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EXTRAS 44 how to pack safely BY CHUCK RESNICK When it comes to moving, a little common sense goes a long way in transporting your belongings to your destination so that they arrive in good shape and on time. C onsidering the impor- tance our “stuff” has in making us feel comfort- able in our surroundings, these items deserve special thought and care. Thinking ahead is the best thing you can do when it comes to making arrangements, packing, etc. Organization should be your mantra, effi ciency your goal. If you are doing the packing, look ahead to lifting, stacking and unpack- ing the boxes during your move. Peo- ple often run to the grocery or liquor store to pick up cartons, and then use newspaper as cushioning. Although this approach can save you a few dol- lars, in the long run, you may pay for it in stress, time and broken items. Common sense dictates that heavier items be packed in smaller boxes, and vice versa. Instead, think about purchasing cartons and packing paper from the professional mover you’ve chosen. The boxes come in uniform small, medium and large sizes, which are easy to stack in a moving truck or van. Trust me, this convenience is huge on moving day. Unlike news- paper, packing paper does not leave behind ink that then has to be cleaned during an already hectic time in your life. During the packing itself, be gener- ous with whatever you are using to cushion your things, especially frag- ile items. People often cram too much in each box in an attempt to keep the number of cartons down. As good as that sounds, it can backfire, as too many items with not enough cushion- ing may shift during transportation and damage each other. In addition, someone will have to lift each box and place it into the moving vehicle. Packing too many heavy items into one container can result in no one be- ing able to pick it up, or worse yet, the box breaking from the weight. Com- mon sense dictates that heavier items be packed in smaller boxes, and vice versa. And did I mention labeling? Again, a little common sense goes a long way to success at the other end. When you pack the moving vehicle, remember to place the boxes you’ll need fi rst, last—and label accord- ingly with the contents and which room it goes into. Even better, if you are driving to your next residence, place things such as garbage bags, tissues, dish liquid, etc. into the car. You should also carry valuables such as jewelry, your laptop, important pa- pers and the like separately from the bulk of your items. Another way to apply common sense to packing is to look at each item with the thought, do I really need or use this? Especially if you are mov- ing from a house into a condomini- um suite or apartment, paring down possessions is important. The fewer things you move, the less your move will cost in terms of time and money. And speaking of money, if your bud- get allows, hire movers to do your packing and transporting. We do this every day, and we have it all down to an effi cient system. Professional mov- ers want our moves to go smoothly as much as our clients do. Everyone is born with common sense, but few use it. If you are plan- ning a move, I encourage you to be one of those savvy few! Visit www. for a location near you. ■ Chuck Resnick is vice-president, marketing and operations at Two Men and A Truck – Canada ® . July 2–16, 2016