Anyone who has ever packed up an entire house will tell you that packing takes a lot of hard work and organization—and that’s just to box up your standard belongings. When it comes to transporting your fragile items? Well, that takes even more care and consideration.
Needless to say, you want all of your delicate belongings to make it to your new place in one piece. But, that can be easier said than done. So, here are five tips to help you successfully pack your fragile items.
1. Take Your Time
Packing up your easily breakable items takes time—and it’s not something you should try to rush through. That’s when you’ll end up dropping your wine glasses or that antique plate. So, make sure you set aside plenty of time to box them up. Approach the process knowing that it’ll take some time to do correctly—that means you’ll be patient and willing to tackle the project with the least amount of frustration.
2. Use Plenty of Packing Material
Your golden rule when boxing up your fragile belongings? The more cushioning, the better. So, gather everything you can—bubble wrap, plain newsprint, t-shirts, and towels. The more you use to protect your belongings, the higher the likelihood that they’ll stay in good shape. It’ll take you some extra time, but it’s well worth it in the end!
3. Collect Sturdier Boxes
You spent all of that time wrapping up your breakable items, and then you load them into a cardboard box. You carry the box down your driveway, and the bottom falls open—meaning all of the precious contents are scattered everywhere. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? This is why you’re always better off using a sturdier box (like a plastic bin) to transport your fragile belongings. You’d hate to put all of that effort into wrapping them, only to have them fall out and break anyway.
4. Label Accordingly
You want the moving process to be over as quickly as possible—meaning that you and your movers might try to move pretty fast with your boxes. However, you want to appropriately label your delicate items with a big, red “fragile” label so that everyone knows to handle those items with care. Remember to also place an arrow indicating which side is the top. You don’t want your breakables to be tossed upside down.
5. Keep Them With You
Movers are great for helping to take some of the pain (literally) out of your moving day. However, since they move so fast, they can be a little rough with your boxes—even if they’re marked fragile. For this reason, you might want to be the one who’s solely responsible for moving your breakables, particularly if they’re expensive or precious heirlooms. You’ll treat your items with more care than anyone else.
Moving can be a hassle, and finding a practical way to safely move your fragile belongings only adds fuel to that fire. But, it’s not impossible! Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to make it to your new place in one piece!
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