Six tips to get started.
Select an area large enough to handle your biggest cartons. A strong table with a protective cover offers a good work surface. (We don't recommend using your good dining room table.) Have your marking pens, tape and scissors nearby. Spread a generous amount of neatly stacked packing paper flat on your table.
- Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move. Pack one room at a time; this will make it easier to unpack.
- Mark all boxes with room and box number. Record these in a carton identification log that shows the number of boxes packed per room and the total number of cartons packed. (Your Atlas Van Operator will provide an official inventory during the loading process).
- Use plenty of filling material in cartons; when in doubt, use more.
- Make sure bottoms of cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
- Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Do not exceed 50 pounds per box; it makes moving them a lot easier. Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the carton you should use.
Proven Atlas packing methods you can use like a pro.
Dishware (dinner plates, saucers, bread and butter dishes, etc).
- Select a medium-sized carton and line the bottom with crumpled packing paper.
- At your work table, on your stack of packing paper, center a single plate. Grasp a corner of several sheets at once and pull the paper over the plate until the plate is completely covered.
- Stack a second plate on the first and, moving clockwise, grasp another corner of several sheets and pull them over the second plate.
Stack a third plate. Grasp the remaining two corners and fold using two sheets, one corner at a time, over the plate.
- Turn the wrapped stack of three plates upside down onto your paper. Re-wrap the entire bundle. Start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover the bundle again by pulling on the next corner, then the third corner, then the fourth. For non-fragile plates, you can pack five or six to a bundle.
- Seal the bundle with packing tape and place it in the box so the plates are standing on edge.
For smaller dishes, you may choose to stack greater quantities. As a rule, make stacks no higher than the dish diameter.
Cups and bowls.
- Position a single cup, bottom down, six to eight inches from one corner of your packing paper. Pull the nearest corner of the paper up and over the cup.
- Nest a second cup inside the first cup, with the paper between the two.
- Pull the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck them inside the second cup.
- Hold the two cups together and roll them to the remaining corner. Place cups in a vertical position, lips down, near the top of the box. Do not stack heavy items on top of the cups.
Wrap delicate cups, like china, one at a time. Stuff antique glass and other china pieces with crumpled tissue and wrap them individually as well.
Glasses and stemware.
- Before wrapping, stuff glassware and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper.
- Lay the item on the corner of the packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size). Pull the sides of the packing paper up and over the item and continue rolling to the far corner. You may use corrugated paper if you want added protection.
- Place glasses and stemware toward the top of the box. (Place heavier items—dishware, pitchers, etc.—toward the bottom.) Position glasses vertically with lips down—never on their sides. As you pack each layer of a box, use crumpled packing paper for a snug fit with no gaps. Mark boxes Fragile, using labels supplied by your Atlas Agent.
The above fundamentals for packing dishware, cups, and glassware have similar applications for packing other household items.