Packing Tips for A Happy Outcome


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Packing your items safely ensures your valuables are in perfect shape when you bring them into your new home. Please review our packing tips below as you prepare to move to your new home or bring items into storage. If you have any questions, please contact us or call your Clancy moving coordinator directly.

  • Wrap each item individually.
  • Label Each box according to the room you want it in at destination
  • Place a two or three inch layer of crushed paper on the bottom of the box or carton for extra cushioning.
  • Pack in layers with the heavier items on the bottom of the box.
  • Cover all sharp points, edges and rims to prevent them from puncturing through the boxes.
  • Avoid overloading boxes but look to pack each box firmly.
  • Carefully inspect any items that have been stored outside before packing them. Pests, such as Gypsy Moths are a serious threat in the Northeast. Please click here for a PDF on how not to move with Gypsy Moths distributed by the US Department of Agriculture. For more detailed information, please visit the USDA’s:
  • For your moving day checklist of what should be taken with you, please click here.

Packing Supplies

  • Sturdy Boxes or bins that can be stacked – watch out for bins with cracks or boxes that have been damaged. Damaged boxes or bins can lead to crushed items.
  • Tissue paper, bubble wrap, paper towels – if using recycled packing materials, make sure they are clean.
  • Newspapers – WARNING: Only use newspapers after the items have been wrapped with plain paper, bubble or tissue wrap. Newsprint will permanently stain many items including fine china.
  • Notebook to catalog each box and its contents as you pack.
  • Thick black permanent marker
  • Rolls of Packing Tape – to seal boxes shut. Be sure to seal the bottoms of cardboard boxes well.
  • Plastic Baggies – (like Ziploc) to help pack small items like screws, equipment cords, cables, keys to file cabinets or curtain hardware parts.

What to Pack First

Start by packing out of season clothing and toys. When you start packing it is also a good idea to look at this as an opportunity to lighten the load. Clothing you will never wear again can be donated to charity and in many cases, can even be a tax deduction!

Pots and pans that are rarely used can sometimes make good places to put carefully wrapped smaller decorative kitchen items. Use tissue or kitchen towels as cushioning.

Pack your excess towels, spare drapes, extra bed linens and small decorations.

Tool chests and work benches should have all items organized and secured. BBQ’s(NO Propane Tanks), bicycles, and other large items should be fully collapsed.


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