Plastic wrap is a mover’s dream. Many aspects of moving can be handled well and efficiently with good, strong plastic wrap for moving. We’ll cover some of the most widely used methods here.
1. Protecting Cushions and Blankets
If you have quilts, blankets, antique finery, tablecloths or napkins which need to be wrapped up, it is easy to protect them from dirt and accidental tears by simply wrapping them up in a roll of plastic wrap and stacking long rolled bundles together in the moving van or truck. Simply tape the outer most lip of plastic closed, and that’s that. Great Guys Long Distance Movers (www.greatguyslongdistancemovers.com) suggests that you always make it easy to unwrap by using simple taping methods which are secure but also easy to undo.
2. Moving Plastic Caddies and Filing Cabinets
Filing cabinets and those awesome little plastic caddies on wheels are great. If you don’t have a lot of weight in either type, you don’t have to wrap each drawer separately. As Marathon Moving suggests, you can simply wrap around the entire cabinet, sealing the drawers shut! It’s a great way to seal all of your belongings up nice and tight without having to wrap everything separately. When doing this, simply tape a piece of plastic wrap to one side of the cabinet, just enough to make it stick lightly. Then, roll the plastic wrap around and around the cabinet until everything is snug and sealed in. Secure the outer edge of tape firmly.
3. Covering Filled Drawers
Your desk drawers and bureau drawers will be filled with papers, clothes, books, and other belongings. You can make this process a lot easier by simply pulling your desk and bureau drawers out, wrapping them in plastic wrap, and packing them like regular moving boxes.
NOTE: Always make sure that you stack and set your drawers in a manner where the bottom lip of the front of the drawer can hang over something. This is important so that you don’t put weight, strain or breakage on the molding.
4. Bundling Long Metal and Wooden Objects Together
As Imperial Moving & Storage (www.imperialmovers.com) suggests, slats for your bed mattress, metal bed frame poles, bookcase shelves, kitchen utensils, and fireplace utensils can all be wrapped up in groupings with plastic wrap. This prevents metal pokers from slipping, scraping wood furniture, or getting lost in the dark moving van. This also prevents loose objects from sliding around, scraping wood shelving or damaging the feet of furniture. When it comes to moving, keeping everything tight, snug and immovable is the key to furniture preservation.
When using tape, we recommend packing tape or masking tape. Masking tape can be used on objects which simply need to be secured but which are not in danger of moving around very much. Packing tape should be used on heavy furniture, on bundles of long objects, and in places where more stress will be put on the tape. This includes boxes with books. Always carefully tape the bottom of your boxes with packing tape so that your books don’t fall out the bottom.
Packing and moving can be stressful, but you can make it a lot easier on yourself by packing well so that you don’t need to chase down loose objects afterward. Happy packing!