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How to Pack Fragile and Frequently Used Items

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What to Pack Last: Tips for Moving the Essentials

At this point, you’ve already packed the lesser-used spaces of your home. Now’s the time to tackle the rooms and items you use the most, including boxing up fragile items. The next two weeks will fly by, so let’s get packing.

We suggest downloading our moving checklist to stay organized while you pack.

What to Pack Last: Tips for Moving the Essentials

At this point, you’ve already packed the lesser-used spaces of your home. Now’s the time to tackle the rooms and items you use the most, including boxing up fragile items. The next two weeks will fly by, so let’s get packing.

We suggest downloading our moving checklist to stay organized while you pack.

Packing Electronics and Your Home Office

Getting back to business after your move is important, especially if you work from home. Here’s how to pack your computer and laptop.

Illustration of electronics to be packed including computer monitor, laptop and hard drives.
Illustration of decktop computer monitor and hard drive to be packed.

How to Pack a Desktop Computer

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Before packing your computer, back up your data and remove flash drives, devices or discs. Find a box that fits your computer snugly, then shut it down and wipe the exterior clean.

Illustration of decktop computer tower and flat screen monitor packed into a box for moving to new home.

Packing Your Desktop Computer and Monitor

  • Fill the bottom of the box with several layers of packing paper or packing peanuts.
  • Wrap the tower and/or monitor in several layers of bubble wrap.
  • Tape the outside layer securely.
  • Place the tower upright inside the box first.
  • Add bubble wrap or packing paper on top of the tower.
  • Place the monitor upright on top of the tower. Face the screen toward an inside wall of the box.

Packing Computer Cables and Accessories

  • Take a picture of the cables connected to the back of the computer for easy setup later.
  • Unplug cables connected to the tower and monitor. Neatly fold each cable.
  • Put the cables together in a large plastic bag.
    Wrap the mouse, keyboard, modem, speakers, webcam and router separately in packing paper.
  • Place in the box with your tower and monitor.
  • Fill any spaces inside the box with wadded newspaper or packing peanuts to prevent shifting during the move.
  • Tape the box securely and label it for the office. Include a list of the contents.
Illustrations of computer accessories to be packed including keyboard, headphones, flash drive, tablet and computer mouse.
Illustration of laptop computer sitting on top of moving box.

How to Pack a Laptop

We recommend moving laptops, tablets and other mobile devices with you in a backpack or purse rather than the moving truck. However, if you do need to box them up, here's how to do it.

  • Wrap your laptop in several layers of bubble wrap, covering each corner.
  • Pack the computer on its side in the moving box. Do not pack flat.
  • Fill the sides and any gaps with wadded packing paper to prevent any movement.
  • Wrap the charger neatly in packing paper. Place it inside the box with your laptop.
  • Tape the box securely shut and label it for the office. List the contents.

How to Pack Books

  • Find a sturdy box — books get heavy.
  • Line the box with packing paper.
  • Alternate bound edges with each layer.
  • Fill gaps with wadded newspaper.
  • Tape the box securely shut and label for the office or library. List the contents.

Pro Tip: Wrap photo albums, leather-bound volumes or other books of sentimental value individually. Separate each book with cardboard to keep their spines straight during the move.

Illustration of books sitting on top of moving box before packing.
Illustration of fragile kitchen items to be packed including glassware, waffle maker and large pot.

How to Pack the Kitchen for Moving

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With gadgets and gizmos aplenty, the kitchen is one of the trickiest rooms to pack. Take it one cabinet at a time. From packing waffle irons to wine glasses, learn how to avoid breaking your kitchenware.

Headshot of Barbara Reich, a professional organizer at Life Organized.

“Look at the new space with a critical eye. What do you have room for? If you’re moving to a smaller space, only take what will fit. Be wary of large appliances that are rarely used (bread maker, ice cream maker). Don’t take them if you can part with them.”

Barbara Reich,
Professional Organizer, Life Organized

Illustration of dishes and bowls stacked ready to be packed for a move.

