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  • Start packing in an area of your home that is not often used – an attic, basement or garage is a great place to start. Set up a folding table to hold the box you are packing at a comfortable height.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of the box; more delicate items should be packed closer to the top.
  • Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds. If you can't easily lift the box, it's too heavy!
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box whenever possible.
  • Wrap fragile items separately before placing them in a box with other wrapped items.
  • Liberally use a cushioning material like bubble wrap, packing paper or pellets to fill in open spaces between items to minimize breakage. You can recycle these items once you've unpacked.
  • Always line the bottom of the box with additional cushioning and add a layer to the top before sealing the box.
  • Secure all seams with 2" box tape. Masking tape or duct tape is not recommended. For heavier boxes, wrap tape around the box twice for added support.
  • Label all of your boxes with the contents and the room it belongs in. Mark the top and one side of the box so the contents are quickly identifiable. Clearly label which boxes should be unpacked first. Use a permanent marker in a dark color.
  • Boxes containing delicate and breakable items should also be labeled with fragile stickers – place one on top and two on the sides.
  • Apply labels to an inconspicuous area (the back or bottom) of furniture and accessories to avoid marring surfaces.
  • Color-coding the different areas of your home with a label system like our Tag-a-Room™ Labels will help save time when sorting boxes at your new home.

 
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