Sherry Tyra: Packing for a major move can be very stressful and exhausting. Hiring a professional Moving Company is preferred by many, but doing your own packing of belongings can be a real money saver.
Having the proper supplies for your move is essential, boxes from your local moving company are designed especially for a move and are much steadier then found boxes, look for special boxes for garments, pictures and unwieldy items.
Stock up on packing supplies such as Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, unprinted news print, tape and markers. Do not use printed newspaper to pack breakables, as the ink can stain. To correctly pack a box, start with the layer of bubble wrap or packing peanuts on the bottom; carefully wrap breakables insuring that all corners and edges are completely covered. Pack the box layer by layer placing the heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Fill in any empty spaces with additional paper, so contents don't shift in transit. Top off with the layer of scrunched paper, bubble wrap or packing peanuts and tape shut, make several passes of tape across the seam. Don't overload the boxes; the rule of thumb is that each box should weigh 50 pounds or less. Label each box with the summary of the contents and which room it belongs in. I typically label on at least two sides to see the contents from any angle. Make sure to drawn an arrow showing the up direction. By packing carefully and correctly you'll not only save money, but you'll also stay organized and will insure that your possessions will reach your new home safely.