There are things that are easy to pack. Your socks, sweaters, and towels, for example. Then, there are those items that are pretty darn tricky to box up and take with you. Perhaps a piano, lamps, or your lawn equipment come to mind. But, it’s no secret that your dishes can present another real packing challenge.
Because you often have a lot of these necessities, and they’re typically very fragile, packing your dishes involves some extra care and attention. So, here are five tips for boxing up those pesky items and getting them safely to your new residence—without a single broken plate!
1. Wrap Items Individually
It may seem like a hassle, but taking your time when packing each individual dish will help to prevent any damage. Get a large pack of paper (or even a stash of old newspapers) and individually wrap each dish and piece of glassware. This will keep them from rattling against each other in the box, which causes scratches and chips.
2. Use Plenty of Padding
Obviously, dishes are fragile. So, tons of padding and cushioning is absolutely crucial. Put a nice layer of crumpled paper at the bottom of the box, to prevent any breakage when setting the box down. And, be sure to use crumpled paper to pad the space between the individually wrapped items for extra protection.
3. Utilize Styrofoam Plates
If you’re packing expensive china or prized family valuables, you’re likely extra anxious about bringing them on your move. To provide extra cushioning around your valuable plates, place a styrofoam plate on both sides before wrapping it with paper. Extra protection never hurts!
4. Don’t Be Cheap with Boxes
Imagine how frustrated you’ll be if you spend hours carefully packing your dishes and glassware, only to have the cardboard box bust open from the weight. Next thing you know, your dishes are shattered all over your driveway. For this very reason, it’s important to make sure you use sturdy, heavy duty boxes. Many moving companies carry an assortment of cardboard dish barrels for a minor extra charge. And, if you’re worried about your dishes, it might just be worth the additional cost!
5. Pack Boxes Full
Lastly, you don’t want to leave any space for your dishes to rattle around in the box and break. So, you need to make sure to pack your dish boxes full. Again, start with a layer of crumpled paper at the bottom. Place your dishes into the box, and fill in gaps with more crumpled paper. Fill the box up to about three inches from the top, and then pack another layer of crumpled paper at the top—until the box is packed extremely tight. Seal it up, and you’re good to go!
Yes, packing dishes can be a pain. But, using these tips will help to ensure your dish packing is efficient and effective—with no broken dishes to worry about!
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