There are many things to consider when having to move your home, making sure that all your belongings are properly packed is an essential part of that. Packing your breakables can be challenging, especially to the inexperienced. However, it can become quite easy if you follow this How to pack dishes for moving guide.
Moving your home requires a lot of investment and supplies are no small part in it. Thankfully, there are some tricks you can use to make this a cheaper and smoother experience.
The first thing you have to make sure you have are the proper supplies. The best packing boxes for dishes are called dish barrels. They are made of stronger material and can cost a bit more. You can use alternatives to pack your fragile items, like buying regular packing boxes or using old cardboard boxes that were left from your home technologies. Have in mind, that dishes, glasses and other Tupperware can be very heavy when stacked, so in order to risk less, use smaller boxes.
Another vital thing to have in mind when packing your valuables is making sure that there are no air pockets inside the packing boxes. You can use foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn” to fill in the space between your dishes, but those can be pricey. A cheaper alternative is buying wrapping paper, but relocating your home has various costs and if you would like to save even more, you can resort to newspaper. However, newspaper can leave very nasty ink stains on your breakables, so it is a good idea to wrap the inside layer of your dishes with appropriate wrapping paper.
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Wrapping and ordering your breakables
There are many ways you can wrap around your dishes, cups and mugs, but the most important thing to make sure of is that there are no bare spots left. All of your items have to be very well wrapped, using around three pieces of paper per layer, making sure that when you position your dishes in the box you hear no clanking sounds. Here is the order in which you should position your items:
- Put a significantly thick layer of paper on the bottom, that will act as a cushion.
- Place your dishes on the bottom. They are usually made from thicker porcelain and can withstand a bit more shock. The proper way to put them when packing is vertically, on their edges. Stacking items on top of them while they are put horizontally can crack them all by the time you have finished relocating.
- Put another layer of paper on top, separating your dishes with the next items.
- You can now position the cups and mugs. If you have more space and your box is thick enough to withstand the weight, you can put your crystal and thinner glasses on a third layer, separating the two with more paper. Make sure all of your breakables are positioned vertically.
- Before you close and seal the box, examine it and make sure there are a couple of inches space to the top. Fill that space with paper as well as you can. This will prevent your items from “jumping around” in the box.
- Put a label, saying “fragile” or “this side up” to inform the movers (and yourself) about the contents of the box.
Once you have your box filled and sealed, have one more look to make sure you packed your dishes securely. Always pack heavier breakables on the bottom. The heavier your dishes and glasses, the smaller your box should be. Make sure the bottom of the box is well sealed as it will be put under a lot of pressure.
In order for you to feel more comfortable, we have a devised a printable checklist that will guide you through the packing process of the rest of your items. Don’t forget that if you aren’t confident in your abilities you can always ask your relocation team experts to do that for you. This is it for our handy tips on how to pack your dishes safely. We hope we have been of good use to you and if you licked this article, don’t forget to comment on how your experience went.