and Flat China
Begin with the larger items. Smaller items can go
toward the top. Wrap each piece individually with
several pieces of newsprint. Next, wrap three to five
previously wrapped plates together and stand each
bundle on its edge. Never lay them flat. Add 3-4
inches of crumpled paper and a cardboard divider
before creating a second level.
Always individually wrap and never put one piece
inside another. Place on the very top level of your
carton and pack rim down. Especially fragile items
should be packed in a separate carton and then packed
in a larger carton surrounded by cushioning.
Wrap individually and then nest two to three together
and wrap as an entire package. Place on end or flat.
Use crumpled paper and a cardboard divider before
Remove shade, bulb and harp assembly. Double wrap the
bulb and harp assembly. Wrap the base and cushion it
in a dish pack or similar type box. For lampshades,
select the carton size close to the shade
measurements. Pack only one shade per container. Don't
use crumpled newsprint inside or around the outside of
the shade. Glass lampshades and chandeliers should be
professionally packed in sturdy crates.
Of course, never pack perishable items, aerosol
kitchen products or frozen food. Box dry foods in
medium-sized cartons after taping any openings or tops
closed. Jars should also be taped shut and wrapped as
well as cushioned. Pack cans and jars in smaller
Clothing can be left in sturdy dressers or packed in
suitcases, if desired. Other foldable clothing should
be packed in medium-sized cartons. Hanging clothing
should be packed in wardrobe cartons available from
your USA Moving and Storage. If wardrobe
cartons are not used, be sure to remove hangers and
pack in lined cartons. Hats should be left in their
boxes and packed in moving cartons. Small cartons
loosely filled with newsprint also help protect hats.
Glass Table Tops, Pictures, Paintings, etc.
We recommend purchasing special cartons for all but
the smallest items in this category. Mirror and
picture cartons can handle most items. Only one
article should be packed in each carton. You will want
to consider professional crating assistance for
oversized or heavy items such as table tops.
Wrap individually. Cups with handles should be
cushioned with another layer of paper. Pack with rims
down. Cushion and layer with crumpled paper.
Pack in smaller boxes with open edges alternating with
the bindings. Hardback books, or those with fragile
covers should be wrapped for protection.
Wardrobe cartons are excellent for hanging curtains
and drapes. You can also fold them and pack in cartons
that have been lined with clean newsprint.
Mattresses must be covered to protect them from soil
and damage. Appropriate sized cartons are recommended
and available from your USA Moving and Storage.
Clocks, radios and other small appliances should be
individually wrapped and packed along with linens or
towels or surrounded with crushed paper for
Electronics and Clocks
Original manufacturers packaging with styrofoam
inserts provides the best protection for moving
electronic goods. If these are not available, large or
medium cartons should be used and the item well
wrapped and cushioned. Larger home electronics such as
consoles and large screen TVs should not be packed and
will be moved as furniture. Computers and grandfather
clocks require special pre-move preparation. Consult
with your USA Moving and Storage or a local
dealer to determine what is required for moving these
Washing machines should have all hoses disconnected
and containerized. If you place hoses in the tub or
drum, be sure to wrap the metal couplings with cloth
or paper to avoid damage to the tub's surface. Unplug
the electric cord and tape to the back. Secure the
washer drum with materials available from your
USA Moving and Storage.
Many appliances require special servicing,
disconnecting and preparation. Upon request, your
USA Moving and Storage will arrange third
party services to prepare these items for your move.
You may be able to perform most of the requirements
Refrigerators should be emptied of all food. Shelves
should be secured in place or detached and wrapped.
The electric cord should be unplugged and taped to the
back. If there is an icemaker, it should be
disconnected from the water line and drained in
Any power tools containing gasoline or oil should be
drained before moving. Long handled tools can be
bundled. Hand tools should be wrapped and packed