DIY Network

Proper Packing & Storage Techniques

This DIY Basic will provide tips on the proper packing & storage techniques.

More in Home Improvement

Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Buy Boxes and Begin Packing

If you're moving, or just making space, it's worth the investment to buy professional moving boxes. Consistent size makes stacking easier, and your back will thank you if you keep boxes 50 pounds or less.

Place heavier items on the bottom to prevent shifting. Pack by room to make unpacking more efficient, and create a "load last" box with the essentials you'll need moving in.

Use unprinted newsprint for dishes, since newspaper ink can transfer and stain. And seal all containers with tape to prevent messy spills.

Step 3: Wrap and Pack Pictures

Pictures and mirrors absorb pressure more easily on edge. Stack them together and wedge them between heavy objects that won't shift during the move. If you need additional protection for the corners, you can buy specialized cardboard protectors for this purpose.

Step 4: Pack Lamps

For lamps, remove shades and bulbs, and wrap separately. If possible, shades from lamps can be nested together. Place in a box and generously surround with newsprint. Secure the cord around the base and pack it in a box with at least a two inch cushion around the sides. Delicate lamps can be wrapped in bubble wrap before packing in a box.

Step 5: Pack Electronics

Whenever possible, try to pack delicate items such as collectibles and electronics in their original boxes. Electronics should be unplugged at least 24 hours before packing to allow them to reach room temperature, and you should wait 24 hours after moving before plugging them in. Clearly marking your connections and placing the wires in a bag packed with the components will help simplify the process of hooking everything back up again.

All About…

More Topics