Packing for Your Move - The Basics


Packing for Your Move in Little Rock - The Basics

Packing and purging go together--while you're purging, you should be packing, too. If you're overseeing your move yourself, you're in charge of accumulating all the packing supplies you need. Your local big-box store, self-storage company or the mover you have employed are all great resources for your equipment. If you purchase from your mover, ask if they will take back any unopened or unused boxes, tape, bubble wrap, or paper.

Here's a checklist to get you started:

Small boxes for books, heavy items, toys, appliances, fragile items

Medium boxes for the kitchen, accessories, lampshades, linens, shoes and boots

Large boxes for lamps, window treatments, pillows--items that are bulky but lightweight

Packing tape and tape guns

Newsprint, bubble wrap, packing peanuts or your shredded paper

Markers and labels

Small tools--screwdrivers, hammer, box cutter, scissors

Camera or smartphone

For a more extensive list of tools to make your move easier, click here.

Getting Started

Last utilized, last boxed is the rule of thumb for the boxing process—generally speaking, the coffeepot and microwave are the last things to be put in boxes. Since you're boxing in unison as you purge, begin with the low-hanging fruit in chests and cabinets; you can knock out a couple of those in an hour. When you have gathered enough for a donate or dump run, don't leave home until your packed boxes are taped and labelled. You could utilize specific color-coded labels (blue for the kitchen, green for the master, etc.) or use masking tape with a heavy black marker; just be sure you label every side of the box and note if it's require special handling. A couple of moments spent listing the contents are worth their weight in gold later when you cannot lay hands on your shoes in all the boxes marked "master closet".


Purging helps you get organized, and so does cleaning out the closets, attic, and garage early in the process. You'll have to fine a storage area for all your packed boxes, and the garage is the preferred place as it's going to be nearby to the moving truck. Alas, the garage must be clutter-free for this to work, so get to work on the garage project early on—carve out at least a Saturday and Sunday for the garage purge. Once you have got the space cleared, sort your boxes so that the movers can get to them with no problem on moving day; they will load the truck so that the weight is correctly distributed and so that the first items that need to come off are the last put on.

If you're the type of person who saves original packaging, you may now pat yourself on the back. Electronics are fragile and if you have the original wrap, you can re-use that. If not, put everything connected to the device in a box--power cords, modems, power strips, instructional CDS--and label it all. Take photos of the cords before you pack them in case something gets misplaced.


It's staggering how many things you use every day are pretty fragile. Dishware, glasses, light bulbs, lamps--all need a little special handling when you're packing them. Wrap dishes and glasses in paper, and place the plates in the box on end like records. A layer of bubble wrap protects them even more, and stuff the empty spaces with some sort of shredded paper or packing peanuts. Do not pack too much in the the boxes of delicate, and don't use large boxes for breakable items. Boxes from the liquor store work wonderfully for fragile things; they come in different sizes and may not have tops, so with a box cutter and tape you can customize boxes.

Don't just toss your lamps into boxes, remove the shade and harp and remove the bulb. The bases can be placed in a large box with the harp taped to the base, the shades can nest in a separate box, and the bulbs need to be packed separately (an ornament box is great for this) and marked fragile.

In our next post, we will delve into packing dos and don'ts.