Place the heaviest items in the smallest boxes

By placing heavy items in small boxes, you will ensure you don’t end up with large boxes that are extremely heavy.  This makes the move safer, because there is less risk of injury when picking up boxes.  There is also less chance of the structural integrity of a box failing because it contains many heavy objects.  Remember to place the heavier objects on the bottom of your boxes.

Label the packing boxes well

Labelling boxes will help you keep track of your cargo and unpack it quickly.  You should label each box with large lettering in the following ways:

  • The room the box is going into (kitchen, bedroom)
  • The contents of the box (cutlery, plates, cups)
  • If the box is fully of fragile items mark it “fragile” in large writing
  • If the box is particularly heavy, mark it “heavy” in large writing


If you have the time, label each box on its top and at least two sides.  This will make it easy to identify each box.  You can also employ a colour coded system, using large stickers on each box.  For example, you could have all boxes with green dots go to the kitchen, all boxes with red dots go to the lounge room and so on.  Once a person has lifted a box labeled kitchen, they know that every green dot box is also kitchen — improving the speed that they can identify and move boxes.


Only use high-quality packing boxes
Packing boxes should be made from sturdy corrugated cardboard.  Ideally, they should be double-walled, which gives them additional strength.  Avoid using cardboard boxes that you find lying around your home, because they may be too weak to safely carry your possessions.  Using a weak cardboard box could lead to an accident that damages your possessions or causes an injury.