Hints from Heloise: Uses for zip-lock bags
We moved many times during my husband's career in the Navy, and zipper-topped plastic bags were my favorite pre-packing items.
In the kitchen, I bagged silverware and set it back in the compartments of the plastic holder in the drawer. All kitchen utensils went into plastic bags.
It was quick and easy for the packers to wrap paper around the bags, and at the other end, unpacking was a breeze, with everything sorted and clean.
Before discovering this method, we would unwrap the paper and have little odds and ends falling out and into the bottom of the packing box. For moves where they would pack dresser drawers, I put lingerie and socks in the bags.
Bathroom items were bagged so that not everything would smell and taste like soap.
Pens, envelopes, stationery and other desk items stay sorted and come through in better shape when put into plastic bags.
Susan from Texas
Having moved many times with my military family, I know how stressful it can be. Your hint will help many others, military and civilian alike. Thank you for writing.