Mayflower Moving Packing Tips

Overwhelmed with moving boxes? Not sure where to start? Check out our packing tips and find out why Mayflower is there every step of the way. Mayflower Moving is willing to pack as little or as much as you need; it is all a part of your personalized move plan.

We’re getting ready to move and it’s time to pack. Where do I start?
Packing can be overwhelming: boxes everywhere, rooms of stuff to organize. Mayflower Moving can help you keep things simple. These tips will help you get started:
  • Plan how you will pack. You will want to first pack the items you use the least.
  • Do not wait until the last minute. Start packing as soon as you find out you are moving, especially if you are doing all of the packing yourself.  
  • To keep better track of your belongings, list the contents and room on the outside of the box.
  • Use clean newsprint paper. You do not want the ink from an old newspaper on your belongings. Clean newsprint paper is available from your local Mayflower agent.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Use professional packing tape instead of masking tape; it is stronger.
How do I pack my china?
China is delicate and highly breakable and requires extra care. These steps can help you avoid breakage while on the move:
  • First, wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper and place newsprint paper in the bottom of a box or dishpak for cushioning.
  • Wrap each piece of china individually.
  • For plates, wrap up to three individual pieces in a bundle with a double layer of paper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on their edge (so they are standing up).
  • Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces.
  • Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier.
  • Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.
How do I pack my silver?
It is best to wrap silver together in clean newsprint paper, and then nest them in a storage chest.
How do I pack my stemware?
Stemware should be individually wrapped with protective paper placed into the goblet and around the stem. Cushion each goblet with thick wrapping and place stem up in a specially tiered box or dishpak.
What is the best way to pack soft goods like bedding?
It is best to pack soft goods like pillows and bedding in lined cartons separated by layers of clean paper. This will keep your bedding organized and clean during your move.

How do I pack my shoes?

Pack each pair of shoes in their own shoebox if possible and place in a storage carton or large box. If you do not have shoeboxes handy, individually wrap each pair.

How do I pack my clothing?
Leave your clothes on hangers and hang in a special wardrobe box. Ask your move coordinator for help getting a wardrobe box for your clothing.
How do I pack lamp shades and bases?
Lamp shades can be a little tricky. Handle lamp shades by their wire frames only and place in a carton lined with protective paper. Also surround the shade with protective paper. You can nest shades inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.

Mayflower has cartons specially-designed for lamp bases. These cartons are also good for golf clubs, floor lamps and garden tools. Reach out to your move coordinator for more help.
What is the best way to pack electronics?
If possible, pack electronics in their original boxes. If you do not have the original boxes, do not worry. As long as you use proper packing materials (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), electronics can be safely packed in sturdy boxes. Follow these steps for proper preparation:
  • Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
  • Wrap the electronic with paper and place in carton.
  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
  • Firmly seal the carton.
  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”
Be aware of special considerations for the internal workings of electronics. Discuss the safe transportation of your computers and other electronics with your Mayflower move coordinator.
How do I pack my books?
Lay books flat in the carton, alternating the spine and open side of the book. Place a piece of paper between books to prevent them from sticking together. Reach out to your Mayflower move coordinator for specifically-designed book cartons that are easier to carry.
How do I pack my statues and figurines?
Wrap statues and figurines with bubble wrap, then snuggly wrap with clean paper. If you don’t have bubble wrap on hand, use clean paper to wrap the item until it is adequately cushioned.
How do I pack bottles?

Tape bottles shut and wrap in clean newsprint. For extra security, place bottles in a resealable, watertight bag before wrapping and placing in carton.

How do I pack my mirrors and glass?
Wrap the picture or mirror in a generous cushion of clean paper. Place in a flattened packing or telescoping carton. Carefully tape and seal the carton. Always stand glass, pictures and mirrors on their edge. Do not lay flat.
How do I pack my computer(s)?
If possible, pack computers in their original boxes if you have them on hand otherwise, as long as you use proper packing materials (bubble wrap, newsprint, foam sheeting, comforters/blankets, pillows, etc.), computers can be safely packed in sturdy boxes. Follow these steps for easy care:

  • Start by padding the bottom of the carton with a generous amount of packing material.
  • Wrap computer parts generously with paper and place in the carton.
  • Tightly pack padding around and on top of the unit to prevent damage.
  • Firmly seal the carton.
  • Label the carton as “Fragile – Top Load.”
Be aware of special considerations for the internal workings of computers. Discuss the safe transportation of your computers and other electronics with your Mayflower move coordinator.

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