September 23, 2020

How to pack like a pro

Our belongings are precious and when we need to pack them up, we want to keep them protected.

How to pack like a pro

The last thing we need is to unpack, only to find smashed glass, breakages or loose bottles that have leaked over our clothes. Most of these situations can be easily avoided. Read on to find out how. 

Using the right things to protect your belongings is really important. No matter how well you pack, if you use low quality cardboard boxes or not enough tape, your belongings won’t be protected. Remember, they have to be loaded into a vehicle, bump around on roads, get unloaded and then stored. Then all that again, when you get your belongings back.

What you’ll need:

1)    Packing paper (or grab lots of newspaper)

2)    Packing tape

3)    Strong, water-resistant boxes (or just use ours for free!)

4)    Water-proof bags (again, use ours)

How to pack bowls, glasses and mugs

Small, breakable items need to be wrapped individually with packing paper and tuck and remaining bits of paper into the centre of the mug/cup/glass for added protection. 

Then line your sturdy boxes with more paper or other soft material to cushion the base and stack everything snuggly upside-down in the box (keeping similar-sized items together). Stuff any gaps between items with extra paper, or even loose tea towels that you intend to pack anyway! 

How to pack plates

Unless you fancy battling with super glue and shattered plates, take heed of the following advice!

Never stack plates on top of each other in a box. We’ve all done it as it feels totally fine to stack them in the same way as we do in a cupboard… but don’t. Instead, wrap each plate individually and then stack them upright on their sides in a strong box with the largest around the outside. Fill the base and any gaps with extra packing paper. They should be a snug as possible with lots of paper or bubble wrap to protect them. It may feel like you’re using lots of packaging and not helping the environment, but when you come to unpacking, most of it can be flattened and stored behind cupboards for future use, or recycled. 

How to pack photo frames and mirrors

Apply tape liberally across the glass and around the frame, which will stop any broken glass from falling and being potentially dangerous, as well as keeping it in place during transportation. each frame or mirror with tape going in three directions, much like a six-pointed star – this helps to stop the glass moving around and means it’s less likely to get broken with it being secure.

Then lay the frame down onto a piece of wrapping paper and wrap it as you would a present. You may prefer to use bubble wrap for these kinds of items that have a lot of glass. When ready, pack them vertically into boxes and fill in any gaps with more packing paper or bubble wrap.

How to pack over-sized items

Any odd-shaped fragile items can be wrapped generously with bubble wrap and secured with packing tape before going into a box. Try to pack the bigger, sturdier things first and fill in any gaps with smaller items on top. Don’t forget to mark each fragile item as ‘FRAGILE’, as well as the box they are in.

For larger items like guitars, chairs and toys, these can be popped into a strong bag and sealed shut. Caboodle provides these free of charge with openings that can be sealed shut for added protection. Just remember to use two if the odd chair leg or broom handle is poking out! Every part of your item should be covered and well-protected.

Caboodle Storage teams take extra care of your belongings and want to help keep life simple for their customers. So we provide free packaging and lend you our sturdy, plastic crate-style boxes as standard. No need to source boxes beforehand or pay for us to provide it. All you need is the paper and tape. We ensure our packaging is water-resistant and even provide protective bags to slip over your suitcases or over-sized items. Simply book your storage online or give us a call on 0203 976 7900. We collect and return your belongings anywhere in the UK.

How to remember what you’ve packed

Sometimes we are so focused on getting those boxes packed and sealed shut that we forget what’s actually in them. So, when it comes to getting our belongings back, we don’t know where things are without opening every box. Using a permanent pen, try to write on the box or label it with what’s inside. Or better still, use Caboodle’s free online cataloguing system that lets you upload photos and label what’s in each box so you’ll never have to hunt for your kettle again.

How to pack clothes

If you’ve got lots of clothes, you may want to consider saving space and using vacuum bags. If not then simply pack clean, dry clothes into a suitcase, ideally by season and owner so it’s easy to find things when it comes to unpacking. You can fold or roll up – Marie Kondo style – to save space and keep clothes wrinkle-free.

For non-fragile items you should still use some packing paper, just in case, but not as much as you would when packing glass items, for example. Try to keep items together by room, or cupboard so it’s easy to unpack and put away when needed.

If you’ve moving home and need some items close by for the first few days, then have a couple of boxes reserved for the things you need like the kettle, a few cups, plates, cutlery, tea towels, and clothes to help get through without having to root around in 30 boxes to find a mug for that well-earned cuppa. Or better still, use an online cataloguing system that helps you find the box you need at the click of a button.

If you don’t fancy trekking your things to a storage unit, give Caboodle a call and we’ll get in sorted. Life is hassle-free with Caboodle.

Smart storage. Delivered. 

From the Caboodle Blog

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