How to Pack Your Dishes the Right Way

February 21, 2020

How to Pack Your Dishes the Right Way

How to Pack Your Dishes the Right Way

Are you afraid that your wedding day champagne glasses might shatter during a move? Does the thought of breaking your cat mug cause unnerving anxiety? Moving to a new home should be a fun and exciting time for you and everyone involved. We are here to help. Below, we provide a breakdown on how to pack your dishes the right way, categorizing eight types of dishes from most fragile to least.

Antique China and Porcelain Tea Sets

For those keen on preserving fine, delicate dishes, pay special attention to packing your china and porcelain tea sets. During the moving process, someone may not be as careful when handling boxes and cause the contents inside to shift around. With delicate dishes, even the slightest bump can cause irreparable damage. One of the best resources to have when packing such fragile items are dish pack boxes. These cardboard boxes are specifically designed to fit different plates, teapots, teacups, bowls, or glasses in a single box using cardboard partitions. Be careful not to over-stuff your boxes as you want to leave room to carefully layer bubble wrap and packing paper. As an added precautionary measure, keep the box’s weight in mind. You don’t want to strain yourself while carrying a heavy box of fragile antiques! Finally, label the boxes FRAGILE, and describe the contents inside.

Wine Glasses, Champagne Flutes, and Pint Glasses

Depending on the thickness of glass forming your champagne flutes, wine and pint glasses, you can simply utilize the dish pack boxes, similar to packing china and porcelain sets. However, you can also opt for an additional packing method. Begin saving old newspaper, coupon booklets, towels, and thin bubble wrap. When packing, snugly wrap the glasses and flutes in one or two layers of newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap and proceed to pack them into the dish packing boxes. The extra layers of protection will help keep your glasses in one piece while moving. In the event of breakage, however, this step will prevent innumerable shattered glass pieces from filling your box.

Coffee Mugs and Other Drinking Cups

As these items are usually less fragile than wine glasses, using the dish pack boxes is recommended but not required. If you decide to forego the dish pack boxes, you can wrap your individual mugs and drinking cups in either packing paper, towels, or bubble wrap before carefully laying them in a box or bin. If you wish to stack mugs on top of one another and pack several rows, be sure to efficiently add a few layers of bubble wrap or towels between each row and fill the remaining empty spaces with packing peanuts. As an additional precaution, shake your box back and forth a little to test that your items are securely packed. Remember, ceramic mugs and glassware can weigh down a box. Therefore, keep an eye on how many items you pack inside to ensure a safe lifting weight.

Ceramic Plates and Bowls

We would hate for a ceramic plate or bowl to break during your move and ruin your perfect set. Therefore, be sure to carefully wrap each plate and bowl in a layer of bubble wrap before stacking in a box. Also, using packing peanuts or additional bubble wrap to fill in the sides of the box will prevent unnecessary shifting during your move. Again, keep the box at a tolerable weight to prevent injuries when lifting!

Waffle Makers, Mixers, Toasters, Tea Kettles, and Coffee Pots

Have you thrown away the boxes in which these awkwardly shaped appliances originally came from? If so, you still have another packing solution. If possible, try to find boxes similar in dimension to your waffle makers, mixers, toasters, tea kettles, and coffee pots. Place each item in their individual box and secure it in place with bubble wrap, towels, or packing paper, filling the rest of the box with bubble wrap, packing paper, or packing peanuts to prevent shifting. With the growing number of boxes packed, be sure to continue labelling each box with the contents inside.

Silverware, Small Cooking Gadgets, and Serving Spoons

Luckily, since these items are smaller in size, you have a few options when packing them. To keep your silverware organized, consider tying together your spoons and forks with a rubber band or string. You can copy this method for your serving spoons. With your knives, carefully pack and tape them with bubble wrap and ensure that the blades will not puncture your box. For small cooking gadgets, pack according to characteristics. For example, if the gadget has any sharp points, wrap and pack in the same manner as you would with a knife. However, with safer cooking gadgets, you can pack normally. 

Plastic Tupperware

Luckily, plastic Tupperware and dishes are some of the least breakable items in your kitchen. As a result, packing your Tupperware can be done in one of two ways. First, you can pack and organize them in a single box without the use of bubble wrap or newspaper. However, to serve as a dual purpose, you can use your Tupperware to help pack other items in your home. From silverware to office supplies, Tupperware is perfect for keeping loose items in one place while moving.

Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Baby Silverware

If you are a parent of an infant or toddler, you may have a large supply of sippy cups, bottles, baby plates, and silverware. When moving, it’s best to keep all your baby items in the same box, especially since most baby products are not made with fragile materials. Therefore, you may wrap each item individually with paper or bubble wrap if preferred, but it’s not necessary. Keep in mind that you should keep one or two sets of bottles, sippy cups, and silverware in a separate bag so you can feed your baby while moving!

When in Doubt, Let the Professionals Move You Out!

Sometimes, balancing your life with work, family, and other responsibilities can be too much. If packing your home could not have come at a worse time, we are here to help! At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are devoted to helping you through any part of the moving process. From offering packing and disassembly services to transport, storage, and unpacking, our professionals are ready to help. Are you ready to pass the packing on to us? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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