Pack one room at a time.

Avoid mixing things from different rooms in the same box; it will make unpacking more time consuming.

Pack clothing and linens in suitcases.

Wrap small items that can be easily lost in brightly colored tissue paper before placing them in boxes.

Clearly label each box with your name, its general contents, an arrow indicating which side is up, “Fragile” if contents are breakable, and which room each box belongs in. Refrain from noting anything valuable, such as silver, on the outside of a box.

Have area rugs professionally cleaned before your move. They will return from the cleaners rolled, wrapped, and ready for shipping.

Assigning color codes to label and corresponding rooms or family members can make unpacking quicker.

Use small boxes for heavy items, large boxes for light ones, and medium boxes for everything in between. Heavier items should be placed at the bottom, lighter ones on top. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pick up a box with ease, it’s too heavy.

When disassembling furniture, put hardware in a plastic bag and affix it to the corresponding piece (however, do not apply tape or any adhesives directly to polished or painted wood surfaces).

Never pack flammables or combustibles.