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Duke City Movers Moving Organizer Albuquerque NM

The Duke City Movers Moving Organizer is here to help you get ready for your move, whether your a customer that packs their own move or you hire us or another company to do a full service move

Full Service Move vs Customer Packed Move

Deciding to pack your own belongings when moving all your things from one home to another is a big decision. The most important things to consider are how hard it is to pack, how long it will take and feeling confident you’ll pack everything properly so none of it breaks. People save money when they pack their own things, it’s a fact. Make sure you wrap every breakable item in packing paper one by one. Make sure you do not over pack boxes where they are so heavy that the packing tape may give out, the box opens, your things fall out and break.

Professional moving companies will work with you where you can do your move several ways including having them pack everything or you packing some things and having them pack the fragile items. The key is to have an open conversation with the moving companies giving you moving quotes and then weighing what strategy fits your needs for your move the best.

Packing Strategies

When the decision has been made to do a customer packed move create a list of all the items to pack all your things safely, pack them and make sure the boxes holding all your belongings are ready to move then the mover’s truck is at your door step. Everything you own in your home should be ready the night before the movers arrive. Otherwise you will be paying for the men from the moving company to stand around and that is a waste of your money. Logically leave the things you still need at your current resident and your new one unpacked so you can have access to them before and after your move.

What do you own has to be Packed Up by Professionals The moving company you hire will stretch wrap and pad all the big stuff like furniture, dresser drawers, beds and sideboards. Major items that require taking apart and putting back together such as full size pool tables should be taken care of by real moving professionals.

What Type of Boxes are Needed for Your Move? Quality moving materials including boxes, tape, packing paper and dish pack boxes will help you ensure your belongings arrive at their destination intact. Professional moving supplies are available for every type of item and they are designed to protect those items while being transported. Got Dishes in your Move? Get Dish Pack BoxesBoxes made with double-wall construction for moving dishes are available. Another component available is cellular dividers, which can be utilized to further protect your dishes, china and glasses. Featured below are a list of boxes available for moving:

Small Box (designed for books) – 1.5 cubic foot box People for description purposes think of a small box is a carton is that’s easy to lift for heavier items like novels and LP records. Medium Box – 3 cubic foot box

People for description purposes think of a medium box is a carton for things like kids toys, canned goods, pots and pans

Large Box (square) – 4.5 cubic feet box People use this size box for lighter items like sheets, towels, light toys and clothing. Large Box (rectangular) Large – 6.0 cubic feet box

People use this size box for lighter items like sheets, towels and wardrobe.

Wardrobe Box People use this size box, which includes a bar to hang clothes, for all their apparel. Mirror BoxPeople use this for mirrors and glass. Mattress BoxPeople use this box for their mattresses. Sizes available include king, queen, double, single and baby crib. One box is required for each mattress and box spring. Packing Supplies

    • Packing Paper
    • Bubble Wrap
    • Packing Tape
    • Tape Dispenser
    • Permanent Markers
    • Utility Knife and Scissors
    • Spiral Notebook for Writing Down Contents of Each Box
  • Wide Labels for Writing Down What Each Box Contains

Let’s Get this Move Going! First thing you need to do when starting your move is to wrap up your items in unprinted newspaper packing paper. To further protect your items you can add foam peanuts and bubble wrap inside the boxes with your pre-wrapped items.

Begin with setting up your supplies with the items you’re going to wrap on a table or counter. Wrap each breakable item in two or three sheets of paper. Place the item at a corner of the paper, then start rolling and folding until the sheet completely wraps around the item.

Big things or weird shaped things should be wrapped the same way. Start at the corner of the sheet and then keep rolling and folding until the item is securely inside. Repeat this technique 2 or 3 times. Don’t be stingy with the paper. Keep wrapping until each item feels protected.

On the bottom of each box place 2 to 3 inches of scrunched up packing paper to create a cushioned floor. Place the bigger items that weigh the most on the bottom and add the things that weight the least after until the box is full. Then add a couple of inches of scrunched up packing paper to the top for extra cushioning.

Symmetry is everything when it comes to packing. Place any item that is symmetrical like books vertically to take advantage of the shape. Make certain to not fill up any box with too many heavy things. Each box needs to weigh a weight that can be lifted without overstraining and putting anyone lifting it risk. Tape each box across the seam of the two lid sides together and then place a strip of box tape over each seam that is not covered on each side of the box

Packing Advice to Follow Begin with items that are not in season and then pack up things that you don’t use much. Lastly, pack the things required at your new home at the end.

