By ‘keeping everything together’ we don’t mean not having a breakdown, although it would help if you could avoid this! In this context, ‘keeping everything together’ simply refers to how certain things are packed. If you are packing your lamps, for example, it is always a good idea to remove the bulbs and make sure that you don’t pack them in box number 27 if the lamps are in box 6. By packing both components together the lamps can be assembled as soon as they are unpacked and will be ready for use.
Professional movers also recommend that any extension cords for electrical appliances are packed away with the appliance; again, this is to make life easier so that you can find what you need when you need it.
Perhaps you have dismantled something, such as a piece of furniture. What do you do with the screws and bolts that you have removed? These should be put in a strong envelope or plastic bag, which should then be taped to the piece of furniture. If you have taken down pictures then make sure that the picture hooks are packed with artwork.
An alternative to this is to have a ‘parts box’. This is where you put items such cords and cables, screws, picture hooks and brackets. This box will need to be easily accessible on the day of the house move; therefore, you should keep it with you when you are unpacking to make the whole process run smoothly.