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Packing Electronic Items

When it comes time to start packing up all of your belongings, it’s always best to be aware of which items in your house will require the most care when packing them up into boxes. One of the categories of items which will require special care and attention is your electronics. Since many of your electronic items are probably expensive and fragile with a lot of different delicate parts and pieces, following these set of tips on how to properly pack your electronics while keeping them protected, will be your best course of action.

The first item that should get special treatment is your computer. Before you even think about packing your computer though, you should back up all the information on it to CDs or a flash drive just in case anything is damaged in transit and you lose all of your precious files.

The next step is to remove all of the wires connected to the computer, making sure to carefully label each one before you pack it away, so you know where it needs to go when it comes time to reassemble it again. You can do this by wrapping a piece of masking tape around the wire, labeling which part of the computer it connects to. Bundle all of the wires together with twist ties or zip ties to keep them neat and organized.

After all of that is taken care of, you can now pack the computer. The best kind of box to pack your computer in is the original box that it came in, if you still have it. If you don’t still have the original box, make sure to wrap your computer in paper padding before you pack it into its box to make sure it fits snugly inside of the box. You want to minimize the chance of it shifted around in the box during the move, thus preventing any damage.

Next, are CDs and DVDs. These should also be packed in their original packaging, if possible. Then, in the boxes, stack them in rows starting at the bottom of the box. In between each layer, place a piece of packing paper to cushion them during the move. If you have filled the box and you have extra CDs or DVDs, you may place them flat on top of the others in the box, making sure that the box is packed tightly and snugly to prevent any items from shifting.

The next items that you will need to pack are your lamps. First and foremost, you will need to separate the lampshades from the lamps. If you can stack the lampshades together and they fit with each other, you can pack all of the lampshades away together in a separate box, along with crumpled packing paper to provide some cushioning if the shades are delicate.

Then, you will need to wrap the harps and light bulbs in packing paper and pack them in a separate box as well. Lastly, gently wrap the body of the lamp in packing paper or packing pads and place it upright in the box along with crumpled packing paper on all sides to serve as cushioning and to prevent the lamp from shifting and breaking during the move. Make sure to label the box “Fragile” and don’t stack any heavy boxes on top of it.

Lastly, your small electronic appliances should be packed in their original packaging, just like the computer and CDs. This is the best way to ensure that they will not be damaged during the move. If you have the original boxes, and the items are packed away, you may then pack these smaller boxes together into one larger box to minimize the items you or your movers will have to carry. Make sure they fit together snugly though.

If you don’t have the original packaging, you’ll have to pack them in moving boxes, with a lot of crumpled packing papers added to provide proper cushioning for the items. The more delicate the item is, the more packing paper you should add.

Also, the heaviest items should always be placed at the bottom of the box, with the smallest ones being stacked on top. Wrap all the pieces of each appliance separately to prevent damage during the move and pay extra attention to any sharp or especially fragile pieces.

Finally, make sure to label all of the boxes, and indicate whether or not they are fragile.
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