How to Pack Dishes for a Move

One Methods:Packing Different Types of Glassware

Do you need to pack your dishes when moving local or long distance? You can do that in a few easy steps.

Steps

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    Assemble your box.
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    Be sure to tape the seam of the box securely. Use 2-3 layers if necessary.
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    Fill the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper. Fill up to about 4 inches (10.2 cm), or until the paper creates a soft padded barrier to protect the wrapped dishes.
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    Pack the heavier dishes on the first tier at the bottom.
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    Stand the plates upon their ends. Make sure there is just enough space to pack the wadded paper tightly between each plate and the box sides.
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    Fill all space with wadded paper. Repeat this process until the layer is tightly packed, and be sure to leave 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) of padded paper between the wrapped dishes and the box side.
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    Fill the 2nd layer with wadded packing paper to form a padded barrier.
    • Repeat this process until you pack up to 4 inches (10.2 cm) from the top of the box. Then, top off the box with wadded paper to secure the top layer.
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    Securely tape the top of the box closed. There should be no movement of the contents of the box.

Packing Different Types of Glassware

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    Place the plates flat in the middle of the packing paper. Wrap each corner into the middle of the plate. Repeat the process until the plate is well wrapped. Tape may be used to secure the paper, but it is not necessary.
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    Place the cups and glasses on one corner of the packing paper. Roll inward to the other corner, wrap the long end upward to the open end of the cup, and stuff the left over paper into the open end of the cup.
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    Use more pieces of paper for larger items. They may be necessary, depending on the shape of the item. There may also be a need for tape to hold the paper together.
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    Tape the very small items. They may be lost in the wadded paper. Use a marker to mark these items with an X; this way, they can be located during unpacking.

Tips

  • You may use pillows, blankets, and towels to fill empty space.
  • You may also use other light weight items to fill space in the top of the box. Be sure, however, that there is no movement and the items are securely packed.


Warnings

  • Be sure not to make the dish pack overweight. A fully packed dish pack should weigh around 25-30 lbs.

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Categories: Moving House and Packing