How To Pack Dishes For A Move

Moving all of your worldly possessions to a new home can be a complicated task. With regard to fragile or delicate items, great care must be taken during the packing process to ensure that nothing gets broken or destroyed during the move. Dishes and glassware are particularly vulnerable to breakage during a move, so it is critical that these items are prepared properly. Here are some great tips on how to pack your dishes so they arrive safely at your new home.

How To Pack Dishes For Your Big Move

Build A Soft Foundation In Each Box

The main objective in moving delicate objects is to cushion them against impact. Before you start packing your dishes, line the bottom of each box with a soft cushion of paper. Instead of using thin newspaper, secure a bunch of heavy packing paper that can be crumpled into soft folds. This strategy will go a long way in protecting your dishes against any bumps along the road or items shifting during transit.

Protecting Glassware

A proven strategy as it relates to protecting glassware from damage during a move is to place the heaviest pieces on the bottom of the box, while reserving the top area of the box for lighter, more fragile items. Thicker glassware such as large mugs or mixing bowls will travel well on the bottom of the box, while wine glasses and coffee cups should occupy higher space. Of course, no matter what kind of glassware you have to move, be sure to protect all of it by properly wrapping each item with heavy paper or bubble wrap.

Filling The Void   

Delicate glasses and cups will travel more safely if you pack paper inside of them before they go into the box. By filling the empty space in fragile glassware, items are more resistant to impact damage.  It might take a little longer to put paper in each cup or glass, but it will be well worth it when everything arrives at your new home in one piece.

Packing Plates For Moving

If you want to ensure that all of your plates will make it to your new home damage free, take the time to wrap each one in heavy paper. It might seem like overkill, but simply just stacking unprotected dishes on top of one another in the box could be a recipe for disaster. Remember that impact protection is the main goal when moving glass dishes.

Label Each Box For Special Handling

By the time that moving day comes and the truck is parked in the driveway, it can be difficult to identify the contents of all the boxes that you just packed. Not only is it a good idea to label each box for easier, more organized unpacking activities later, but it is also especially important for the ones that contain delicate, glass pieces. By putting “fragile or “handle with care” on these boxes, your movers will know to handle them very carefully.

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Preparing to move dishes and glassware properly can be extremely time consuming and challenging. However, it will be time well spent when all of your fragile items arrive at the new home in perfect condition. By building a soft foundation of in each box, putting heavier items at the bottom, filing the inside of glasses with paper to avoid impact damage and labeling each box as “fragile”,  you will be well on your way to a successful move with your glass possessions.      

Happy Moving!