  • Use packing tape during your move. It’s strong and break resistant.
  • User unprinted newspaper packing paper. It’s great for wrapping breakables and for adding cushioning to the bottom and top of each box where needed
  • Every box should be marked with the contents inside. Write down the room it goes to and what is inside the box. Write down ‘This End Up” and “Fragile” where logical on the outside of the box.
  • Keep box weights under 50 pounds each.
  • Remove items from each drawer and pack them all
  • Make certain that no liquids or items that can spill are included in the boxes to be transported.
  • Items that are delicate are to be packed with similar items. Don’t pack lifting weights with family china dolls.
  • Paired items should be boxed in the same box, it’s just logical. Items that have screws, bolts and connected required parts should have the parts bagged or taped inside the item where possible and taped on the item when taping the parts on the inside is not possible.
  • Fold and zip tie all electrical cords on all appliances along with taping the cord to the item where possible to prevent accidents or damage from occurring.
  • Wrap all breakable items in unprinted newspaper packing paper. Add cushion of scrunched packing paper on the top and bottom of each box for added protection of your belongings.
  • Layer boxes while packing with heavy items at the bottom and lightest things at the top.
  • Add scrunched paper between each set of items to give your things more protection.
  • The more cushioning that is added the better your chances are of nothing breaking inside your boxes with valuable breakable items.
  • Do not overload your moving boxes. However work towards a solid foundation from top to bottom in each box which will lower the chances of things breaking because they moving inside the box when it is being lifted or transported.
  • Tape each box very securely except the ones that have to be look at inside by your mover.
  • Write down what is inside each box on the outside on the side so it’s easy to see when it’s being stacked by you or your movers.
  • Write down what is inside each box in a spiral notebook. Numbering or coding each box is not a bad idea. Write your note about what each box contains with an indelible marker with a wide tip. Write your bill of lading number on the outside of each box if you know. Doing this will identify your box to you and the moving company that is it YOUR box.
  • Write down your name and room the box goes to on the outside of each box. Place at note on the door to each room at your new home or business that connects it to the label on the outside of the box to make it easier for the mover to take the box to the correct room.
  • Place a high priority note on the boxes you want to open first at your new home or business.

Packing Your Home by Type of Room Strategy

Storage Unit/Garage Storage units and sheds quite often have big items, heavy angular items that both have special features that require packing ingenuity. There might be belongings like dangerous chemicals like garden pesticides and gasoline which are not moveable on a moving van. Box up the moveable items accordingly and make sure each one that is boxed and wrapped is not so heavy (box up item(s) that are 50 pounds or less. Otherwise as long as the item does not contain flammable material you can move it in the moving van if there is space.

Mechanics Tools – Gardening Tools – Construction Tools

  • Pack garden tools in one group together. Power garden tools and construction tools with separate attachments should be taken off and packed by themselves. All flammable liquids in each tool has to be drained before boxing up.
  • Box up hand tools in moving boxes and protect them by filling entire box with scrunched packing paper. For heavier tools use the smallest box possible so that it is moveable.
  • Place old sheets or towels around tools with sharp edges.

Brooms, Rakes and Shovels

Work with your mover to pack these things up in one group or set in a moving pad.

Patio and Lawn Furniture

Take off the cushions and other attachments and pack them in large boxes. Be sure to label the box so you’ll know where the items are located.


Dry this item off completely and wrap it in moving pad. Tape it before wrapping it. Move the umbrella stand by itself without boxing it up.


Throw out any charcoal that’s inside your grill. Take off the propane tank. By law it is not allowed as part of your cargo inside your moving van.

Outside Belongings | Gear | Equipment

Prior to your big moving day take apart your swing sets, sheds that are coming with you and any other outdoor piece of gear that’s going on the moving truck. Make sure you attach the components like screws, bolts and nuts that hold your gear together in a bag and make sure you label which piece of equipment it belongs to so you when you put back together you have all the parts needed. Drain the gas from your weed whacker and lawn mower the day before it gets loaded up onto your moving truck.

Pots and Planters

Outside pots and planters if they are not plastic should be wrapped just like your plates and china, with packing paper on the bottom of the box, around the items and on top and around the item with plenty scrunched up unprinted newspaper packing paper. If the planter and pot is giant make sure your moving company can move it for you

Garbage Cans

Think about your current trash cans, look at them and decide if they are gross to just purchase new ones for your new place. Clean the garbage cans if you take them with you. You can transport your things inside your garbage cans, but don’t over pack them.

