How To Pack Household Goods

Books: When packing books and magazines, use medium to small sized boxes so they do not become too heavy. You may want to place clean sheets of paper in between books in order to avoid sticking.

Soft Goods: Items such as linens and pillows can simply be placed into boxes that are the correct size. No bubble wrap or newsprint paper is needed. Remember not to over-pack the boxes.

Clothing: Does not require bubble wrap or newsprint unless there is extra room in box. If clothing is easily ruined or very expensive, use wardrobe boxes.

Furniture: When it comes to furniture, keep in mind that most movers will prepare the furniture for you. When shipping 1-10 items of furniture long distance you can save money by using TSI's Wrap-It Shipping service.

Fragile Items: Wrap thoroughly with bubble wrap and use newsprint paper in between wrapped items for cushioning to prevent movement and to ensure items will not break.

Electronics: When shipping electronics, pack the items in the original box if possible. If not, bubble wrap electronics in several layers of bubble wrap and place in a sturdy box.

Artwork & Mirrors: Special boxes are used to package paintings and mirrors. To keep corners safe, use corrugated cardboard edge protectors.

Kitchenware: When packing pots, pans, and other be certain to use plenty of newsprint paper and bubble wrap to prevent breakage and scratching. Never pack heavy, bulky kitchenware items such as stoneware, heavy bowls, etc. with more fragile breakable items such as wine glasses.

What Not To Pack

  • Living plants or animals
  • Perishable items such as food
  • Money, securities, valuable papers, jewelry, and/or items of particular sentimental value. Keep these items with you at all times
  • Flammable items such as aerosol cans, paint, gas, etc...
  • Hazardous materials such as poisonous, corrosive, or explosive solids, liquids, and/or gases