How to Pack China and Glassware?
When you decide to move house, the necessity to pack and move your belongings appears. Of course, among them might be a lot of fragile things such as china dishes, plates, glasses etc. Obviously, these delicate items deserve more attention while moving.
It could be a good idea to hire a specialized company while moving. In this case, you will be certain that all your valuable items won’t be broken. Otherwise, if you are going to move your china and glassware by yourself the following information will be very useful for you to know.
What Is Important to Do Before Packing?
It is important to make a list of your valuable china and glassware before moving. You may write down what items you exactly have or just make some photos of them. If you have some other ideas how to do that, you may use any of them. In addition, it is also important to make note of whether your china dishes or glassware have some scratches, cracks or other drawbacks.
How can this list help you while moving? Firstly, you will be calm that everything will be properly and reliably packed. You need just to follow your list and put all the necessary items into the boxes. Secondly, if something is broken, damaged or lost during the move, it may help you to make a complaint against the delivery company you cooperate with.
The following materials are very useful to pack china and glassware for moving. They will help you to keep them from damages and breaking.
- Packing peanuts
- Biodegradable packing peanuts and cushioning packaging foams
- Bubble wrap
- A box or boxes for dishes (sometimes they are called the dish pack barrels)
Packing Plates and Bowls for Moving
First of all, it is necessary to put on the bottom of the box several layers of packing peanuts or cushioning packaging foams. It is very important to remember and overestimate this valuable tip!
We get used to laying plates on the bottom of the box. We consider that, in this case, there will be more extra space and plates will be safe. But it is wrong! Actually, the best way to pack china is to lay plates on the top. Another step is to wrap every single plate or bowl with several layers of newspaper or bubble wrap. You need to do it until the box will be completely filled up. A good idea will be also to fill in the remaining space between the plates. In order to do that you may use packing peanuts, cushioned packing foams, crumbled newspapers or folded cardboard.
How to Pack Glasses and China Caps for Moving?
When you are packing glasses and china cups, it’s better to wrap carefully each item with bubble wrap or newspaper. It is necessary to make sure that you have enough bubble wrap or newspaper to cover and wrap the whole glass or cup.
Unlike the plates and bowls, it is best to put glasses and cups on the bottom of the box. Make sure that they are standing upright as if you are going to drink from them. Don’t forget to put enough cushioning packaging foams or packing peanuts on the bottom of the box.
You may use several cardboard dividers between individual glasses and china cups. It will help to prevent them from banging around. When you wrapped each item individually, you’ll need to wrap them one more time. As well as with packing plates, you’ll need to fill in the additional space between glasses and cups with crumbled newspaper or packing peanuts.
Things to Do After Packing
- Label all the boxes
After you have packed all the boxes, you’ll need to label each box with the help of a marker. Do this as simply and clearly as possible. You may also write the corresponding rooms to know exactly where to place the particular box.
- Make sure that you packed everything very securely
If you want to know whether your valuable belongings are packed firmly, pick up the box and shake it. If you notice something moving, it will be necessary to fill in the box with a more protective materia
- Check whether you packed everything according to the list
If you have enough time, it will be a good idea to look through your list, before packing. Check whether you packed everything you need.
- Use packing tape to close and secure the boxes
Finally, you can tape all the boxes. You need to do it in order to prevent items from falling out of the boxes during the move.
5 more tips for packing china and glassware
1. Buy cardboard partition kits. They are specially designed to protect your china dishes and glassware.
2. The medium and small size boxes are the most convenient for packing fragile dishware. Don’t put too many heavy items inside the box. If you over-pack your box, it will certainly break. Unfortunately, your belongings might be damaged and even broken.
3. Don’t put the highly valuable items inside the box. Just keep them with yourself during the move.
4. If you want to save money it is a good idea to use some bath towels or pillows to stuff your boxes. It will keep your items in place during the move.
5. Write on the boxes “Fragile” and “This side up” for easier unpacking when you will arrive in your new home.
As china dishes and glassware are very fragile and delicate items, you need to think carefully about their moving. Some useful tips will help you to do that.
Packing is a really important step. That’s why you need to buy some boxes and packing materials beforehand. Hope our advice will make it easier for you to pack your valuables and keep them safe while moving.