Packing Tips

If you’re among thousands of people who have picked up and moved their family to a new home or a new community, you have fresh memories of some of the ups and downs or thrills or frustrations of moving. There are lots of ways to help make your household move easier and smoother. Read here for help to get your life and your possessions, organised for a peaceful and exciting move.

You’ll probably use medium carton boxes for the majority of your household items:

  • Books
  • Tools
  • Heavy kitchen items
  • Special collectables
  • Videos
  • CD collections
  • Non-perishable food cans and jars
  • Pots & pans
  • Small appliances
  • Office supplies
  • Pantry items
  • Bathroom items
  • Electronics

Large carton boxes are perfect for:

  • Toys
  • Linens
  • Lamp shades
  • Clothes
  • Larger, light-weight items
  • Lamps
  • Pillows
  • Cushions
  • Comforters
  • Blankets
  • Curtains
  • Large Christmas Decorations

We also have wardrobe boxes, in both short and long lengths, so all you have to do is transfer your hanging clothes from your closest straight onto the sturdy rod inside the box, hanger and all. Fill up the bottoms of these boxes with your shoes, handbags and belts, being careful to keep the box to a manageable weight.

File Moving Boxes

Our professional file boxes will hold legal and letter files and keep you organised. Each file box comes with an attached lid and requires no tape – simply fold and lock the tabs in place.

Packing Tape

The roll bundle is enough to seal about 100 medium boxes and it is very strong and durable.

Mattress Cover

Great Protection from dust, dirt and stains for any size mattress and other large items and it is vented to prevent ballooning.

Bubble Wrap


Make a list:

Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list.

Have plenty of supplies:

You’ll need LOTS of boxes – probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from us, you can always return unused boxes for a refund). Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. Again, you’ll need lot more supplies than you think therefore, get some extra in advance so the packing can go smoothly without any complications. After everything is packed, just simply return any unused supplies.

Utilise wardrobe boxes:

These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as pillows, blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, etc.

Strategies for wardrobe box use:

As a professional moving company we will be happy to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day. We can pack all your belonging for you but if you decide to pack yourself, then please pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You’ll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together.

Colour coordinate:

Designate a colour for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colour stickers on the box near the box number. It’s also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, (“Boxes here please”) to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.

Keep things together:

Insist on keeping things together when you or we are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes – to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit. Keep larger corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in bags. As a backup, have a “Parts Box” open on the kitchen counter and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, or nails that are removed from any items of furniture. Keep this box with you, or mark it well with a rainbow of colour stickers so it can be easily located on move-in day.

Pack ahead:

Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. If it’s summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. You don’t really need radios or TV’s around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also be packed (put things in them!) while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.)


If you must clean your old place after moving out, we are here to help. Top Cleaners can deliver professional and guaranteed service so you can take this burden off your shoulders.

Use your luggage:

Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Even for local moves you’ll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favourite sweaters, whereas a simple box might remain elusive for days.

Safeguard valued items:

It’s a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as silverware, collections, or antiques, with you. If you have a long move and no room in your car, bury the items in a box titled “Misc. from kitchen pantry”. Either way, check your homeowner’s insurance to see how you are covered during the move, and if you need additional insurance from us. Also, find out what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) you might need to file a claim in case of loss.

Keep important papers with you:

Your list of “important” papers might include: birth certificates, school records, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, maps, and more. Keep them with you!

Personal boxes:

Use brightly colour storage boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they’ll want ‘right away’ in the new home – a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, travel cosmetic case, and so on.

Moving may not be the most fun you’ve ever had, but planning ahead will go a long way toward making the process bearable.

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