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Creative Packing

10/19/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Moving to a new part of the country or just across town can be a grand adventure. But the process of sorting, packing and transporting your multi-year accumulation of possessions can be a real chore.

Professional movers use a lot of paper when they wrap items to be boxed. In fact, I have found that after unwrapping a box of dishes, the paper used to wrap the dishes, when wadded up and put back into the box, fills the box! If you are going to be packing and moving yourself, you will need a good supply of clean paper, newspaper ink can rub off. Most U-haul and other self-storage companies sell reams of paper for packing, along with bubble wrap for very fragile items. And printing companies may have end-of-roll paper available.

To cut down on the cost of moving, you can kill two birds with one stone by using towels, sheets and blankets as packing material. Pillows also are great to use in the bottom of boxes that will hold heavy items, such as a lamp base. Be creative with your packing and you will use fewer boxes thus cutting down on the cost of the move.



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Kate Johns
6/9/2009 1:48:29 PM
I like those ideas. You're saving paper in more than one way, because the towels and sheets you're using to line boxes would have taken up a box of their own anyway! I'm all for packing my own boxes, but I do not want to haul all of that stuff around and then be terrified driving a huge moving truck. For my last move, I used a company called JJ Metro, http://jjmetro.com. They loaded and unloaded my boxes and furniture for me and made my move so much more relaxing.

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