Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If this isn’t possible, pack them into boxes that are about the right size making sure that you pack gaps with padding. Never use packing peanuts with computers or other items sensitive to static electricity.
Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines. Use only small “Book boxes” to pack books. Don’t pack too many books into a box. They are very heavy. Alternate books so that it goes pages/spine/pages/spine as you look into the box as most hardback books are slightly wider at the binding and they may get damaged if you put them all the same way around. Consider boxing them in a sensible sequence for refilling your shelves (e.g. by type/size and alphabetical).
Do not be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books as they’ll quickly become impossible to carry without hurting someone.
All fragile or delicate items should be wrapped individually in paper, bubble wrap or foam wrap for added protection. Paper will do but bubble wrap is a good investment.
It’s important to properly cushion the contents of each box. Fragile articles need to avoid touching other items. Also be sure to leave some padding between the side of the box and the fragile item. Proper cushioning material, combined with a strong outer box, will help protect the contents.
Most damage to dishes is due to improper packing. Use more padding than you think is necessary. Many dishes will fit nicely in foam sleeves designed specifically to protect the dish during transit and storage. Bubble wrap or clean newsprint can also be used. Never allow a glass item to touch another glass item.
Consider purchasing special dish boxes and kits to protect your fine china. Never place a heavy item on top of more delicate glass items.
Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection. Remove shade, bulb and harp assembly. Wrap the bulb in bubble wrap. Wrap and securely box all parts of the lamp. The Lampshade should be alone in a box that is very close in size to the shade as possible. Do not add other items to the box to prevent damage to the shade.
Mirrors & Pictures
For the best protection, framed pictures and mirrors can be stored in specially made cardboard boxes. If you aren’t boxing them be sure to wrap them in a protective covering such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as ‘Fragile’
If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas it might be a good idea to invest in covers, bags or sheeting to give them some additional protection.