Like trying to wrap gifts that aren’t in conveniently cube-shaped boxes, packing apartment decor is one of the more frustrating struggles you must undertake during the moving process.

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Whether you’re dealing with that oddly-shaped knick-knack from your Aunt Sue or that priceless antique mirror you absolutely love, figuring out how to transport your apartment decor from point A to point B can be a challenge. To make the process a little easier, try out these helpful packing tips:

Make the Tough Choices

Before you attempt to pack up everything you have strewn about your apartment, save yourself some time and effort by getting rid of things that you don’t need and don’t have sentimental value.

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That tiny box you bought on one of your spring break trips to Florida? Toss it. The cultural artifact you picked up during your study abroad travels? That’s worth saving. Make the tough choices, and the process of packing up your apartment decor will go much more smoothly.

Packing Tips for Paintings

If you have any paintings or valuable artwork on your apartment walls, handle it with care. If the painting is framed, simply wrap it with acid-free tissue paper, then bubble wrap, before placing it in a box lined with foam.

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Ensure that the box has 3 inches of space on each side of the frame, and pack the open areas surrounding the frame with newspaper or tissue paper until the painting is snug. An unframed painting should be wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and secured between two pieces of cardboard.

Packing Tips for Mirrors

To avoid contracting seven years of bad luck, make sure your mirrors are secure before the big move (you wouldn’t want them to break!). You have a few options here: Wrap the mirror in bubble wrap before securing the padding with tape; or, if you’re more budget-conscious, simply wrap the mirror in blankets before placing it in an appropriately sized box. Bonus: Now you don’t have to fill a separate box with blankets!

Packing Tips for Knick-Knacks

Chances are you won’t be able to find a box that’s specially designed for the knick-knacks lying around your apartment, so you’ll have to give them a bit of extra padding. You can wrap them in small towels and blankets before placing them in a box.

Be sure to fill the extra space with additional towels and blankets—you don’t want your tschotskes jostling about during the move! Be sure to label the box as “fragile” so the movers know to handle it with care.