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Packing Tips

     In the spirit of saving money, many homeowners opt into packing their own boxes for their moving project.  This task can be daunting to many homeowners, but with these tips, and with an approach strategy, packing your home can be made much easier.  Outlined in these tips, you will learn how to pack each size box, properly, as to keep your valuables as safe as possible.  As you are reading through this, think of the items that you have in your home, and keep it with you, as your packing guide.  Also, remember that if you get to the point where you need any direction in packing something, or simply you want to let O’Neill Transport Moving and Storage’s Professionals finish your packing, just give us a call!  With our professional packing services, not only will the stress of packing be taken off of your list of things to do before your move, but also, you will also be able to ensure that your goods are the most protected!


     Your next step as a homeowner is to figure out where you are getting your boxes.  Many people chose to reuse boxes that can be acquired from your local grocery store or some other store of the same manner.  This is the biggest mistake that people make while packing, because these boxes are not meant for household goods.  Using these boxes means more time will be spent packing, and more boxes will be used.  The best option to purchase actual moving boxes, which can also be purchased from O’Neill Transport Moving and Storage!


      Now that you have your boxes, it is time to figure out what to use to protect the items in the boxes.  The second biggest misconception is that using bubble wrap is the best way to pack goods, or wrapping goods in towels, but however there is a cheaper and safer way to pack your fragile items.  Many stores sell what is called “unprinted newsprint.” This paper is the best to use for your goods because it does not have the chemical preservatives on it that printed newsprint has had applied to it. 

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How To Properly Pack Each Size Box

  • Small Boxes

    • Referred to in the moving industry as “1.5 cubes” or Book Cartons.

    • Use these boxes for small heavy items

    • Books, paperwork, thick glass pieces, stones or stoneware

    • Stack the books or paper on their sides, fit the box as tight as you can

    • Wrap thick glass pieces or fragile heavy items in paper, with paper cushioning around them in the box.

    • Again, any left over space pack in with the paper so that the box is a solid unit

  • Medium Boxes

    • Referred to in the moving industry as “3 cubes”

    • Versatile box, use in your kitchen for spices or dry foods, or even to blankets in your bedrooms

    • Remember not to pack it full of heavy items, so that the boxes do not fall apart when picked up

    • If packing fragile items, refer to the dish pack section and apply those packing strategies in this smaller box.

  • Large Boxes

    • Referred to as “4.5’s” by movers

    • Pack large light items in these boxes, lampshades, lamps, large bedding, Tupperware, other miscellaneous items. 

    • These boxes are great for pictures, pack the pictures much like you would dishes in a dish pack

  • Dish Packs

    • This thicker box is the best box to use for your fragile dishes and other super fragile items

    • Start packing this box by putting a layer of crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box, until a 2-3 inch layer is on the whole bottom of the box

    • Next, wrap plates individually and stack them on their sides, like you would in a drain board, and fill the bottom of the box with plates or large bowls

    • After one layer is complete with dishes, put another layer of packing paper

    • Continue this to the top of the box, make sure to leave enough room for one last layer of packing paper

    • Cups and stemware go at the top of the box, individually wrapped, upside down

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