Moving dishes is something that requires a little bit of extra care when it comes time for packing, moving and unpacking. These items can very easily break during the process of a move with all the shaking, jumbling and occasional dropping that goes on. The following tips will give you some basic knowledge on how to move all of your dishware from silver to odd-shaped items.
Dish packs are especially designed for the purpose of moving dishes. They are usually made of stronger material than standard moving boxes. These packs also have cells made of cardboard to put dishes in. To purchases these types of boxes, you can find a moving company to buy them from or order them from an online vendor.
- Wrap Items in Paper
All items should be wrapped with care in paper. A lot of people recommend using old newspaper or magazines if you are budget constricted. While this type of paper will work find for protecting dishes, it also can leave unpleasant dust, smears and dirt on dishes. For just a little extra money you can use clean paper or tissue paper to wrap up the dishes without worrying about dirtying them too much during the process of the move.
Make sure that you label all boxes and cartons with large letters on all sides. The label should obviously read “FRAGILE” in big bold letters that no one could miss especially if you plan hiring movers or helpers. Also, you will want to draw arrows indicating which side is supposed to be up. Usually pre-purchased dish packs will already have this step taken care for you with bold print that is very easy to see.
- Use Cushioning
Use cushioning on the top and bottom of the box. For said cushioning you can use things like clothes, padding, peanuts or anything soft to add a little extra padding for any upward or downward motion that may go on when the boxes are being moved to your new home.
- Put Large Items at the Bottom of Boxes
Larger items are usually best placed at the bottom of the box where there weight and size will not be an issue. From there you can easily stack smaller items on top of them. When setting up a box it is usually best to have the largest and heaviest items at the bottom then gradually increase in size towards the top.
Deciding where to place oddly shaped objects is something you spend a little time on. First off, determine whether the item is heavy or light. If it is a heavier item, try to place it towards the bottom of the box. Usually there is space in the middle or the side that work as a perfect space for an oddly shape item, so that you can just put in other objects around it as you pack.
- Wrap Lids Separately
Do not tape lids to a dish, because they will still bounce around which lead to chips and scratches. Instead wrap each individual lid separately from the dish that it belongs to, so that you can avoid damaging the lid and/or the dish.
- Leave No Unfilled Space
Any space that is left empty makes room for more shaking and jumbling during a move. Crumble up paper to fill up every empty space that may be left from packing the dishes.
- Bundle Items for Extra Security
To further prevent items from shifting around in the box, if you are not using a dish pack, bundle items together in twos or threes. You do this by wrapping each dish individually then wrapping two or three together with paper. This creates bigger bundles that fill up more space, and it also prevents the smaller items from moving around when the box moves.
- Don’t Pack Boxes too Heavy
When you pack boxes heavy it increases the amount of weight that jumbles around in the moving truck. Plus, it also increases the likelihood someone will drop or handle the box less gently, because it is hard to set down a box carefully when it weighs a lot!
- Stack Bowls
To save more space, it can be helpful to stack smaller bowls inside of bigger ones. You should still pack each individual bowl then stack them afterwards.