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Top Quick Packing Tips

Learn How to Pack with These Easy Quick Tips

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Packing takes time. It takes time to sort your things, organize the packing itself, gather supplies then and only then can you start putting your things in boxes and bags so you can get moving.

If you're overwhelmed by the amount of packing you have to do and aren't sure where to start, yet feel you don't have time to read through article after article about how to pack your things, then check out this list of the top quick packing tips for packers who are in a hurry.

1. Top 5 Videos on How to Pack Your Things

If you're a visual learner, then you'll find these free video tutorials a great source of instruction to help you pack and move. Often there is nothing like having a first hand look at the task to picture how easy and manageable it can be.

Check out our latest videos on how to pack and move.

2. Quick Tip: Pack Fragile Stemware

If you're like me, you collect wine glasses and goblets and have a sentimental attachment to each and every one. Maybe you purchased a set in Italy after touring Tuscany or your grandmother left you her crystal goblets as a wedding present. Whatever the reason, use this step-by-step packing guide to make sure all your precious glassware makes it to their new home without any cracks or breaks.

3. Quick Tip: Prep a Mattress for a Move

Packing and moving your stuff to a new apartment or home is stressful enough. Watch this About.com video to learn how to prep a mattress for a move so it's one less thing to worry about when your life is in boxes.

4. Quick Tip: Assemble Moving Boxes

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One of the first steps to packing up your home is to collect and assemble all the moving boxes. While some of the boxes you use will be ready for packing, others will require some assembly. Putting a box together right is an essential step in ensuring your things arrive at your new home without cracks or broken pieces. Check out this video to help you take the first steps to packing and moving by showing you how to assembly and secure your moving boxes.

5. Quick Tip: How to Pack a TV

With televisions now costing so much money, they're often considered an investment and something you'd hate to break. Not only would you miss out on that all-important game, televisions can be quite expensive to fix. Find out how to pack your TV so that it arrives in your new space without any damage to the screen with this quick tip video.

6. Quick Tip: Clear Garbage Bags

This tip comes from my sister who had to move an entire house in under two weeks.

Because she was pressed for time, packing things quickly was of utmost importance. And since she was moving locally, she wasn't too concerned about items being displaced. So, for her linens and clothes, she opted to pack them in large, clear garbage bags, the kind you see frequently used for leaves and recyclable materials.

7. Quick Tip: Use Shredded Paper to Protect Your Belongings

Almost everyone owns a paper shredder and if you don't, it might be worth the small investment to not only protect yourself from identity theft, but also to make your own packing material. Gather up all your old magazines, office paper, old essays and reports; paper items you were going to recycle anyway. Remove any staples or paperclips, then shred the documents one by one.

Shredded paper makes a great insulator against bumps or shifting contents. I use it to line my boxes before placing wrapped, fragile items on top. Not only will your things arrive in one piece, but you've gotten rid of a lot of extra paperwork.

8. Quick Tip: Top Up the Box

If you have some room left in the top of your box, you can use a variety of light-weight linens to fill the empty space; pillow cases, pot holders, oven mitts, hand towels, face cloths, place mats, table cloths and dish towels.

These items will fill the space and provide extra protection in case the contents shift during your move.

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