Moving Pointers: Packing Fragile Items

Pointers for packing

Before start packing-up, you need to have a detailed plan. For example:

  • Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
  • Pack one room at a time. You will avoid confusion when it is time to unpack.
  • Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.
  • Mark all boxes based on their designating.
  • Make an inventory of boxes showing the number of boxes packed per room. Tally the total number of cartons packed as well. You can also leave space in your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or location of high-value goods.
  • Make sure that you secure the bottoms of all cartons so that they can hold the weight of the contents.
  • Make the box bottom heavy by packing heavier items at the bottom of the box. Keep the weight of the box less than 50 pounds. It will avoid back pains and makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.
  • It is better to use packing tape or gummed tape than masking tape.

Packing Dishware

  • With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.
  • Use a mover provided dish pack or a medium-sized carton, then line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
  • Grab the corner of several sheets of packing paper then pull the sheet over the plate until it completely covers the plate. Put the second plate then repeat the process over the second plate.
  • After stacking enough three or four plates, turn them upside down on a sheet of packing paper.
  • Seal the stack of plates using packing tape.
  • Put the stack of dishware in a medium-size box. Position the plates so that they are standing on the edge. Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and another dishware. You can stack in greater quantity when packing smaller dishes,

Packing Cups

  • Put a sheet of packing paper on top of the work table, place one cup about six inches from one of the corners.
  • Then pull up the corner of the paper over the cup.
  • Place the second cup directly on top, with a handle to the left.
  • Stack the third plate. Grab the remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
  • Pull the two side of the sheet up and over, one at a time, then tuck the corners inside the top cup.
  • Delicate cups, like chinaware, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or chinaware should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time.
  • Hold the cups on its bottom and top then roll cups to the remaining corner. Do the same method on fragile mixing bowls.

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