The following is a list of common packing mistakes that can be problematic and costly. Some of these are common sense related, but others aren’t as obvious. In any case, they are all avoidable and easily fixable. Make sure that you avoid these errors when packing your moving boxes.
- Packing your boxes too lightly (air at the top of the box) or too heavily (bulging out the top or crowned) are both bad ideas. If you pack your boxes half full then you risk the box caving in and crushing when other items are stacked on top. If you pack your boxes too heavily and the top is crowned, you can’t stack on top of them very well and you risk damage to the item sticking up out of the box.
- Mixing rooms or types of items in your boxes should be avoided (kitchen with office, etc). If you want a much more time consuming, cumbersome unpack, then go ahead and pack like this, otherwise keep the boxes packed (and well marked) by the room the contents come from. Even if you have to fill out the box with wadded up newsprint, or a beach towel, etc as filler, it’s more organized and will save you time in the long run. You can also take a knife and cut along the 4 corners of the box, folding them over and making a shorter box.
- Mixing heavy items with fragile items should be avoided. Common sense should steer most people away from this behavior, but pots and pans don’t go with unwrapped wine glasses and irons don’t go with lamp shades, etc.
- Plates should not be packed flat, and glasses, wine glasses, etc should not be packed on their sides. This is one of the biggest packing faux pas and the most costly. Plates stacked on top of each other flat put way too much weight on the bottom plates. Pack plates standing up and they travel much better. Glasses and wine glasses on their side are much more fragile. Wrap them individually and stand them up like they’d sit on a table.
- Avoid packing fragile items in soft sided rubber tubs. Since the tubs are pliable, items loaded next to them or that bump into them can damage their contents. Heavy tubs stacked on top of each other also have a greater chance of crushing.
- Do not pack artwork stacked flat. Just like plates, the bottom picture(s) will be damaged so always wrap artwork pictures, mirrors, etc and ship them upright.
Now these aren’t the only packing no-no’s, but they are repeated quite often. Do yourself a favor and don’t perform these common packing mistakes. It will make your pack and move easier and less costly in the end.