In the second edition of our series “Unusual items and how to pack them,” we’re tackling another set of curious objects that people struggle to box up and move (find the first in this series here). Read on for tips and tricks, and let us know in the comment box below what strange possessions you’ve had to pack!

Dried flowers

Dried flowers are maddeningly delicate, which means you’ll have to take extra care if you want them to survive the trip. Depending on the size of your arrangement, you can use a strong florist or dress box, or opt for a larger cardboard box. Choose the thinnest, lightest tissue paper you can find and create a “nest” for your flowers to sit comfortably and securely. Tuck cone-shaped arrangements into an upright position, with the base snugly situated in the paper. All other shapes should lie flat and evenly. Tape your box closed and write “Delicate. This side up.” on the top. Remember: Don’t ever pack anything on top of your bouquet!

Fiddle leaf fig trees (and other indoor plants)

Although indoor plants are a common occurrence, moving them — and ensuring they survive the move — can get a bit tricky. First, you’ll need to check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources to see if there are any restrictions or guidelines for moving your plants. Many states, particularly Florida, have strict laws to protect vegetation within their borders. A few weeks before move day, re-pot plants into unbreakable plastic containers of the same size and get rid of dead branches or leaves. If you have a larger tree, use a soft, clean rag to clear away any dust that’s accumulated on the leaves. The day before you move, carefully place smaller plants in sturdy cardboard boxes and stuff newspaper around the pots. You can use wood crates for larger plants. Water the soil well before taking off, and make sure that the plants won’t be in either extreme heat or cold environments on the way to your new home. When you move in, re-pot the plants in their original containers and avoid moving them for several weeks to ensure they get acclimated.

Artificial Christmas tree

If your family’s beloved artificial Christmas tree emerges from the dreaded depths of your garage or from a dusty closet corner during the packing process, have no fear — a few simple steps will allow you to safely transport your family’s holiday staple to your new home. Disassemble the various pieces of the tree, and gently compress the branches upward and toward the middle in each section. Envelop each piece tightly in plastic wrap, and use thin rope to secure the pieces. When you’re done, these should fit nicely into a long, thin box for easy transportation. While you’re at it, use egg cartons, bubble wrap and newspaper to pack your ornaments.

We would love to know what item gave you the most trouble when packing! Leave a comment in the box below, and give us a call if you need moving advice or help!

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