should be placed in mattress cartons for added strength and cleanliness.
Pillows may be placed in bureau drawers or packed in cartons. They also make good
padding for other items.
If you can dismantle any bed frames beforehand, it will be one less thing to worry
about on moving day.
Glass mirrors should be packed in special mirror cartons. However, if they are
especially heavy, crating is recommended.
Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise,
place over a padded hangar, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe. Draperies and
curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.
- You may want to consider having your area rugs professionally cleaned before
your move - you'll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for
- Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so the furniture coming
off the truck can go right on top of the rug.