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How to Pack Dishes, Plates, and Glassware for Moving

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When it is time to move, most people want to tackle the last room is the kitchen. That’s because the packing process for dishes, plates, and glassware can be time-consuming and difficult.

Not only do you have fragile items that require extra care, but you also need to keep using the kitchen until you move out.

Unless you want to pay for take-out frequently until you finish your transition into your new place, the kitchen is often off-limits for packing until the end of the process.

Since the kitchen is often the last room packed and the first one unpacked, the work tends to be rushed. If that happens, more breakage typically occurs.

You can hire professional packing services to take care of this part of your move. It is also possible to get a successful result if you have the time to implement these tips.

How to Pack Dishes Appropriately

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The fastest and easiest way to pack dishes is to purchase (or find) the specially designed boxes for this part of your move. It’s a little costly, but it gives you the peace of mind needed sometimes for a successful transition.

You can also pack dishes in a standard box with enough padding.

  • Place your dish in the center of some packing paper.
  • Pull the paper’s corners over the plate to securely wrap.
  • Repeat this process three more times, stack the four plates together, and turn them upside down in the box.
  • Rewrap the entire bundle, and seal it with tape.

Your bundles should include dishes of the same size to maximize the benefits of this packing methodology.

Each bundle should get placed into a small box with the dishes standing vertically on thick packing paper. Most DIY moves end up breaking these items because they get packed flat instead.

Add additional dish bundles until the box is packed full. You’ll then add more packing paper to the sides and top to secure the items.

Tape your box shut, label it, and make sure it has “This Side Up” and “Fragile” notations on it for loading on the truck.

How to Pack Glasses, Cups, and Stemware Successfully

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When people pack glasses in a hurry, they typically wrap the item from the outside to give it protection. Although this effort is better than nothing, it also places pressure on the exterior of each item. One impact could be enough to break everything in the box!

The first step is to gently stuff your glasses, mugs, cups, and stemware with packing paper from the inside. Once you have all of them braced from the interior, you can wrap the handles and stems with paper.

If you crumple the packing paper around the handles, you’ll create individual padding options to protect these sensitive items.

When you have a standard packing box to use, the stemware, glasses, cups, and other items should get placed in an upright position. If the things are of uniform size, you can carefully stack a second layer on top with appropriate padding.

Any vacant spaces should be given some extra padding to ensure that the glasses won’t rattle about when they’re getting loaded on the truck.

The Trick of Double Boxing and Glassware

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If you have very fragile glassware and stemware to pack in your kitchen, one of the best DIY tricks for a safe move is to double-box the items.

After you carefully wrap and pack the first box with the stemware, seal it closed with tape.

Once it is successfully sealed, you’ll place the first box into a larger second one that has packing paper on all sides. This process creates a protective cushion that can reduce the effects of impacts on the container more than if you used the standard approach.

What If My Items Are of Different Sizes?

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When you have items of different sizes to pack from the kitchen, you’ll want to create “nesting groups” with them. This method works well for dishes of various sizes when you cannot create a four-pack as described above.

Place about three packing paper sheets around the largest item first. Insert the next largest thing on top of that one, adding more materials to the lining to create some cushioning.

Continue adding the next-smallest item in the series until you create a four-pack with this method. Wrap it with another sheet or two of packing paper, tape it closed, and stack it in the box vertically.

When you follow these methods, the risk of having your kitchenware break while moving declines significantly, if you decide that professional packing services are more your style, our team can offer you a competitive quote today.

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