Packing can be frustrating in any situation, whether it’s for a trip, a move or clearing a room to start a renovation project. There are a number of options for protecting your valuables during a move or renovation to make sure that everything stays in one piece.
Everyone loves bubble wrap. It’s fun to pop and does an excellent job at protecting fragile items during a move. The best way to use it is to wrap it around the object with the bubbles facing in. This will keep the object in place and cushioned during transit. Just be sure to tape it securely, as well. Foam peanuts can add extra protection when boxing up such items. Bubble wrap alone won’t keep it from moving around inside the box. You will need to use more peanuts than you think you do, so make sure you fill it to the top and stamp it down. The peanuts will fill the crevasses around your valuables.
The problem with foam peanuts is that they are not biodegradable. Fortunately, there are new products to replace them that provide the same protection, but are better for the environment. Canadian company, Paper Nuts, manufactures just that: packing nuts made of paper. They are made from 100 per cent recycled paper and are reusable and compostable. “For delicate and breakable items Paper Nuts must fill bottom and sides of the box as well as in between each item,” states Joanne Secord, owner of Paper Nuts. “The box must be slightly over filled to allow the interlocking process to take place.” They also produce a bubble wrap substitute called PackIt Paper that has indents that won’t pop like bubbles do. The paper is strong, yet flexible for wrapping.
Moving can take a lot out of you, especially out of your wallet. By using simple household items, you can relieve that stress and cushion your things at the same time. Towels and blankets come in handy for wrapping dishes, lamps and mirrors. If you’re worried about static, add a dryer sheet to the boxes containing electronics. That will keep your things working properly. Newspaper is also a cost effective solution for packing. However, the ink can stain some items, so plain newsprint is best. You can even use shredded paper for filling the gaps in your boxes.
By Meagan Dieroff