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What Not to Pack

Remember, don't pack your checkbook, credit cards, plane tickets, passport and any special medications. Do you need to do a final clean up? Put aside cleaning supplies.

Pack the Fridge Last

Use your ice chest for transporting food on short moves. If moving far away, arrange to give your perishable food to a neighbor or soup kitchen. If turning the refrigerator off, remember to prop the doors open to prevent mildew.

Survival Gear

Between packing and unpacking you will need to keep a few things with you.
Kitchen: plate, cup,and set of utensils for each family member. Coffee pot & filters, tea kettle, breakfast cereal, paper towels, baby's bottle & pacifier, pet food, can opener.
Bathroom: toothbrush, tooth paste shampoo, toiletpaper.
Bedroom: bedding for your last night in the house & clothing for moving day.

Packing is a chore which most people hate. Here are some hints to help you pack so that everything will arrive safely at your new home.

First, organize the move in your mind. Make a mental room by room inventory of your possessions. Include the garage and all storage areas.
Make a list of the materials you think you will need. Boxes, carton sealing tape, marking pens, masking tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, fragile stickers, and plain white newsprint for wrapping dishes.
An average three bedroom house will require 100 boxes or more. Small boxes for heavy things like books and records. Dish Packs for dishes and stemware. Medium boxes for pots, pans, small appliances, toys. Large boxes for linens, blankets, pillows, lamp shades.
Start packing early. Six weeks ahead is not too soon. Begin with areas not frequently used: basement, attic, closet shelves. Pack a few boxes each day, whenever you have some extra time. Schedule several days for final packing just before the move
Take special care with fragile items. Use double-walled boxes for dishes and glasses. Wrap fragile things in several layers of white paper. Pack all your boxes full and fill up any air space with crumpled newspaper. Clearly mark boxes fragile.
Make special arrangements for pets, plants and children on moving day. Pets should be put in a quiet room at the new location until the movers have gone. Remember to give them food, water, a litter box and reassurance. Plants don't do well in moving vans. Arrange to carry them in your car. Children need special attention on moving day. A caring relative or friend who can be there just for them will help smooth the transition.

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