How to Pack Awkward Objects

Packing is arguably the most time-consuming task when comes time to move your home. The easy items are the square and rectangle boxes, but have you considered how to handle sharp, fragile, or oddly shaped items? Read on for helpful tips on how to tackle those awkward objects.

 

Round Objects

Wrap round items such as car tires and wheels, footballs, or globes with a flexible internal packaging material such as Kraft paper, bubble wrap, or polyethylene foam sheeting before placing it inside a strong plastic container or cardboard box. Ensure the item fits properly without bulging out at the sides. Fill the extra space with cushioning material to prevent the item from sliding or moving around inside the box during transit.

 

Cylindrical Objects

Wrap items such as carpet rolls, posters, and floor vases with a flexible packing material such as cardboard, foam sheeting, or bubble wrap before taping securely. Make sure the ends are sealed to prevent scratching if dragged. To keep moisture out, try adding a final layer of plastic (such as a garbage bag) with moving tape.

 

Long Objects

To reduce the risk of breakage when relocating long objects such as car bumpers, fishing reels, or curtain rods, add support to the weak points (usually the midsection) of the item. Tape or strap thin pieces of Styrofoam or wood dowel along the length of the object to act as a brace. Then, cover the entire piece in a thick layer of bubble wrap, adding an additional layer around fragile points and ends that could get caught or scrape walls during transportation.

 

Furniture

Heavy and irregularly shaped pieces of furniture such as bed frames, tables, sofas, chairs, bookcases, and mattresses should be dismantled as much as possible before the move. Wrap them in moving blankets or old sheets and tape securely before placing them into the moving truck. Online videos are an excellent way to see how other people get creative when packing household furnishings.

 

Pokey Oddball Objects

Don’t be deterred from packing oddly shaped items. From curling irons to shoe racks to patio décor, oddly shaped articles are part of our lives. Group similar objects together to make it easy when unpacking. Save your larger boxes for these belongings, and angle the tallest pieces in the box first. Then, fill the remaining space with related possessions, and fill empty space with newspaper or packing peanuts to prevent shifting.

 

To collect and restrain those pesky hangers, stack them before looping a rubber band around the hooks. Don’t forget to fill the extra spaces in the box between the hangers with small or soft items such as scarves or socks. Reserving soft items for boxes you are filling with fragile items can serve as protection and reduce the need for packing fillers.

 

Wondering how AMJ Campbell can make your move a little more hassle-free? Read our blog to learn five moving tips that will make your life easier and contact a location near you to find out more about our packing services. Keep in mind that professional movers have the experience and knowledge of how best to move the larger, more awkwardly shaped items.

How to Pack Your Most Treasured Items

Handle with care is easier said than done when you’re hurrying to pack your home before moving day. And when it comes to preparing to relocate fragile items such as family heirlooms, the experience can be stressful because of the emotional significance tied to them. Luckily, AMJ Campbell experts are sharing tips to ensure your treasured breakables make it through the move without damage.


1. China and Fragile Kitchen Items

Pack fine china and other fragile glasses and dishware by wrapping each piece individually with unprinted newspaper or tissue. Check your local newspaper or printer for end rolls of clean newsprint for sale.

Line the bottom of your packing box with crumpled news wrap and/or bubble wrap for protection. Bundle one or two similar sized dishes together. Wrap large dishes separately with bubbles of bubble wrap facing inward for maximum padding.

 

Don’t forget to label your boxes on all sides with ‘fragile’ warnings that can be easily read by movers.


2. Art and Wall Hangings

The key to safely packing art (paintings, wall décor, etc.) is to avoid touching the painting’s surface with bare hands. Do this by wearing white cotton gloves or placing acid-free tissue paper between the work and your fingers when handling.

 

Adhere tape to only the tissue paper that is wrapped around your art. Cut up pieces of cardboard to use as corner protectors. For more delicate pieces, wrap the art in at least two layers of bubble wrap.


3. Furniture and Accessories

Pack antique or heirloom furniture by taking apart any components that can be separated. Don’t forget to attach all screws and other hardware to the furniture in a small Ziploc bag. Wrap all chair, table, sofa legs, and delicate corners in bubble wrap to protect them from being bumped.

 

Cover any upholstery you don’t want stained with blankets or other cloth covers to prevent tears, rips, or stains. This is especially important if you are moving during winter months or in areas of high precipitation.


4. Handle Antiques With Care

Before you begin packing away your most treasured heirlooms and antiques, take the time to create an inventory of items in your collection. Starting with your largest items, photograph each piece for your records and measure items for any custom crates that need to be ordered. For smaller antiques like jewelry, silver, and collectibles, photograph each item and make note of any imperfections.

 

When covering items in protective wrap, ensure the first layer is clean and safe for the material of the antique. For porous items such as artwork, antique books, and fabrics, non-acidic archival tissue makes a fine protective layer. For glass or wood, use stretch wrap or foam wrap to cover the items completely, making sure to extend the wrap around corners and edges.

 

Helpful tip: Use a combination of old, soft blankets, foam from online parcel orders, and bubble wrap to wrap a final layer around precious items that will absorb small shocks that occur during transport.

 

For more information on how AMJ Campbell can make your move a little more hassle-free, contact a location near you.