Small appliances need to be given special attention when moving because they can be easily damaged. They also usually have small detachable parts, such as lids, trays and power cords, that can be misplaced or lost in transit. Some appliances need to be packed in a certain way. Read the special packing instructions, if there are any, before packing.
Here are some useful tips on how to pack small packages:
1. Clean and dry the appliances:
Unplug the appliances from the power supply, detach all the detachable parts, and clean them thoroughly. Remove any debris, such as breadcrumbs and vegetable peels. Gently scrub both the inside and outside surface to remove dust, dirt and grime. Wipe them with a clean wet cloth. After that, leave them to dry completely.
2. Prepare the boxes:
Get some small to medium-sized boxes. Strengthen the boxes by sealing the bottom, sides and corners with tape. This will prevent them from collapsing under the weight of the appliances. Place a layer of crushed or crumpled paper at the bottom of the box and newspaper or plastic on the inside walls to provide a cushion.
3. Wrap the appliances or put them in their original packaging:
If you still have the original packaging materials, place the appliances inside them exactly the way they were when you first brought them home. They provide the best protection for your appliances. If you do not have the original packaging, then wrap each appliance using bubble wrap or a few layers of newspapers and secure it tightly with packing tape. This will prevent scratches and dents.
4. Put the heavy appliances at the bottom:
Now put the appliances in the box, starting with the heaviest items. Heavy items should always go first; otherwise, they may crush the smaller items under them. Place the appliances tightly so there won’t be any empty space for them to move and collide into each other when moving. Always put the detachable items (lids, cords, etc.) at the top. Make sure that you do not overfill the boxes.
5. Fill the empty pockets of space with crumpled paper:
When packing several items of different shapes and sizes in a box, there are bound to be empty pockets of space. Fill these pockets of space with slightly crumpled paper. This will prevent the appliances from moving and colliding into each other when in transit.
6. Seal the box with packing tape and label it:
Once the box is filled, seal it tightly with packing tape. If necessary, reinforce the bottom and corners to prevent the box from breaking. After that label the box and list all the appliances it contains on one side. You can use a plain piece of paper or a paper sticker to create a label.
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