Top Up the Box 
If you have some room left in the top of your box, you can use a variety of light-weight linens to fill the empty space; pillow cases, pot holders, oven mitts, hand towels, face cloths, place mats, table cloths and dish towels.

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These items will fill the space and provide extra protection in case the contents shift during your move.

Quick Trick: Use Shredded Paper to Protect Your Belongings
Almost everyone owns a paper shredder and if you don't, it might be worth the small investment to not only protect yourself from identity theft, but also to make your own packing material.

Gather up all your old magazines, office paper, old essays and reports; paper items you were going to recycle anyway. Remove any staples or paperclips, and then shred the documents one by one.

Shredded paper makes a great insulator against bumps or shifting contents. I use it to line my boxes before placing wrapped, fragile items on top. Not only will your things arrive in one piece, but you've gotten rid of a lot of extra paperwork! 

Have plenty of supplies.
Don't make me say this twice-- you'll need LOTS of boxes--probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing and cleaning supplies. You'll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. Again, you'll need a lot more supplies than you think, so get extra supplies so the packing can go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.  

Utilize wardrobe boxes.
These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Call your mover to ask the width of the wardrobe boxes they'll be bringing. Then measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you'll need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets or gift wrap tubes.

Don't make the boxes too heavy to lift, however. One mover told the story of someone who put a bowling ball in a wardrobe box! When the box was lifted off the truck the bottom gave way, sending the bowling ball on a wild ride down the ramp, across the street to the gutter, then down a hill where it finally came to rest in a roadside ditch. (Is that a strike or a spare?)

Strategize wardrobe box use.
Moving companies will be happy to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day. Or if you're doing the move yourself, get things organized as early as possible. A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags, and then add your hanging clothing. Pack hanging items tightly so things won't move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You'll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottom of a tall wardrobe box.

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