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    Out of all the moving chores, packing has to be the most notorious one. It’s tedious, it’s time-consuming and nobody likes doing it. Now add to that the need to pack fragile items. As they are prone to damage, they need to be secured in the best possible way. This can only add to anxiety build-up. And it can turn the whole process into a waking nightmare. Unfortunately, it still remains an essential part of the relocation. However, you can easily overcome this nuisance. All it takes is a bit of practice and the help of this guide our moving companies in North Carolina so insightfully drafted for your convenience.

    Before you start packing, you will need some basic tools

    “Preparation is the key to success” – Alexander Graham Bell

    This guy knew what he was talking about. And we are inclined to believe him. He did invent the telephone, after all. But we digress.

    A woman using hand-held tape dispenser trying to pack fragile items
    Having additional tools to pack fragile items isn’t necessary, but it can save you a lot of time.

    To properly pack fragile items, you will need proper tools. They will make your job so much faster and easier. And the list isn’t that extensive. So let’s focus on the bare essentials first:

    • The first thing you’ll need is a pair of scissors or a box cutter/x-acto knife. Preferably both. You will be doing a lot of cutting. Therefore make sure both are within reach at all times.
    • Next is a permanent thick-tipped marker. Once you’re done packing, you will need to label the boxes properly.

    These are the essential tools you will need to execute the whole project. However, you can make your life even easier. You just need to add these two tools to the list:

    • Hand-held tape dispenser (tape gun) – This thing is such an amazing time saver. And it’s extremely easy to use.
    • Measuring tape – It’s not essential, but it will make finding the right size box for your breakables much easier. Therefore – another way to save time.

    Of course, if you decided to use a full-service moving option that we provide, you won’t have to worry about any of these. Our professional packers will make sure that everything is safe and secure.

    Tools are the first half of preparation

    Next, you will need to procure some packing supplies. And since you’re packing fragile items, you should opt only for the quality packing supplies. Used ones can be a tempting option. They are a great way to save some money. But guess they are also a great risk for the safety of your items. Simply because they don’t provide enough structural integrity to withstand stacking. So go for the best, and ignore the rest. That being said, let us continue on to the list:

    • Boxes – There’s a high probability you’ll need boxes of different sizes. This depends on the size and quantity of your breakables, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Also, be mindful that you will have to fit padding inside too. So picking a bit larger box is always a good thing. Extra 2″ on all sides is preferable.
    • Packing tape – Making sure everything is secure and held in place is a priority. Therefore, quality packing tape is a must.
    • Bubble wrap – The bread and butter of padding. Pick up enough of it, especially if you have kids.
    • Kraft paper – Often referred to simply as “brown paper”. It’s ideal for packing breakable items because of it’s high durability.
    • Packing peanuts – You can do without them, but they are great for padding.

    Pro tip: Make a checklist before you start packing. It will go a long way when you’re buying supplies.

    You’re all set!

    Once you have all the tools and supplies, you can proceed with packing. And we’ll do it in just a few easy steps. Just make sure to organize properly, so you can finish everything before your local movers come knocking on the door.

    Make sure you have enough space

    A large kitchen table provides an ideal packing surface. However, if that’s not an option, the floor will do just fine. Just spread a blanket or two and you’re good to go.

    Man using tape dispenser on the box
    Just like that! A few more layers and the box will be perfectly secure.

    Prepare the moving box

    Firstly, when you have to pack fragile items, use packing tape to secure the bottom of the box. Tape all the edges, so there are no openings. Next, you need to add cushioning to the bottom. For this, you can use packing peanuts, a few sheets of bubble wrap, or some loosely crumpled brown paper. Don’t overdo it though. You still need to fit your belongings in there.

    Wrap your breakables

    Use several sheets of kraft paper to wrap your breakables. 2 or 3 sheets is usually enough. You can also use bubble-wrap. In this case, also wrap it 2 or 3 times. Secure kraft paper or bubble-wrap in place with packing tape. Just be mindful not to get the tape onto the item.

    Pro tip: Don’t use old newspapers for wrapping. This is one of the most common packing mistakes. Ink can transfer to your belongings and ruin them. However, you can use newspapers to add an additional layer of padding. But only when your breakables are safely wrapped.

    Place breakables in the box and secure them in place

    Carefully place the items in the box and add padding all around them. Again, for padding, you can use packing peanuts, crumpled brown paper, or bubble wrap. The important thing here is not to leave any wiggle room. Test it out by shaking the box a bit. If items inside are still moving, add more padding on all sides. Repeat the process until nothing is moving inside.

    Once you’re satisfied, fill the remainder of the box with padding. Seal the top of the box with packing tape, same as you did the bottom.

    Pro tip: Do not throw away excess cardboard. You can use it to make partitions or separators for your boxes if they are not included. And separators add an additional layer of security when you’re packing differently shaped items in the same box.

    word fragile written on the box
    Excellent job! Now your boxes are ready for loading.

    Label the box

    Use the thick-tipped marker and write “Fragile” on top of the box and on at least two sides. This is so that your residential movers Greensboro, NC based or yourself know how to properly load them onto the moving truck. And it will make unpacking so much easier.

    Practice makes perfect

    The whole process might go slow at first. You will be extremely careful and pay attention to every detail. However, after a box or two, you will pack fragile items with ease. Just use your intuition and you’ll finish the job in no time.

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