Cars and Trucks

Many people are not aware of this fact but moving companies are able to move your vehicle with your things.

Unusual Items Needing Transport to Inform Your Mover About

    • Jungle gym
    • Storage Shed
    • Trampoline
    • Moped
    • Mini-Bike
    • Snow Blower
    • Gas Leaf Blower
    • Gas Weed Eater
    • Riding Mower
    • Lawn Mower
    • Dog House
    • Kennel


Priority items like important business documents, legal papers and current business paperwork are critical to business owners. Separate these out and transport them yourself to safeguard them and guarantee their arrival at your new residence. List your belonging like computers, laptops an printers on your “High Value Inventory” form to ensure they are covered with sufficient and correct insurance during your move.

Personal Computers and Laptops

Data on each computer should be backed up to the cloud or onto an external hard drive to be transported by you. Accessories and peripheral cords and cables need to be placed in the same moving box and labeled properly so you’ll be able to hook your equipment back up easily at your new home.

Home Photocopier

Copiers that are bigger than desktop need to be serviced before your move by an office equipment expert.

Please do the following before your move:

  • Copiers with shipping secure device parts like shipping pins (these keeps moving parts in place during any transport of the device) need to be installed prior to your move.
  • Secure all external working parts in place prior to your move.
  • Remove the toner cartridge and the paper tray. Place these in boxes with plenty of packing paper inside on the bottom of the box, around each item and on top of each item to protect them.


Box up books in smaller boxes that are similar in size.

  • Pack the books with the spine of the book on the bottom of the box or flat.
  • Wrap valuable books in packing paper

Bathroom | Bedroom | Nursery Pack bedrooms that are used the least first. Have your kids set aside toys they want right away and pack the remaining toys in moving boxes. Use colored stickers on the outside of the moving boxes for the kid’s rooms so the kids can see which boxes hold their stuff. Movers will be able to tell which boxes go into the kid’s rooms.

Clothing| Clothes from the closets in the bedrooms in the home can stay on their hangars. That way it’s easy to hang the clothes in wardrobe boxes. If you’re not going to use wardrobe boxes to transport your clothes take the clothes out of the closet and lay them flat in medium size boxes with clean packing paper on the bottom and top of each box used for moving your apparel. Move furs separate from the moving. Heat or humid weather outside the moving van will destroy your furs.


Shoes can remain in shoe boxes and then moved into big moving boxes. For shoes not in shoe boxes move them by wrapping each shoe by itself and then placing it inside a moving box. Create cushion for your shoes by scrunching up moving paper and placing it throughout the box. Moving boxes with shoes in them should just be for shoes, nothing else, that way they do not get damage by being flattened by heavy items on top of them. Hats Hats in boxes are ideal for moving because the box protects the item. For hats without boxes scrunched up packing paper and place gently inside the crown of the hat. Place a layer of scrunched up packing paper on the bottom of the box to protect the hats. Pack your hats alone to protect them from being damaged. Write FRAGILE on all 4 side of the hat moving box.

Jewelry Fine jewelry valuables should not be packed inside your moving boxes. They will be the safest they can be if you hold them yourself until your move is complete and they can be placed in your new home in a secure location in it. Local security companies with armored truck service can transport your items to your new home if you don’t feel secure carrying them yourself.


Throw out your toiletry items like hair spray or deodorant if they are aerosol or transport them yourself. Any other bottles with liquid in them should be secured by taping them and then boxed up. Do not ship the box with liquids inside the moving truck. Towels, Linens and Bedding Linens like pillowcases, sheets, and blankets plus towels can be taken care of by putting them in big plastic bag and then placed in moving box with packing paper on the bottom of the box and the top of the box. Bedding and linens like sheets are really good to use as protective padding for all your favorite and delicate items.

Mattresses & Pillows Moving boxes are now available to transport mattresses and box springs. Using moving boxes will keep your box springs and mattresses clean and support the structural integrity of them during the move.

Bed Frame

Take apart your bed frames the day before your move and place all the hardware for it on a bag taped securely to the frame.

Mirrors Pack your mirrors in specially designed boxes for mirrors. If the mirrors are huge getting them professionally crated for your move may be necessary.

Draperies & Curtains

In the moving business it is a known fact that wardrobe boxes are perfect for moving curtains and draperies. To make them fit fold them over so they can fit in the box and hang them Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place the hooks over the hanger part of the box.


