Packing Tips by Montreal Box Depot

In general, start packing well in advance of your moving date. Usually 4-6 weeks ahead. Packing can be tedious and time-consuming. Don’t wait to the last minute!

Plan on what needs to be packed and determine the right amount of boxes and specialty boxes that you will need for a successful move. Decide on getting rid of any items and or furniture that you won’t need any more by donating them to your local community centers, thrift stores or Salvation Army. By donating, you’ll feel good knowing that someone in need can use your items. You may also want to hold a garage sale weeks in advance and make yourself a little extra cash. By having less to move when the professional movers provide you with an estimate, you’ll save yourself some money.


The general rule of thumb is not to over-pack and moving boxes should not weigh more than 50 lbs. Remember, lighter items such as clothing in larger boxes (4.0 cubic foot & 5.0 cubic foot) and heavier items such as books, cd’s, canned goods, kitchen items, etc. in smaller compact moving boxes (1.5 cubic foot & 2.0 cubic foot).

Seal your moving boxes with a 2” wide quality tape, top, bottom and sides with a minimum of two layers. This will help to keep your moving boxes from being crushed when stacked. Fill any voids with clean un-printed packing paper. This will also help to keep your hands clean and avoid having to wash all your dishes, when you un-pack.

Safety First: Do not pack matches, oil, oven cleaners, paint, aerosol cans, household cleaners, propane tanks, gas cans, and other flammable liquids in your boxes. Rather, bring them to your local eco environmental centers for safe disposal.

All fragile items and breakables, such as your dishware should be packed in a specialty box known as a china/dishware box. This box has been specifically designed for strength and protection. Plates and dishware should be interleafed by utilizing a 3/16”x 12” x 12” square, clear bubble wrap, bubble side up and should be packed on end in the vertical position. Try to avoid stacking plates and dishware on top of one another, without some type of protection or a cushion affect, as this will greatly increase the risk of breakage. Again, line the bottom and top with clean un-printed packing paper, crumpled, for added protection.

Mark all your moving boxes with a black marker, top and sides, for which room’s the moving boxes belong to. This will save you time from guessing which moving box has the items you’re looking for.

Glass table tops, mirror’s, paintings and picture frames should be packed in specialty boxes that are pre-printed fragile, this side-up, known as Picture/Mirror boxes. They come in various sizes, such as small, large to telescopic. These specialty designed boxes can also be used for flat TV-screens, using clear bubble wrap for extra added protection.

Wardrobe boxes come in all kinds of sizes from small (36” in height) to tall (45” in height) and come with a 24”strong steel bar that can hold anywhere from 50-60 hangers. These boxes are extra strong and are designed with convenient die-cut carrying handles. A wardrobe box protects your clothing from the dust and dirt that can be stirred up during your move. Once you’ve un-packed, you can always use these boxes to store seasonal clothes or winter coats.

Mattress covers are essential to protect your mattresses when moving. They help to protect them from the elements such as dust and dirt and at the same time are water resistant and stain resistant. Available in single, twin, double and queen/king sizes.

Last but not least, personal items should always stay with you when moving. Items such as jewelry, securities, cash, furs, personal papers and legal documents (birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds) coin and stamp collections and any other personal valuables.

When it comes to pets, have a friend, a family member or a neighbor to take care of them while you’re moving.If you follow these simple guidelines, you will be well on your way to a happy and successful move!