How to Pack Dishes for Moving

  • Cushion the bottom of a large box with a layer of packing peanuts or wadded newspaper.
  • Wrap each plate individually with newspaper.
    Load plates into the box on their sides. Never lay flat.
  • Place a layer of crumpled newsprint down before starting a new layer.
  • Tape and label the box “Fragile: Kitchen.” List contents.

How to Pack Pots and Pans

  • Prepare a box with newspaper or packing peanuts at the bottom.
  • Stack pots or pans inside each other wherever possible with layers of newspaper in between.
  • Wrap the entire set in bubble wrap or newspaper and tape them together.
  • Pack the stacked pots or pans inside the box.
  • Wrap glass lids separately with bubble wrap. Place on top of pots and pans.
  • Fill empty areas with packing peanuts or wadded newspaper.
  • Tape and label the box “Kitchen.” List contents.
Illustration of two large pots and a medium size pan ready to be packed for new home.
Illustration of various types of coffee cups and travel mugs to be packed together for easy moving.

How to Pack Coffee Mugs

  • Fill the bottom of the box with a layer of wadded newspaper.
  • Wrap each mug individually with packing paper.
  • Stuff crumpled newspaper inside of the mug for reinforcement.
  • Place mugs face down for stacking.
  • Layer with newspaper before beginning the second row.
  • Fill empty areas with packing peanuts or wadded newspaper.
  • Tape and label the box “Fragile: Kitchen.” List contents.

How to Pack Small Kitchen Appliances

  • Clean your appliances and take them apart, if necessary.
  • Pack heavier appliances like toaster ovens in their own box.
  • Layer packing peanuts or newspaper to cushion the bottom of a large box.
  • Wrap a few sheets of newspaper around the appliance and seal it with tape.
  • Wrap any removable accessories and box them together.
  • Use bubble wrap for fragile accessories like glass microwave trays, coffee pots or removable blender blades.
  • Fill empty space with packing peanuts or newspaper.
  • Tape and label the box for the “Kitchen.” List contents.
Illustration of small kitchen appliances to be packed including coffee maker, toaster and blender.
Illustration of three different types of wine glasses to be packed carefully for moving.

The Best Way to Pack Wine Glasses

  • Wrap the stem with a piece of newspaper.
  • Gently stuff the bulb with crumpled newspaper for cushioning.
  • Wrap the entire glass in two layers of newspaper.
  • Pack each wine glass on its base.
  • Separate each glass with small pieces of cardboard.
  • Pad empty spaces with wadded newspaper.
  • Once full, make sure that nothing rattles.
  • Tape and label the box “Fragile: Kitchen.” List contents.

Pro Tip: Find celled boxes for wine glasses in liquor stores, wineries or moving supply stores.

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Packing Your Living Room

Time for family photos, televisions and other personal touches to come down. If you’ve already packed personal items to stage your home to sell, take this time to make sure the rest of your favorite mementos stay safe during the move.

Illustration of living room items to be packed for move including couch, hanging art, floor lamp and indoor plant.
Illustration of large flat screen television, surround sound speakers and media table to be packed and moved.

Packing Your TV and Home Entertainment System

  • Take a photo of the back of your TV’s component inputs to make it easier to set up in your new home.
  • Unplug cables and gather them neatly. Tape and label with painter’s tape or masking tape.
  • Place cables with remotes in a separate labeled box.
  • Clean your TV with a soft, dry cloth before packing.
  • Wrap the TV in a moving blanket or pack it in the original box.
  • Wrap DVD players, speakers and other equipment in bubble wrap and box.

Pro Tip: Detach your flat-screen television from mounting hardware to make them easier to transport on moving day.

How to Pack Pictures and Artwork

  • Prepare a box with a layer of newspaper at the bottom.
  • Cover each picture frame or piece of artwork with newspaper.
  • Wrap each piece with a second layer of bubble wrap.
  • Place items in the box, filling in spaces with peanuts or wadded newspaper.
  • Be careful not to overfill the box — glass frames are heavy.
  • Tape the box closed and label it appropriately with fragile stickers.

