Moving can be super challenging, and that's especially true when you're trying to protect your dishes. Whether they're an heirloom or simply for everyday use, dishes are an expensive item that can be easily damaged when you're moving. Staying organized and having the right type of kitchen storage available as you're packing can make the difference between being able to quickly unpack and start using your dishes or finding that you're going to have to replace a number of bowls or plates. See how to organize in a way that will make packing and unpacking your dishes happen in a flash!
Safe Packing Procedures
There are certain items, such as books, that will be fine as long as the temperature is kept relatively stable and there's no humidity. Then, there are other items such as dishes that require a great deal of special care and protection before you decide to make a move. There are a lot of factors to consider when you're prepping to pack your dishes, such as:
- The weight of the dishes can be too great to carry, causing back or knee problems. Limit the size of the box that you select to pack heavy dishes in.
- Look for heavy-duty boxes with reinforced bottoms to ensure your priceless dishes don't fall through a wilting storage solution.
- Grab a cell kit to pack your stemware and glasses. Just be sure to get a size that will fit within your boxes!
Pre-Pack When You Can
Pre-packing items that you don't use on a regular basis can save you time in the long run. If you have everyday and special occasion dishes, consider packing the ones you don't use on a regular basis. This will help you get them out of the way, and it's one less thing to worry about when time gets short. Your big move day will be looming before you know it, and there are always last-minute items that you'll need to take care of. Pre-packing also allows you to spend more time protecting items that are more delicate or likely to be damaged in the move such as crystal decanters or service ware.
Get Plenty of Packing Materials
Aside from having the right boxes, you also need to grab plenty of packing paper and other soft items. Start your packing by adding a layer of fluffy packing paper "just in case" someone accidentally drops a box. This soft cushion should be mirrored between items; you can tuck items safely away by laying them out on a slip of packing paper and rolling it up. Tuck the edges in and repeat and your dishes will be floating on a cloud of safety for your move.
The one thing you do not want to do when you're packing dishes is to wait until the last minute. When you get into a rush, you tend to take shortcuts, and packing shortcuts don't lead to dishes that stay in one piece after your move! Learn more great packing tips on the True Friends Moving Company blog or get an estimate for your move from Nashville's friendliest moving company by calling (615) 240-2811. You can also request a free moving quote online!