As with most things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to pack a moving box. Of course, how you pack depends on what you’re packing. For example, you pack books differently than you pack glassware: Books are packed flat rather than on edge so that the spines aren’t damaged. Glassware and other breakables, called fragiles, are packed with material to cushion them.
Fragiles are glassware and other breakables. You protect fragiles by packing them with cushioning material.
Remember that it’s easier to move more lightweight boxes than fewer heavy boxes—especially up or down stairs.
If you have many books to move, research alternative ways of shipping them, such as book rate through the post office.
Here’s how to pack fragiles:
1. Place a layer of packing material, such as packing peanuts or a towel, in the bottom of the box.
2. Wrap the heaviest items in paper, linen, or bubble wrap and place them in the bottom of the box.
3. Wrap lighter items with paper, linen, or bubble wrap and place them in the box, separated from the heavier items with more packing material.
4. Fill any empty space in the box with peanuts, paper, or other packing material to keep contents from shifting and to keep box firm.
5. Use strong packing tape to close and seal the box. Mark on two sides of the box the room the box is to go into when the boxes are unloaded.
Remember not to underpack or overpack boxes. An underpacked box can be crushed in the move, damaging its contents. An overpacked box can burst and allow contents to be damaged.