31 Aug Anaheim Movers 9 Tips for Packing Your Kitchen Items
When it comes time to move, maybe you want to do some of the packing yourself, rather than hiring your Anaheim movers to do it all. This can be especially helpful if you’re on a tight budget. But when it comes to the fragile, often sentimental items in your kitchen – cookware, glasses, dishes, etc. – only a professional touch will do.
Luckily, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks for a professional packing job. With these nine tips, you can “professionally” pack your dishes at home.
1. Ask about insurance policies
Before you do decide to be a DIY packer, ask the Anaheim moving companies you talk with about insurance options. For the most part, movers will offer better insurance on items that they actually pack. Packing themselves, after all, ensures them that your items are actually packed tightly and well.
Packing your own items is fine. But if you need insurance or extra reassurance for some particularly fragile, expensive, or sentimental items, you may want to leave them to the pros.
2. Invest in better moving boxes
Used moving boxes from a friend or the local big box store can be a great way to save on your move. However, when it comes to your fragile dishes and glassware, this isn’t a time to cut expensive. With these items, you’re better off investing in heavy-duty boxes made specifically for packing items like these.
These boxes are made from thicker cardboard. They’re less likely to buckle under the weight of heavy items. And they also absorb more impact, ensuring that your items won’t break during the move.
3. Tape the boxes
Each time you prepare a box for packing dishes or other fragile, heavy items, tape the bottom of the box. Make sure the tape makes a cross shape on the bottom of the box, and runs up the sides of the box for extra stability. You can get away with not taping boxes that will hold lighter-weight items. But heavy items require tape on the bottom of the box.
3. Use newspaper
Newspaper is a great option for a packing material. It’s cheap, lightweight, and flexible. And it comes in large sheets, which are big enough to wrap most kitchen and dining items. However, printed newspaper can rub off ink on your items, meaning you have to clean them when you unpack.
If you don’t want to mess with this annoyance, invest a little extra cash into unprinted packing paper. It’s basically unprinted newspaper, so it’s similar in dimensions and feel to newspaper.
Another option is to use both. Use unprinted paper in situations where the paper will be right up against the glass or dish. Then, use printed, used newspaper to crumple up on the bottom of the box, or as a second layer of wrap around a favorite coffee mug.
4. Use your ears
You might think you can tell if a box is packed tightly enough by looking at it. And this is somewhat true. You want to be sure all the spaces are packed tightly. But you also need to listen to the boxes to ensure that you’ve put the proper amount of padding into the box.
If you can hear a clink when you set a glass into the box, or hear even a dull thump when you lightly shake a packed box, you need more packing material. Items that can make a sound against one another can also break one another during the moving process.
5. Use crumpled up paper in the spaces
In order to get a box packed very tightly, you’ll want to use some materials to fill in the spaces between items. Packing peanuts are one option, but they’re kind of messy and expensive. Another option is to just use wadded up packing paper to fill in the gaps. Yet another option for your kitchen and dining items is to stuff dish towels into the spaces. They have to be packed, anyway!
6. Wrap all the glasses separately
With glasses, bowls, and other small, fragile items, you’ll want to wrap each item separately. When you wrap a glass, start by stuffing a corner of packing paper into the inside of the glass. Then, carefully and slowly wrap the glass until it’s completely covered in packing paper. Larger glasses often require two pieces of paper.
7. Put paper plates between your dinnerware
Packing plates is easy if you make a tower in your box this way: paper plate, porcelain plate, paper plate, porcelain plate, and so forth. Properly-sized paper plates are the easiest padding option for your plates. And you can still use them when you move into your new home.
8. Move from heavy to light
To keep boxes from tipping over when your Anaheim movers move them, start each box by putting the heaviest item earmarked for that box on the bottom of the pile. Then, stack progressively lighter and/or more fragile items as you get near the top. This way, the heavier items won’t crush the more fragile items below them, and the box will naturally stay upright.