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The information below provides proper packing techniques for many of your valuable household items. Using this information will ensure that your items are packed in the most secure manner and will reach their destination safely.

Fine China & Glassware Flat China & Glassware Bowls & Odd Shaped Items
Cups Silver Figurines & Other Delicate Items
Fragile Items Artificial Flowers Lamp Bases
Lamp Shades Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases
Books Photographs Compact Discs, Tapes & Records_
Clothing_ Linens & Bedding Draperies & Curtains
Major Appliances Small Appliances Tools
Outdoor Equipment Food Household Electronics

Fine China & Glassware

Use a dishpack carton -- an exceptionally sturdy corrugated carton of double- wall construction -- for china, glassware and other fragile items less than 18 inches in size. Unless cartons of similar strength and construction are available, you might want to purchase several dish packs from your GO MINI'S dealer.
  Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually in clean paper. Using several sheets of paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in overlapping edges. A double layer of newspaper serves well as an outer wrapping. A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and glassware. Packed cartons should be labeled, FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP.

Flat China & Glassware

Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the lowest layer in a dish pack.
  Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece individually then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of newspaper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge.
  Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level.
  Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.

Bowls & Odd-Shaped Items

Depending on their weight, these might be used either as the bottom or middle layers. Wrap the same way as flat plates.
  Stand shallow bowls (soup plates, etc.) on edge in the carton and deep ones (such as mixing bowls) nested two or three together, upside down on their rims.
  Wrap sugar bowl lids in tissue, turning them upside down on top of the bowl. Then, wrap both together in clean paper, followed by an outer double layer of newspaper. Wrap cream pitchers in clean paper and then a double outer wrapping. Place sugar bowls, cream pitchers, sauce containers and similar pieces upright in the carton. Complete the layer as for plates.


Even when using a dish pack for china, wrap cups individually, protecting handles with an extra layer of paper. Then, pack cups upside down.
  If not using a dish pack, wrap cups as previously described in a double layer of paper and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the same direction. Complete the layer as for plates.


Because air causes silver to tarnish, all silver pieces should be enclosed completely in clean tissue paper or plastic wrap. Holloware -- including bowls, tea sets and serving dishes -- should be wrapped carefully as fragile items and packed like china.
  Loose flatware may be wrapped either individually or in sets, and in clear plastic or tissue.
  If silverware is in a chest, you still might want to wrap the pieces individually and reposition them in the chest. Or, fill in all empty spaces in the chest with tissue paper or paper towels. Wrap the chest with a large bath towel.

Figurines & Other Delicate Items

Wrap first in tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue. Then, wrap carefully in newsprint that has been crushed and flattened out. Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning.
  Small mirrors, plaques and pictures should be wrapped individually in tissue paper. A bath towel or small blanket makes an excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass. Place items on edge in a carton.

Fragile Items

Use a material called bubble pack (plastic with bubbles) for exceptionally fragile items. If an item is extremely valuable and fragile, you may want to consider not packing it with other items in the GO MINI container.

Artificial Flowers

An arrangement of artificial flowers should be packed in its own carton. Wrap carefully in plastic wrap, tissue paper or paper towels. If possible, fasten the base of the floral piece to the bottom of the carton. Label the carton FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP.

Lamp Bases

After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in newsprint. (Use paper pads for large lamps.) Place them together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. More than one well-cushioned lamp may be packed in a carton.

Lamp Shades

Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper. Carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
  To allow for movement, use a sturdy carton at least two inches larger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer, but not around the shade. A small shade can be nested inside a large one, if you are sure they will not touch. Only one silk shade should be placed in a carton to avoid stretching the silk.
  Do not pack other items with shades. Label cartons LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE.

Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases

All are easily damaged. Glass might shatter, and marble slabs can crack at veins. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.
  It is best to consult with GO MINI'S about packing these items. Custom-made cartons and crates may be purchased for items of this kind.


Pack them either flat or with the spine touching the bottom of the carton. Do not pack with spine facing up, as glue can break away from the binder. Pack books of the same general size together.
  Expensively bound volumes or those of special sentimental value should be individually wrapped before packing.
  Because books are heavy, be sure to use small cartons.


