It’s not easy to pack a room that the family spends so much time in. But this guide has helpful advice and useful tips to help you break down the process of packing your living room or family room and make it easier.


Your professional movers will shrink wrap your large, upholstered items to keep them safe during your move, but you should talk to your Relocation Consultant in advance about any leather furniture items you may have. Couch cushions and pillows can be packed in large moving boxes, and the corners of your tables can be protected with cardboard pieces.

Audio and Video Equipment

Make sure your DVD players, CD players and record turntables arrive in proper working order:

  • Secure the laser on CD or DVD players using the transport screws on the bottom or back of the machine.
  • With turntables, secure the platter (the platform where you place the record) by tightening the screws that are included for this purpose. They may be on top of the turntable, but when in doubt, check the owner’s manual. Also, secure the tone arm using your turntable’s plastic lock or by tying a piece of string around the arm.

Packing Help: Remote Controls

You can either pack remote controls all together in a box labeled “Remote Controls,” or you can pack them in the boxes with their related equipment — whichever system makes more sense to you.


Speakers, receivers and tape decks usually don’t require servicing prior to packing. However, speakers should be packaged in well-cushioned dish pack moving boxes. Large or extra-heavy speakers will be padded and placed on the truck rather than being packed in cartons.


Some large TVs, such as big screen or plasma television sets, will need to be crated in advance of moving day. Be sure to let your moving company representative know if you have this type of TV.

  • Cancel your cable service and return the converter box (if you have one) before moving. Contact the cable provider in your destination to arrange cable service in your new home.
  • In your new home, be sure to choose a location for your TV that is on a hard surface at least 6 feet from where you normally sit to view it. Don’t place it in an enclosed space without ventilation..
  • Don’t forget about your external antennas!.
  • CDs and records should be packed standing on edge in the packing carton — NEVER flat — on top of a layer of crushed paper. Use large hardbound books or several layers of cardboard at both ends for support and stability, and top records or CDs with another layer of wadded up paper.
  • Mark the box “FRAGILE” and label it with the contents.
  • For records that don’t have jackets or album covers, wrap each in tissue paper or plastic wrap to shield it from scratches.
  • Pack records in smaller moving cartons — they’re heavy!
  • Cassette tapes should be placed in cases, wrapped individually in crumpled paper, and placed vertically or horizontally on crushed paper.
  • Books should be packed either flat or with the spine at the bottom of the moving carton — not spine-up, because that can damage the binding.
  • Books of the same general size should be packed together in small book cartons.
  • Individually wrap books that are valuable to you before packing them, whether because they are antique, expensively bound or have sentimental value.
  • Depending on how rare or irreplaceable your family photos, videos, negatives and slides are, you might want to carry them with you when you move instead of having them packed on the truck — and all the more so in hot weather or a humid climate.
  • Stand framed photos on edge in the packing carton and protect them with padding.
  • Label moving cartons of photographs and videos for easy identification.