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Moving and Relocating Soon? Tips To Pack Up Your Home and Office and Move! Part 1 of 2


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Want to pack your home or office space in the shortest possible time? Moving, whether it's your home or office is no small task. But it can be done with less hassle and time, if you'll understand and follow some basic tips to ease the process.

Understanding which Moving Supplies You'll Need to Make Your Move Efficient!

Moving supplies are inherent to the moving process. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional mover, moving cannot take place without the use of moving supplies. Packing supplies and moving boxes are obviously designed specifically for moving, and are designed to protect and cushion your household goods from becoming damaged. And at the same time, when you have the right moving supplies for the task at hand, they will make packing and unpacking a breeze.

What are they? Moving supplies are items that makes sure that you're moving is not only safe but also fast. Some of the essential moving supplies include wardrobe boxes, small boxes, packing tape, packaging peanuts, furniture cushions or pads, and bubble wrap cushioning. There are of course variations of these items, such as boxes specifically designed to pack books, kitchen dish boxes, as well as professional file boxes that will hold legal and letter files and will help to keep you organized.

The Life and Times of the Moving Box!

Cardboard boxes are industrially prefabricated, and can be made to be very strong. Cardboard boxes are very simple products, but their creation is a comprehensive series of processes. They are used for a number of products and have multiple uses such as the transferring of produce to market, packaging commercial goods, storing goods and materials, and of course moving. Moving boxes are made from corrugated fiberboard. Boxes are of course designed to stack your important items one on top of the other until the box is full. In fact, a general rule is that the box should always be full before you seal it - otherwise you risk your items breaking due to the “slop" left over. Moving boxes are available in size ranging from small to extra large with specialty boxes being a bit heavier and or shaped in ways that better fit the proposed items.

There are tests that box manufacturers use to manufacture their boxes: This test is known as 32 ECT (Edge Crushed Test) which is more commonly known as 200lb test. This test meets all acceptable industry standards and is in accordance of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper (Item 222/Rule 41). These ratings are standard from the box industry, and help insure that your household belongings will arrive safely. Weaker boxes will crush under load. No moving, truck rental or self storage company should sell a moving box weaker than 32 ECT (200lb test).

Specialty Boxes

The three most common specialty boxes are wardrobe boxes dish pak boxes and small book boxes.

Wardrobe boxes are temporary closets. And among other features, they allow you to not waste time in having to iron your clothes once you reach your destination.

  • Wardrobe boxes are larger than most our moving boxes. Wardrobe boxes are ordinarily used by both consumers - self movers and moving companies to pack clothing. They are superb for the storage of hanging garments such as for transporting suits and dresses.
  • Their depth allows you to store clothes on hangers.
  • Wardrobe Boxes are also excellent for packing comforters, pillows, and blankets!
  • Shoes, bags, and other such loose items may be placed in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes.
  • Wardrobe boxes are obvious solutions, but there are definitely cheaper routes, especially if you are only going across town.
  • A simple method if you choose to not buy wardrobe boxes, is to tie sections of ten or so clothes hangers together to create bunches of clothes that can then be lowered into trash bags.

Dish pack boxes are made with several layers of cardboard and are quite strong, which is critical due to the weight of dishes. They are designed for dishes, fine china and other fragile items and for packing small plants. They have adjustable compartments that work well for holding a few smaller plants. Put a plastic bag in bottom of box if bottoms of pots are moist.

Book Boxes, like dish pack boxes are made with several layers, due to the weight of books. When you pack books, it is very important to use small boxes - ideally heavy duty boxes designed for books, because the boxes will be very dense, and hard to carry even if they are small, but unreasonably heavy to carry and ship if you use larger boxes.

When it comes time to placing labels on your boxes. . . Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular. Label boxes of files with specific file names and dates. Arrange the boxes so that the labels are all facing outward. For efficiency sake, you cannot over-label a box. Don't be too general, you'll be glad once you arrive.

In part 2 of this article, we'll continue the discussion on making your move as efficient and hassle free as possible. We'll discuss additional moving supplies and tools to aid you in that process.

About the Author: Kirby Williams is a webmaster and frequent contributor to the web's premier discount box and moving supplies site at PackUpTheHouse is a portal for all your moving supplies and truck rental needs. When you are planning a move, be it from your homes or business, you'll find just the right Moving Boxes , shipping companies, rental trucks, supplies to get organized, and of course bubble wrap, packing tape and Moving Supplies .


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