Boxes and Packing Tips
Originally published by: Mr.Shifter Storage (London)
Uses of Small/Short Boxes
These boxes are ideal for boxing of books, files and our general heavy items. If you start looking at the most time consuming part of any packing service which is the packing, firstly look at the kitchen, if you start going through the cupboards and emptying any tins and jars into these small/short boxes.
Be sure that any glass jars will need to be wrapped and padded to ensure they are protected from knocking against other items in the box and this will stop them breaking whilst in transit.
Also ensure there is sufficient padding in the bottom of the box by using scrunched or rolled packing paper to create a soft base to pack on. Another goods use for the space of a small/short box is to pack and pad out with void fill is your smaller appliances, these can include toasters, kettles, coffee makers etc. and can avoid any over weighing issues from using a larger box.
Moving from the kitchen, items such as books, dvds, cds and LPs are also best packed into the small/short boxes, these can be stacked two high allowing our removals team to still lift the boxes comfortable and ensure they do not split whilst being carried. When tapping the seals on the boxes, ensure that all of the boxes that are packed are sealed with a minimum of two passes of tape across the seams.
Lastly, take a short tour around your home and ensure you account for any ornaments, statues etc. that would benefit from the padding and packing of a smaller boxes, if the statues, figurines are particular delicate, opt for using bubble wrap instead of packaging paper as a method to protect these.
“need to be wrapped and padded to ensure they are protected from knocking against other items in the box.”
Uses of Medium Boxes
The medium box is particular one of the most versatile boxes we provide to our customers, these can be used from anything from toys, lamps to pots and pans, and even your day to day clothes.
Working on the same process we began using the small boxes with, starting in the kitchen, by using scrunched up packaging paper to form a padded bases, we can begin to wrap and stack our general kitchen items such as plates, and saucers.
When you begin to stack the wrapped china and crockery, stack these vertically against the side of the boxes, this will allow the weight of the box to be distributed evenly, and will prevent the box from being over weighed, it can become far to easy to become carried away when packing medium boxes.
Moving on from the kitchen, depending on the size of some of your statues and ornaments, you can line the bottom of the box with scrunched packing paper and then pad your larger fragile goods with bubble wrap, this will allow good amount of padding for the fragile items, and also ensure the weight is distributed properly in the box.
Moving on in the house, your general day to day clothes, that you will often find in your chest of drawers, wardrobe shelving and in vanity units can be packed and stacked into these boxes, if you want to section off your goods from different drawers you can use a layer or two of the packaging paper to help remind you that they came out of different drawers. You can also use this method to help seperate and keep together your pairs of shoes
Lastly, if you have any small children, these boxes can be helpful to pack up their general toys of a different shapes and sizes. (As well as creating a fort for them out of the boxes).
As a general rule, if you think the box is to heavy then the lads will probably to. Clothes can also be put into large boxes, for items such as winter coats and jackets etc.
“stack these vertically against the side of the boxes.”
Our last set of boxes is the Large and Tall boxes, These are ideal for your larger linen, such as bedding, pillows and cushions from beds and sofas. You can also use other linens such as spare bedding, towels etc. The last items that are effectively packed into Tall boxes is your table and floor standing lamps. As much as they can go on to the removals truck as they are, they can also be unscrewed and boxed to reduce the quantity of loose items we have on the truck to reduce the risk and chance of damage.
When using packaging paper to wrap your glasses and plates, line the bottom of the box with scrunched packing paper to create a padded layer to protect your goods and minimize the overall weight.
When stacking the boxes, ensure plates, and chinaware are stacked vertically against the side of the box to ensure the weight is spread evenly. Additionally be sure to separate glass from china when packing, this will ensure the weight of the china will not cause damage to the glass whilst being stacked in the box and loaded. A medium box can usually hold two layers of glassware, be sure to separate each layer of the fragile goods with a layer of scrunched packaging paper, and an additional layer at the top of the box to protect all sides effectively. When you wrap the glasses try not to wrap too tight just crumple around the glass and use two to three bits of the paper.
“Additionally be sure to separate glass from china when packing,”
Uses of Additional Packing Materials
In addition to packaging paper, we have a variety of other protective materials ideal for the packing and transport of your household goods.
Bubble wrap, the use of bubble wrap is best set aside for the protection of large and delicate items, such as mirrors and pictures to start off with. The best way to have your mirrors and pictures protected in transit is to ensure they are sufficiently wrapped with Bubble wrap. We recommend measuring out twice the length of bubble wrap to what you are protecting.
If you are wrapping a 1 metre picture, ensure you have 2 metres of bubble wrap, fold the bubble wrap over so the bubbled side is on the inside of the sheets, then fold this around the front side of the pictures, this will ensure the most fragile part of the pictures is protected from knocks and bumps whilst in transit.
Once the picture or mirror is wrapped ensure the bubble wrap is taped around it to keep it secure. Once the removals team arrive to load your pictures and mirrors they will ensure these are either tied off to the side of the removals truck or laid flat and secure in transit to ensure nothing falls onto the goods.
Another good use of bubble wrap is to cover and surround large fragile ornaments and statues, this is achieved by lining a medium box with scrunched packaging paper to provided and padded surface to rest your fragile goods on. Once you have started wrapping the goods in bubble wrap, ensure that any narrower sections of the goods are taped in place to ensure the wrap does not loosen in transit. position roughly 3-4 objects in the medium box that require the bubble wrap to ensure the box is not over weighed. This will ensure that the goods do not move around and damage each other whilst in the box.