Family photographs, videos, slides and negatives should be packed in separate cartons rather than being combined with other household items.
  Protect framed photos with padding and cushioning, standing them on edge in a carton. Label cartons clearly for easy identification.
  If possible, we suggest that irreplaceable items and/or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed in your GO MINI.  This is especially important if you choose to store your GO MINI.
NOTE: These items are loaded or stored at your own risk.

Compact Discs, Tapes & Records

Remove these items from the stereo or storage cabinet. Keep in mind records are heavy and should be packed in small cartons.
  If records are not in jackets, wrap individually in tissue paper or plastic wrap to protect them from being scratched.
  Stand compact discs and records on edge, never flat, on a layer of crushed paper. Support at both ends with a large, hardcover book or several pieces of cardboard cut to fit. Top with another layer of crushed paper. Identify contents on the outside of the box and mark FRAGILE.
  Cassette tapes should be placed in the protective plastic box in which they came, if possible, and then wrapped individually in crumpled paper. Place individual tapes either vertically or horizontally on a couple of layers of crushed paper.
  These items may be sensitive to extreme temperatures.  We suggest that you do not load these items in the GO MINI if you choose to store it.
NOTE: These items are loaded or stored at your own risk.


Clothing left on hangers and placed in wardrobe cartons purchased from GO MINI'S is the best method for packing your clothing. Each wardrobe carton will hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers.
  If wardrobe cartons are not used, each garment should be removed from its hanger, folded and placed in a suitcase or a carton lined with clean paper. Some lightweight clothing -- such as lingerie and sweaters -- may be left in bureau drawers.
  Hats may be left in hatboxes and placed in a large carton. Or, stuff the crown of each hat with crumpled tissue paper; wrap tissue loosely around the outside and place in a carton lined with clean paper, with the heavier hats on the bottom. Don't pack anything else with hats. Label the carton FRAGILE.
  Footwear may be left in shoeboxes and placed in a large carton. Or, wrap each shoe individually and then in pairs. Footwear should be cushioned to avoid damage to heels or ornaments. Don't pack heavy items on top of shoes.
  It is recommended that you take your furs with you.

Linens & Bedding

Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases and other linens may be protected by a large plastic bag and packed in a carton that has been lined with clean paper.
  Wrap your most prized linens in tissue. Also, linens and bedding are good for cushioning or padding many types of items.
  Special mattress cartons in various sizes are available from GO MINI'S. Pillows may be placed in bureau drawers or packed in cartons.

Draperies & Curtains

Clothing wardrobes are ideal for moving curtains and draperies. Fold them lengthwise, place over a padded hanger, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe.
  Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap.

Major Appliances

Pre-move preparation is required for many major appliances. Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for movement.

Small Appliances

Items such as clocks, small radios and other small appliances should be wrapped individually and packed in a carton cushioned with crushed paper.
  Small clocks, transistor radios and similar items can be packed in the same carton with linens or as extra items with lamp bases. Make sure cords are wrapped so as not to scratch or otherwise damage items.
  Steam irons should be emptied of all water, wrapped and placed in the cushioned bottom of a box.
  Remove all batteries from small appliances before packing.


Long-handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, should be bundled together securely. Attachments should be removed from power tools and packed separately.
  Hand tools may be left in tool boxes and the spaces filled with crushed paper, or they may be packed according to general packing rules. Always use small cartons because tools are usually heavy.

Outdoor Equipment

Dismantle children's swing sets, TV antennas and garden sheds. Gather pieces and bundle together with nylon cord. Place small hardware in a cloth bag and securely attach to corresponding equipment.
  Prepare lawn mower and other gas powered equipment by draining gasoline.


Open boxes of dried or powdered foods such as rice, macaroni and cereals should be sealed with tape. Small containers of herbs and spices, condiments, bouillon cubes, gelatin, flavorings, etc. should be placed together in a small box before packing in a large carton. Cover holes of shaker-type containers and seal with tape.
  Since canned goods are heavy, the amount placed in one carton should be limited.

Household Electronics

Home computers, microwave ovens and stereo systems require special care to ensure they arrive at destination safely. If you saved the original cartons and packing materials in which these items arrived, it is best to repack using those materials. Should you not have these materials, you might want to contact a store selling your particular item and ask if discarded packing materials are available.


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