If you’re getting ready to pack up your belongings for a move, it’s important to take the time to pack your boxes carefully and store them properly.
When it comes to packing items in cardboard boxes, the usual approach is to assemble the box, load it up with your belongings, and tape it shut. After that, it’s just a matter of crossing your fingers and hoping that the box can handle the weight of whatever you’ve packed inside. Simply dumping your stuff in a box and moving on won’t cut it!
But is this the best way to pack your items for a move or storage? There may be some other approaches that can help you better protect your possessions during transit.
Let’s go over a few other tips that will show you how to pack your boxes for long-term storage or to ensure they stay safe and secure during the moving process.
Collect All Necessary Packing Materials
Investing in actual packing boxes for moving is the way to go because they are specifically designed to move and store fragile items. Used and old boxes, especially cardboard ones, run the risk of collapsing and can even be contaminated with pests and germs.
The other items you want to have on hand before you start to pack are labels, ties, as well as packing paper, peanuts, or bubble wrap. Blue Bins offers labels and easy to use ties to secure the tops of the plastic moving boxes, as well as bubble wrap that is delivered with your moving supplies.
You also won’t need any tape when renting from Blue Bins because our bins are designed to offer quick and easy closure.
Sort Everything by Category
To begin packing boxes for moving, focus on one small area of a room at a time. Prior to placing any items in your first moving box, gather similar-sized and weighted belongings together. For instance, if you are packing your bedroom, group all of your favourite small knick-knacks. While you pack, use brightly coloured tissue paper to wrap the small items to ensure nothing gets thrown out by accident.
Fill Up Each Box
When packing non-fragile items, aim to use all available space without overloading the box. If a box is not filled completely, it may collapse when stacked with other boxes. To prevent this, add extra packing paper if necessary, to make sure each box is tightly packed before sealing it.
For fragile items, it’s important to have at least two inches of packing material on all sides of the box to provide sufficient cushioning. Additionally, keep in mind that boxes should not weigh more than 30 pounds, so use small or medium-sized boxes for heavy items such as books, and large boxes for lighter items like comforters.
Wrap Up Your Fragile Items
It’s important to take the time to properly wrap your breakable items to ensure they arrive intact. Overpacking fragile items such as dishes is better than underpacking them. When packing dishes and plates, position them on their side in boxes, rather than laying them flat. If you need to stack cups and bowls, make sure to insert paper or padding in between each item to prevent them from touching and potentially breaking.
For extra protection of your breakable items, consider using dividers within your moving boxes. These dividers provide superior protection for glasses and stemware and are available in various sizes. To further safeguard your items, wrap them individually with packing paper or bubble wrap, and then place them in the dividers. This will help prevent them from bumping against each other and potentially breaking during the move.
Label Your Boxes
If you’re using Blue Bins for your move, you won’t need to seal each box with packing tape once you’re finished packing your boxes for moving, as our bins have a top that automatically comes into alignment. To finish up, be sure to clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in using the labels provided by Blue Bins. Labelling your boxes not only helps you stay organized, but it also makes the moving process more efficient for your movers.
Blue Bins Can Provide You With Packing Boxes for Moving
When you pack a Blue Bins moving box, you can be sure that it is going to hold up under the weight of your items without buckling. The bottom of the bin is reinforced, making it very reliable. While you should never overpack, there is no need to under-pack, either.
After you have finished packing your Blue Bins moving boxes, you can stack them neatly in a corner of the room without worrying about them tipping over. Blue Bins are designed to stack together perfectly, providing a secure and stable arrangement. Moreover, they work seamlessly with our Blue Bins dolly, making it effortless to move your belongings from one location to another.
Contact us today to get a free quote for packing boxes.