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9 Top Tips for Packing Fragile Dining Items by Fullerton Movers

fullerton-movers-packingWhen you’re ready to move, you’re probably dreading the prospect of packing. In fact, packing is the least fun part of moving for many people. This is especially true if you’re hiring Fullerton movers to do all the heavy lifting later!

But when it comes to packing, the worst part is often figuring out how to properly pack your fragile kitchen and dining items. Serving dishes, plates, and glasses are often the most breakable things in the house. And they may also be among the most sentimental.

But with this handy guide to packing your fragile items, you don’t have to be afraid to get started. Here are great tips from Fullerton moving companies about how to pack your dishes, glasses, and other dining items:

1. Ask about insurance policies

Before you start packing, be sure to check with your Fullerton movers about whether or not they’ll insure the items that you DIY pack. Many moving companies offer one type of insurance coverage for boxes you’ve packed, and another type for boxes they’ve packed. If you have very fragile or sentimental items, it may be better to let the pros pack them so you get the most comprehensive possible insurance.

 

2. Upgrade your moving boxes

Any old moving boxes – or even trash bags – will do for clothes, linens, and many other lightweight, non-breakable options. But this isn’t the case when it comes to your dishes and glasses. In this case, you’ll want to purchase high-quality, heavy-duty moving boxes. They’re made from heavier weight cardboard that helps absorb the impacts during moving. This makes the items packed in these boxes less likely to break during the move.

3. Prepare the boxes right

Again, when it comes to lightweight, non-breakable items, you don’t have to worry too much about preparing a box. With heavier, more fragile items, you do. Start by taping the bottom of each box in an X shape, so that it’s properly reinforced. Then, put crumpled-up paper on the bottom of each box for even more padding where it matters most.

3. Use good packing paper

Some of the cheapest and most readily available packing paper is newspaper – especially if you can bum used newspapers from your friends and neighbors. You will, after all, need loads of packing paper. Unfortunately, newsprint can rub ink off onto your items, which can be a pain.

If you don’t want to mess with ink all over your glasses, buy unprinted paper for packing. It looks a lot like newspaper, and has the same smooth, flexible feel. But it won’t rub ink off on your glasses and dishes. And you can always use a combination of the two so you can meet your needs and your budget best.

4. Listen to each box

The best way to know if a glass, for instance, is wrapped properly is to listen when you place it in the box. If you hear a glass clink or a ceramic dish thud against another hard surface, you don’t have enough padding between those surfaces. It’s time to add more padding or another layer of wrapping.

When you get done packing a box, shake it gently from side to side. Again, if you can hear clinks or thuds, you need to add more padding to the box. The goal is to be sure nothing moves inside the box, even when the box is on a bumpy right with Fullerton moving companies.

5. Fill in all the gaps

In order to ensure that nothing moves in a given box, you need to stuff every possible space with either small items (paper-wrapped shot glasses are a great option for filling up space!) or crumpled up paper. You can also use packing peanuts, but they’re messy and more expensive than paper.

6. Wrap items separately

When you’re packing bowls, glasses, and other smaller, fragile items, wrap each item separately. Start by stuffing a corner of the packing paper into the inside of the bowl or glass. Then, start wrapping the paper around the glass or bowl. Larger glasses and bowls might need multiple wrappings of paper, but often, one will be enough.

7. Make a tower of the plates

Rather than wrapping all your plates separately, buy some thick paper plates. Then, make a tower inside a box of alternating porcelain or ceramic plates and paper plates. The plates will be perfectly-sized to pad the dinnerware, and it’ll be easier to pack the plates this way.

8. Keep the heavier stuff on the bottom

When you’re planning how to pack each box, start with the heaviest, heaviest-duty items on the bottom of each box. Then, work your way up to lighter-weight items. Don’t over-pack any one box so that it’s too heavy to comfortably pick up, either. Your Fullerton movers definitely wouldn’t be happy about that! Starting with the heavier items on the bottom means the box will naturally stay upright, and the lighter items won’t be crushed.