Pro Tip: Wrap large portraits or framed prints in moving blankets.

Illustration of hanging artwork and glass frames to be wrapped before moving to prevent damage.
Illustration of different types of candles to be packed together and kept in a temperature controlled environment for moving to keep from melting.

How to Pack Candles

  • Gather all your candles to be packed in one box together.
  • Wrap glass jars in newspaper and bubble wrap.
  • Wrap larger wax candles individually with old towels or cleaning rags.
  • Wrap votives or skinny candles individually with tissue paper or wax paper.
  • Wrap candelabras or heavier candle sticks individually with bubble wrap.
  • Place into one box and label “Candles.”

Pro Tip: When packing for long-distance moves, consider putting this box in your air-conditioned car instead of the moving van to keep them from melting together.

Illustration of curtains hanging on rod over a window with three pillows in the foreground.

Packing Pillows, Cushions and Curtains

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The family room is home to a variety of fabric items that are often overlooked when moving. To keep them all clean and safe, invest in some strong trash bags and storage bins.

  • Fill a trash bag or storage bin with throw pillows and blankets.
  • Wrap couch or chair cushions in labeled trash bags to keep them clean during the move.
  • Remove and wash curtains. Fold and pack in storage bins.
  • Take apart curtain rods. Bag and label screws. Pack with curtains.
Headshot of Joe Devost, operations field manager at You Move Me.

“Many people think they are completely packed but come moving day are last-minute stuffing items into boxes. This increases the moving time and in turn, can increase your estimate costs.”

Joe Devost,
Operations Field Manager, You Move Me

Illustration of bedroom set with two night stands, lamps and a family portrait hanging above.

Packing Your Bedroom

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Bedrooms are a bigger packing project than you might expect. Whether you have a bed full of throw pillows or a dresser layered with jewelry, there are a lot of small, personal belongings to collect. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to clean out your closet. Follow these tips to make packing your bedroom easier.

Packing Your Sheets and Bedding

  • Wash and fold extra sheet sets.
  • Wash comforters, quilts and blankets.
  • Pack bedding in storage bins to avoid wrinkles.
  • Label the bin for the bedroom.

Pro Tip: Put aside a set of sheets, blankets and pillows for your first night. Pack them in a clear, easy-to-find container. Plan to move this bin yourself.

Illustration of folded sheet set to be washed and packed for moving.
Illustration of dresser with laundry basket and tennis shoes on top with a bust displaying a necklace accessory in the foreground.

Hacks for Packing Clothing and Accessories

  • Keep clothing folded in the dresser. Tape drawers closed and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Roll clothes instead of folding them to maximize space.
  • Slide clothes on hangers directly into garbage bags, instead of wardrobe boxes.
  • Use egg cartons to pack delicate jewelry like rings, necklaces and earrings.
  • Stuff shoes and wrap them with tissue paper before boxing to avoid misshapen shoes or scuffs.
  • Feed necklaces through straws to avoid tangles.
  • Group chunky necklaces together with toilet paper rolls.

Packing Tips for the Laundry Room

  • Use, donate or responsibly dispose of chemicals like liquid laundry detergent or bleach before your move.
  • Use laundry baskets or hampers to hold laundry room accessories.
  • Wrap your ironing board with moving blankets.
  • Wrap the iron with bubble wrap and pack it in a small box.
  • Tape sewing kits securely and pack them in a small box cushioned with wadded newspaper.
Illustration of washing machine with laundry detergent and clothing baskets to be moved to new home.

FAQs for Packing Fragile Items

What's the best packing material for fragile items?

How do you pack very delicate items?

Is it safe to bubble wrap electronics?

Is it better to pack dishes in paper or bubble wrap?

Now that you’ve packed up most of your home, we’re approaching the final countdown. Next week, we’ll prepare you for the big day and outline everything you’ll need for your moving essentials box.

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