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Moving is, for the most part, an exciting time. But it can also be quite taxing. From arranging the movers to getting the cardboard boxes, from packing the items to keeping track of everything… moving from a place can reduce your mental capacity to shreds if not handled properly. But knowing how to pack dishes for a move can considerably lighten the load.
If you don’t take proper care when packing up, you can end up with quite a mess when you unpack. This is especially true of dishes. If you don’t pack them properly you will end up with broken pieces at worst, and with chipped edges at best. Because chip they will, so it’s better to go the extra mile and pack them up properly so you don’t damage that fine bone china you like so much.
It’s very tempting to just stack things together and then put a sheet of wrapping paper around them and call it a day. Or to stack your non-stick pots and pans in a box, thinking no harm will come. The items will rub and bang against each other, sustaining scratches and chips along the way.
It won’t do to get to your new place, unpack the boxes and find your favorite mug chipped or the stem of your precious wineglass broken. Do you want to lose that china that your grandmother gave you?
Packing Tips to Practice When You Move
A few things to keep in mind when packing dishes:
- Try to use proper dish boxes. The extra padding will serve to protect the edges of your dishes. You can use medium-sized boxes for pots and pans.
- Use plenty of packing paper. Don’t hold back; crumple it up to get as much padding out of it as possible. Line the bottom of the box securely.
- Use towels and bubble wrap so your dishes don’t bang up against each other. This will protect them from chipping and cracking.
- Make sure no empty spaces are left in the box. Do this by using towels, packing paper, and wadded up cloths. Put the heaviest items at the bottom.
- Don’t overload the boxes. Make sure you’re not burdening the box beyond its capacity. A few extra boxes will save your dishes as too heavy a box might end up slipping out of a person’s hands.
Let’s take a closer look at exactly how you should pack your dishes as you move so you don’t lose your precious china.
Things you need to pack dishes properly
Following items are quite essential when you pack dishes for a move:
- Boxes, small and medium
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
How to pack dishes properly: Step – by – step
If you follow a set pattern religiously, you will end up with a perfectly packed set of dishes that will be easy to move and will be easy to unpack as well. Moreover, you won’t lose the saucers to your cups!
1. Make sure that when you assemble the boxes you use plenty of tape so there aren’t any nasty incidents. Use tape generously yet wisely so the bottom won’t give way under the weight of the items.
2. Line the boxes with plenty of paper for cushioning. You can also use bubble wrap or towels. This will ensure that if someone sets the box down a bit too roughly you won’t end up getting your dishes damaged.
3. Lay the packing paper out and wrap the plates individually carefully. Secure with tape. Stack them carefully in dish boxes, and make sure you don’t put heavy items on top. Wad up packing paper and plug any empty spaces.
4. Fill the cups and mugs with packing paper, then wrap them up carefully. Stack them in boxes with care, cushioning with towels where needed.
5. Fill the glasses with cotton balls or crumpled paper to provide support, then wrap carefully in wrapping paper. If the glass is stemmed, crumple the paper around it until you can’t feel the edges. Be sure to line the boxes with towels if possible so you leave just the right amount of wriggle room; no more, no less.
6. Any especially fragile items you have, like crystal glasses or bone china, can be wrapped more securely in bubble wrap. Bubble wrap will mean fewer items per box but will serve to protect your precious items well.
7. Wrap your pots and pans in sheets so they don’t sustain scratches from rubbing against each other. These can go into regular, medium-sized boxes. (It’s very important to do this since your non-stick pans can end with gouges that will be deep enough for you to have to toss them out.)
8. Carefully tape up the boxes and label them. Labeling is very important so you know exactly where everything is. You might think now that you’ll remember, but you won’t. Proper inventory will help you unload the boxes precisely where they need to be and you won’t end up hunting for your plates to serve dinner in time.
9. Don’t forget to mention ‘Fragile’ on the boxes. While you’re at it, go ahead and write which side should be up as well. Make sure to write visibly and legibly, so anyone can see and read easily.
10. Load your boxes very carefully in the moving van. Yes, you have secured them well, but a little extra care never hurt anyone.
And you’re done!