Balboa Movers 7 Steps for Better Packing Your Dishes

balboa-movers-packersAround moving time, most people begin to dread the packing process. It takes lots of time, and there’s always the chance that your most important fragile items will break during the move if you don’t do things right.

Luckily, packing fragile items like dishes and glassware isn’t that hard. You just need to take your time and use a few tricks to get it right. Here’s what you need to know about the seven steps to pack your dishes and glasses:

Ask first

Before you assume that you can’t afford for Balboa moving companies to pack your home, ask around. You might be surprised at what you find. Plus, many Balboa movers will allow you to customize your moving package. They’ll let you pack some of your home, while the professional movers pack the rest of your items. This can save you money and save you from having to pack the most frustrating rooms in your home.


And while you’re asking Balboa moving companies about this option, be sure to ask about insurance options. For many companies, you’ll get better insurance if you have the company’s professional movers pack your items.

1. Start with good boxes

It’s easy and quick to round up used moving boxes from friends, family members, coworkers, and even local stores. But it’s not a good idea to use boxes like this for your most fragile items – or for your heaviest ones. Since dishes and glassware are often fragile and heavy, you’ll want to invest in better boxes for these items.

Boxes made specifically for breakable, heavy goods are made from heavier cardboard. This cardboard withstands the extra weight better. Plus, it absorbs more impact, meaning your items are less likely to get broken during the move.

2. Gather up packing paper

Paper is great to have to pack items with. You can wrap individual items in it, or stuff crumpled paper in gaps to keep items from moving in a box. Newspaper is a good option, but it does result in ink all over your fingers and your dishes and glasses. Another option is store-bought unprinted packing paper, which feels like newspaper without its unfortunate side effect.

3. Get all the boxes ready

You can prep all your boxes at once before you start packing, or do them one at a time. But the basics of box prep are taping and padding.

Start by taping the bottom of each box shut with heavy-duty packing tape. This is just another precaution to ensure that an overloaded box doesn’t pop open mid-move. Then, pad the bottom of the box with crumpled up paper. This adds more cushion to the bottom of the box, where you’re most likely to need it.

4. Wrap most items in paper

In order to ensure that each item you pack is properly protected, it’s a good idea to wrap them all in paper separately.  Some larger items, like glass baking dishes, don’t need to be completely wrapped. Just use the paper to ensure that there’s a good amount of padding between each item in a stack.

5. Paper plates are a good expedient

Here’s an easy way to pack plates: alternate a paper plate and a porcelain plate in a tower of plates packed in a box. The paper plates are an easy way to pad between your good dishes. And when you get moved into your new home, you can use the paper plates for your first night’s dinner of takeout or delivery pizza.

6. Look and listen

As you pack each box, you’ll want to look for gaps between the objects that you’re packing. You don’t want items to slide around in a box, so be sure to pack open spaces with crumpled paper or even packing peanuts.

Also, as you place each wrapped item into a box, listen for clinks or thuds. These sounds signal that there’s not enough padding between two items, and that you need to add more. If two cups have little enough padding between them that they can make a noise, they have a high likelihood of chipping or breaking during the move.

7. Pack the heavier items first

In the kitchen, start by packing the heaviest items – like the heavy glass tumblers or coffee mugs. Then, work your way up to more delicate, lighter-weight items. Your Balboa movers will love this technique because it will make the boxes properly bottom-heavy. And the more delicate items will be less likely to break during the move.