Dishes and glasses can some of the most challenging items to pack when you move. Not only are they small and fragile, but it’s not always easy to determine the best way to pack them safely in a moving box without the risk of damage. Luckily, there are some simple tips you can implement to make sure that all your plates, bowls, dishes, and glasses arrive at your new home in one piece. Follow the tips below to ensure that everything in your kitchen cabinets make the trip in one piece.
Use Padding When Packing
There are many ways to provide some extra protection when packing your dishes, but some of them are better than others. You may be tempted to use newspaper or other things that provide only a thin layer of support between and around your dishes, but more padding is always better. Bubble wrap can be a good solution when used between plates and bowls, as can towels and rags. If you have Styrofoam plates on hand, a quick and simple option is to pack plates with the Styrofoam in between so that they won’t break or crack when being transported in a moving truck.
Pack Like Items Together
It’s best to pack dishes and plates together in the same box and glasses in a separate box. Not only is it easier to pack similar items together, but it also reduces the chances of different shaped objects shifting against each other during the moving process. If you plan on wrapping dishes and throwing them in a box with your other belongings, you’re running the risk of damaging them during your move.
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Don’t Use Large Boxes
Dishes should never be packed in large boxes since they can add up to a lot of weight. Not only does this create risk in terms of the extra weight on the dishes at the bottom of the box, but there’s also the chance that the bottom could fall out of the box and ruin them all. Try to stick to small to medium size boxes and don’t be shy about using a couple additional boxes if you feel like one of them might be getting too heavy. It’s also a good idea to double tape the edges of the box to strengthen the weak points
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Be sure to label any boxes that contain dishes, glasses, or anything else delicate that could break as “fragile” on the box. If you’re hiring movers to help you, it’s also a good idea to communicate the information to them just to make sure that no accidents happen during loading, packing, and unloading. It’s equally important to label the boxes “this end up” after packing and taping up the boxes so that the dishes aren’t suddenly flipped in the opposite direction that you packed them.