How to Pack Clothes for Moving

You’ll need:

  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Suitcases
  • Small and medium boxes

-or-

  • Two sets of boxes, one larger than the other (for double-boxing components)
  • Styrofoam peanuts.
  • Back up all the files on your computer.
  • Your computer company may recommend that you “park” your hard drive. That means using a special program (possibly called “SHIP.EXE”) that makes recording heads in the hard drive pull back from the data area into a “safer” area of the CPU.
  • Pack your disks in a separate box, but not with anything magnetic.
  • Bundle cables and wires and color code them to their matching holes so it’s easy to reconnect in your new home.
  • If your computer is completely cooled off, put each component part in a plastic bag to keep dirt out during the move, then inside the foam forms in their original boxes. Fit cables and other accessories in the sides of each box and fill with peanuts.
  • If you don’t have the original boxes, use the double-box method. Fill the smaller of the two boxes with Styrofoam peanuts, put the “bagged” monitor or CPU in the middle, and fill the box the rest of the way so the component sits in the middle of the box without touching the sides. Fit in cables and accessories, close and seal that box, then fill the bottom of the second box with peanuts, put the sealed box in, and fill all around the rest of the way with peanuts.
  • If you have a small printer, you can pack it with your CPU. Be sure to remove the printer cartridges. If your printer uses pins to form-feed paper, leave the paper in during the move to keep the pins in place.
  • Mark each box “Fragile – Computer.” Now you’re finished!

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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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