Your area rugs should stay where they are sitting currently. Your moving company will handle them and place them inside the moving truck. Rugs are the last thing to be loaded and the first items off the moving truck during a move.


Paintings, mirrors and pictures should be packed in mirror boxes. High end or high value art should be crated up by professional packing companies and shipped directly to your destination.

Stereo Equipment

Prepare CD players, DVD players and stereo turntables by securing the laser transport screw on the first two items and the toner arm on the turntable. Tie down the turn table with string or a rubber band if the plastic lock is no longer operational. In all instances refer to the owners-manual if you cannot determine how to secure any of the device.


Speakers should be pack in dish pack boxes with plenty of padding.


Big TVs should be crated before the day you’re slated to be packed up and moved. Inform your moving company ahead of time how many TV’s you own that are being moved on the moving truck. Contact your TV programming service provider to disconnect your current service and turn on service at your new location. Place all your remotes in one box and clearly label the box so you can find it and be able to use your TV’s and turn on your TV programming provider service.

Compact Discs, Tapes and Records

Place CDs and LP Albums upright on edge on floor of scrunched packing paper. Hold up a group of either with a book or cardboard to where there is full firm connection from side wall to side wall of the box so they don’t move around. Add scrunched packing paper on top to secure the entire load properly. Mark the box FRAGILE on all four sides.


Books should be packed in small moving boxes grouped in similar sizes, small books with small books and large books with large books.


Important memories family photographs, videos etc are best packed in a separate moving box so as to protect them. If you’re moving to a humid hot area of the country do what is necessary to protect these important family memories from being damaged by the elements. Transport the items yourself to your new home if possible.

Lamp Bases

Take off the bulb and lamp harp and wrap them in packing paper by themselves. Put them in moving box with plenty of packing paper to protect them. Pack the lamp base separately in several layers of moving papers.

Lamp Shades

Pack lamp shades with unprinted newspaper packing paper. Make sure the moving box used has space all the way around the lamp shade so you can add packing paper around it to cushion it. A protective layer of scrunched packing paper should be placed at the bottom of the box and on top of the lamp shade as well to protect the entire lamp. Write FRAGILE on all four sides of the box so anyone that moves it will know it is to be transported carefully.

Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades

A Professional packing company should be used to pack your fragile chandelier and glass shades in a well-designed build crate.

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

It’s best to consult with your moving professional about custom-made cartons and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface of an oil painting.


Each piece of furniture will be stretch wrapped by your moving professional.

  • Discuss your leather furniture with your mover before they stretch wrap any of the pieces.
  • Cardboard can be used to protect coffee table and dining room table corners.
  • Pack couch pillows in moving boxes. It’s easy, just do it.

Pool Table

Taking apart your slate pool table it is suggested by a professional crating company. Call another service provider to take the crate off, put your pool table together and level it.


Your homes special crystal and china quite often is stored in your dining room. Pack each item individually with 2 or 3 sheets of packing paper and then put them in a dish pack box with individual cellular dividers designed fragile stemware. List these items on your “High Value Inventory” form so that you make certain that you cover them with sufficient insurance coverage during the move.

China & Glassware

Pack each piece of glassware with two or three sheets of packing paper and the place them with plenty of padding between each item. Label the box FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP” on all four sides and the top of the box as well.

Flat China & Flat Glassware

Line the bottom of each moving box with scrunched packing paper. Pack each piece of china or flat glassware with packing paper and then pack a set of 3 pieces inside two layers of packing paper. Lay each set inside the packing box in neat symmetrical rows. Flat glassware should be wrapped and then placed inside the box on end to take advantage of the best way to pack these pieces. Place another layer of packing paper on top of the set of dishes to further protect the cargo inside.

Silver & Flatware Take care of your silver and prevent tarnishing by wrapping in packing paper.

  • Flatware should be packed in sets in packing paper in several sets in one box.
  • Pack silverware in a chest in a second box go further protect it.

Table Leaves

Move table leaves by packing them in pads and taping the pads securely. Do not tape the surface of the table leaf wood.


Pack your kitchen items that you don’t use much first as soon as your move is confirmed. From there as your move approaches pack your daily use dishes within a couple of days of your move. Start using paper plates, bowls and plastic eating utensils to make the transition to your new home easier.

Food Items

Toss out all your food items that can go bad before you move. You will also need to get rid of your cleaning supplies etc unless you can carry them in your car on the way to your new home if it’s only a short distance. You can box up all your canned goods, but toss out anything that is open in your refrigerator.