When considering the scope of work you have ahead of you as you prepare to pack for an upcoming move, your larger collections can be a challenge. Regardless of what your collection consists of (movies, books, figurines, ect.), these thing can all be considered fragile and you will want to take care when packing them.
Follow the 5 tips listed below to insure the safety of your collections.
- Sort before you start
Regardless of how organized your collection may be, go through and sort through items that you may no longer want or need and start making a new collection called donation or resale.
You may also want to consider testing all the CDs & DVDs with visible damage to make sure you’re not packing and moving items with no value to you at destination.
Pack and uncommon media equipment & mediums separately from your collection to be sure they are all packed properly (i.e. DVDs and VHS tapes should be packed separately).
- Use Protective Cases
If at all possible, pack your collection in its original packaging for transport. These cases/boxes were specifically designed to protect the contents inside and will help in shielding the most fragile part of the item from jostling or impact.
Additionally, these cases simplify your organization and labeling efforts by making it simple to identify each item when you unpack.
In addition to added protection, the original packaging with help you and your organizing efforts when unpacking!
- Line Your Media Boxes
Lots of the potential damage that may impact your media library during transit comes from pressure on the sides, bottom, or top of the box. To reduce this pressure and therefore diminish the risk of crushed or shattered discs, line your boxes well before packing.
Use crumpled butcher paper, packing peanuts, or newsprint along the bottom of your box before you start packing anything into ANY box for that matter. Additionally, fill in any gaps with paper, including those that may exist between the upper items and the box lid.
- Pack Spine Up
Once your box is lined, prepped and ready, you can start placing your media library items into the containers. As it is with all things fragile, refrain from laying items flat in the box. Instead, stand them up on their edge, SPINE UP.
When packed like this, you allow for the least amount of strain on the case and its contents during transportation while providing the additional benefit of easy item identification.
Pack all of your cases of one size before moving to your next media medium. For example, you could pack Blu-Rays, DVDs, and PlayStation games in the same box, but wouldn’t want to line regular CD cases up with these items.
Take extra care when packing items that don’t have a lot of protection, such as records in paper sheaths. You may need to use more padding to make these containers safe for these vulnerable items.
- Label & Load with Detail
If your media library takes up more than one box, it may be easy to get items mixed up. Refer back to your organizational system to ensure that each container receives the appropriate labels. For example, if you organize by release date, it may be useful to label boxes “DVDs 1970-1995,” “DVDs 1995-2017,” and so on.
Whether you plan to load things yourself or have professional movers handle the heavy lifting, ensure that your media library boxes stay on top of any stack that they become part of. Media items do not have a lot of heft and can, therefore, be crushed by heavier items easily.
In addition to identifying labels, be sure to clearly designate each of your media library boxes as FRAGILE and TOP LOAD.
Use these guidelines to ensure that your media collection arrives at your new home ready for family movie nights, video game marathons, and sing-a-longs.
At Hart Moving & Storage, we have experience with moves of all types and sizes. Our specialists will be happy to help with your upcoming relocation!