How to Prepare for Self-Service Packing 


Double Duty Movers and Portable Storage offers professional full-service packing services by certified Pro Movers. We provide all packing materials needed for all your household goods.

We offer partial service moving for customers who want pack, sort, and downsize their own belongings. Partial Service customers should Start packing 6-8 weeks prior move date, as it is so time consuming. Sort through household items and minimize duplicates. China cabinets, Christmas dishes, knickknacks, figurines, niche hobby collections, and other quality items can be packed early. These are seasonal items that you won’t need to use at this time. Make sure you label boxes and identify the room you want the movers to deliver the box, when we arrive to your new home or office. Find a place to stack your boxes as you finish packing them. I use a wall in a spare bedroom, or a wall in the garage to set them out of the way until moving day.

Pick a room and start organizing the items in the room. Sort the items according to type of material it’s made from. I like to wrap like materials together in same box, from same room. Books, bedding, clothing, crystal, China, casserole dishes, dinnerware, dishes, glass, glasses, linens, outdoor decorations, pots, pans, steel items, tin collections, toys, wicker, wood.

Use packing paper to wrap individual items before you place them in box, to protect them during moving. Put plenty of crumbled packing paper in bottom/top of the box to help cushion the items. All boxes should be labeled and packed tight. All flaps on boxes needs to be taped and taped together with packing tape to insure nothing falls out of the box during relocation. Stack boxes according to same size of the box, small, medium, and large. Place the heaviest box on the floor, and lightest ones near top of stack. Keep most fragile boxes in separate area so your movers can handle them with extra special care. 

  1. Small boxes accommodate heavy items such as books, dishes.
  2. Medium Boxes and dish packs accommodate dishes, glasses, and other items.
  3. Banker Boxes accommodate office files and other documents.
  4. Large boxes accommodate lightweight linens, pillows, bedding, and clothing.
  5. Wardrobes accommodate clothing on hangers in closets.