SANTA ROSA – If you’re doing your own packing in preparation for a move, consider the following tips:
1. Label all boxes. On every box you pack, write the room it will ultimately go into, as well as the general items it contains. Mark your label on two sides of the box so you’ll be able to see it regardless of which way the box is facing.
2. Pack tightly. Besides being an efficient use of space, a tightly packed box reduces the possibility of items shifting around while in transit, which lowers the chance for breakage. On the other hand, when packing a large box, avoid overfilling it with heavy items, as this can cause the bottom to fall out.
3. Avoid unnecessary packing. For local moves, certain items don’t need to be packed. For instance, clothes on hangers or in drawers can typically be moved as is. Also, it may not be worthwhile attempting to pack some awkward or bulky items.
4. Clearly designate any items not to be moved. To avoid confusion on the day of your move, set aside any items that aren’t going in the moving truck, preferably within a single room or area. Be sure to verbally communicate with your movers so they understand these aren’t to be moved.