Even local move becomes extremely hard when you moving without moving company that is why we recommend to use at least special furniture moving companies. If you still want to move and pack yourself here are important things to consider.

General tips

• Start packing in advance – nothing makes a move even more stressful than last-minute packing

• Enroll the help of your family and friends: packing up one’s entire life is way less overwhelming when you have help

• Pack the items you use the least first

• Have a game plan: pack one room at a time, making your way through your house or apartment

• Label each and every carton with its contents and which room in your new place it is going to

• Clearly mark any carton that contains fragile or high value items: this will greatly reduce the chances of anything breaking during your move

What not to pack

Take the following items with you instead of leaving them with your movers:

• Cash, stock and bond certificates

• Wills and other legal paperwork

• Mortgage paperwork, lease

• Jewelry and other valuables

• Family photos, videos, or other mementos

How to pack different groups of belongings


Taking furniture apart makes it easier to move, just be sure to keep all nuts and bolts in a zip-lock bag and tape it to the furniture. Drawers must be taped down and legs must be wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper. Use furniture pads for ultimate protection.


Protect your small appliances by wrapping them in newspaper or towels. Line the bottom of a solid medium box with newspaper and pack several appliances in it. 

When moving large appliances, always check your owner’s manual for special instructions. Clean the inside and outside of appliances before moving. Most importantly, remember to secure any parts that could come loose (such as cords, burners, etc.) during the move with tape. Finally, wrap large appliances with furniture pads to really protect them.


Use newspaper to wrap your plates, glasses, mugs, and other breakable items. Insert layers of bubble wrap between each plate or bowl that you pack and remember to use small boxes for these items. Place heavier items on the bottom of the box. A good trick is to pack the items you know you will need immediately in your new home in a separate box that is clearly labeled: this will avoid you having to eat take out for two weeks.

Electronic equipment 

If possible, pack stereos, TVs, computers and other electronics in the boxes you bought them in. If that is not possible, carefully wrap these items in plastic bags, bubble wrap and pack them in heavy duty boxes.


Wardrobe boxes are your best option because they allow you to transfer your clothes and hangers directly from your closet to the box. Empty your drawers and pack contents in suitcases or boxes.

Art and collectibles

Carefully wrap each piece in bubble wrap and pack them in a large box lined in crumpled newspaper. Make sure to add extra newspaper between and on top of items and write “fragile” on the top of the box in marker.

Mirrors and frames

Here’s a mover’s trick: tape an X with masking tape across mirrors and glass. Wrap these items in bubble wrap and be sure to pack them in a box labeled “fragile”.


The golden rule is: pack your books in small boxes, since they get heavy so quickly. If you have extra space in the box, use paperbacks to fill it up.

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