Packing can be a huge ordeal, especially if you have many fragile items; but the fear of having your precious belongings break while moving ends here!  There is an art to packing your items during a move and today we will cover the most important ones.

Packing Glass or Ceramic Dishes

When you decide to pack up your plates, the simplest method is to use newspapers and masking tape.

1)     Put your first plate in the center of a sheet of newspaper and fold the edges over to cover the plate.

2)     Take another sheet, fold it in to a square about the size of your plate, and place it on top of the plate.

3)     Repeat the process and stack up to four plates.

4)     Take one sheet of newspaper and wrap it around all four plates.

5)     Use masking tape from the bottom of the pile to the top, and around on the other side.  Do this once more at a 90 degree angle so that the tape overlaps in the shape of a “+” to ensure your plates don’t move.

The same process can be used to pack serving platters, bowls, and any flatware without handles.  When packing them into boxes, be sure to place the heavier, larger items on the bottom.  You can also line the box with a towel or bed sheet to add extra padding so that the dishes do not break in transit.

Packing Glasses

1)     Place your glass with the opening on the newspaper, then push the paper inside the cup and fold the extra paper down on the outside of the glass.

2)     Place a second glass inside the first one, place them on a sheet of newspaper, then roll the newspaper around them.

3)     Use masking tape to hold the paper in place.

It is usually best to limit the stacks to 2 glasses to avoid breakage.  When you pack them into boxes, try placing them at the top, and avoid stacking anything else above them.

Packing Small Figurines

Many people collect small decorative figurines such as crystal sculptures or glass menageries.  You must be extra careful with these types of items since they are often oddly shaped and have the most sentimental value.

1)     Gather all your figurines in one place and wrap them all in newspaper.

2)     Place them inside your paper napkin rolls with an extra piece of newspaper as padding in between each one.

3)     Wrap a small cloth or shirt around the roll when it is full.

4)     Wrap a sheet of newspaper around the cloth and use masking tape to hold it in place.

When you pack these items, it is important to avoid placing any heavy objects on them and make sure that they are secure so they won’t roll around and get damaged.

Packing Wood

If you have any items that are made of wood that can be broken or damaged by moisture, it is a good idea to pack them well.

1)     Wrap the item in cloth.

2)     Wrap the cloth with newspaper and use masking tape to hold it in place.

If you have access to silica packets, you should place a few inside the cloth wrapping to avoid any moisture damage.  Be sure to pack these items in their own boxes or on top of other heavier items.

Packing Drawings or Paintings

If your art is not framed you can:

1)     Place it on a sheet of cardboard and fold the cardboard to hold the piece in place.

2)     Wrap the cardboard with cloth or bubble wrap (never newspaper).

3)     Use masking tape to hold the wrapping in place.

If your art is framed:

1)     Fold cloth into the size of the inside of the frame and place cloth on both the glass face and behind the wood of the frame.

2)     Use another cloth or bubble wrap around the entire frame.

3)     Use masking tape to seal the art to ensure that the folded cloth and wrapping material do not move.

Wrapping up

If you are packing your items for an international shipment, or you want to put them into storage, it is important to choose a moisture resistant storage container to avoid any deterioration of the paper.  When newspapers or cloths become too moist, they will begin to decay which can damage your delicate items.  The right storage container can ensure continued protection of your valuables.