When preparing for a move, you will spend a fair amount of time packing. Each and every item you own will need to be wrapped and boxed in a way that will keep them safe during their transport from old home to new. Failure to do so will result in your belongings being broken or damaged. Before you start packing, it’s a good idea to make a game plan. First, figure out which items are fragile and will be easily broken during your move. Then, gather the appropriate packing supplies that will keep all of your breakables safe.
So which items should you pay extra attention to? Here’s a list of the top five items most easily damaged items during a move, and how to protect them.
1. Drinking Glasses
Considering they are made out of glass, it makes sense that drinking glasses are the #1 most easily damaged item when moving house. So how can you pack them in a way that will ensure you won’t be left with a box full of broken glass? First, individually wrap each glass in packing paper. Then:
- Place the glass horizontally on packing paper.
- Grab a corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into the paper. Be sure to tuck the sides of the paper in (imagine wrapping a burrito).
- Repeat these steps 3-5 times (depending on the thickness of the glass) with more sheets of packing paper.
- Label each glass so it doesn’t get tossed aside in the packing paper madness that will occur later during the unpacking process.
Once your glasses have been wrapped, you’ll want to ensure you use the appropriate moving box. “Dishpack” boxes are made with double thick walls that create extra protection, which make them perfect for packing all sorts of breakable dishes and glassware. With your box in front of you, crumple packing paper and place it in the bottom of the box. This will provide a protective cushion. Then, place each wrapped glass vertically in one layer inside the box. After completing the first layer, place packing paper on top, and then repeat layers until the box is full.
*If there is any remaining space left in the box, fill it with crumpled packing paper.
Running neck and neck with the most easily damaged item when moving, is plates. The main reason for plates breaking during a move is that most don’t put enough packing paper in each box to adequately protect them. Luckily, wrapping plates takes basically the same steps as wrapping glasses:
- First, wrap each plate individually in packing paper.
- Repeat this step 3-5 times with more sheets of packing paper until the plate is properly secured and cushioned.
- Label each plate.
- Using dishpack boxes, cushion the bottom of the box’s interior with crumpled packing paper.
- Place each wrapped plate vertically (not flat!) inside the box.
- Then follow the rest of the steps listed above in the section about how to pack wrapping glasses.
Whether you have artwork that is valuable, or even something you made yourself, you want to ensure all pieces are protected during your move. The best way to keep your artwork safe is by using a picture box. First, line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper. Then, place your artwork inside the box, keeping it securely in place by stuffing more paper in the front and back, and along the top. You can also use bubble wrap. The point is to make sure whatever is inside the box doesn’t shake, rattle or move during shipment.
Due to their awkward shape and often large size, lampshades are another item that can be hard to pack, putting them at a high risk of being damaged during a move. If not packed properly, they can easily be dented or torn. What to do?
- Wrap the lampshade in bubble wrap. Be sure to cover every inch of the shade.
- Fill the interior cavity of the shade with packing paper. Avoid using newspaper, because the print can rub off onto the shade.
- Place the shade inside a properly-sized moving box and fill it with packing paper to keep the shade from shifting around inside.
- Do not place anything else inside the box, especially on top of the shade. This even includes light items, like linens or clothes.
5. Liquid Cleaning Supplies
A spill that occurs inside of a box during a move can be awful – especially if the spill involves liquid cleaning supplies. These types of liquids can leak and damage items both inside and outside of the box. To avoid this, be sure all bottles of liquid are sealed properly when packed. To do this:
- Remove the cap of each bottle and place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening.
- Tightly screw the cap back on.
- Tape the outside of the cap to the bottle to further seal and secure it.
To pack your liquid cleaning supplies:
- Choose a box that is small and secure its bottom with tape. For optimal security, run the tape in multiple directions across the bottom.
- When the box is full, place packing paper around the bottles to stop them from shifting.
- Tape the top of the box so it doesn’t open and spills its contents during transport.
- Finally, be sure to label all boxes.
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