(What you need to do if you are going to do the packing and boxing your possessions for the move.)
This article was created by our expert moving knowledge base as a source of “how to” if you elect to pack yourself. Allow plenty of time and always consider extra packing.
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A common mistake many customers make is to use light weight boxes to pack fragile items, such as ceramic/glass table lamps, statues, electronics, DVD, VCR, china dishes etc… This can be a big and problematic situation. These light weight boxes are not strong enough and can’t provide enough protection for glass items.
• Book Boxes: As the box mentions, it is for books. You can add CD’s, videotapes, office files, and other small items.
• Medium Boxes: Well, those boxes are not for books! You can always put in these boxes some office files and other small miscellaneous items, such as small picture frame, computer speakers, etc…
• Large boxes: Those are not for books as well! They are made for toys, clothing, kitchen utensils (not glass dishes), plastic containers, frying and cooking pans.
• Wardrobe boxes: Those for sure are not for books. You can always stack small and light items, such as shoes, handbags, pillows, blankets prior placing the bar in order to place your clothing. You can even add a dining chair that you want to protect from any scratches or dents.
How do you need to handle glass, fragile and electronic items?
For those items, there is a special box called china box/dish pack. This is a more rigid box that can handle more weigh and is design for these items specifically. You should use this box in order to pack safely most of your fragile belonging, such as stereo equipment, other glass and ceramic fragile item, and even your lampshades.
How to pack your dishes?
1. Open the box, use lots of box sealing tape at the bottom of the box to prevent spillage or mishaps when the box is moved.
2. Before placing any dishes, simply fold a sheet of bubblewrap (thicker bubblewrap) to create a double level of bubblewrap at the bottom of the box to soften the base so to enhance protection of the items.
3. Start with the dish plates. Usually, you can form two vertical rows of dish plates one next to the other. Beware! Do not put them one of top each other. This is a common mistake, people usually stack them one on top of each other, and this will create too much pressure that the probability of breakage is higher. This is why it is very important to position them vertically one next to each other.
4. All the glass dishes must be double wrapped by white newsprint paper. If one of the glass items should break during the move, the broken item will stay trapped in the paper and avoid spreading all over the box. By the time of the unpacking, you will not be injured or cut with the broken pieces. Some people choose to save money and use old newspaper to wrap dishes. This is a very big mistake because the newspaper ink can run out and stain the dishes. If you still want to save money on white newsprint paper, make sure to use white newsprint paper to wrap your dishes for the first wrap (the one that are closer to the dish) and you can simply use the normal daily newspaper for the second wrap.
5. After completing the first level of plate’s dishes, please place another sheet of folding bubblewrap in order to create a new level. It doesn’t have to be even but it needs to be used as a soft divider for the second level.
6. The second level: Now it’s the time to put the thicker drinking glass or the coffee and tea mugs. Make sure to double wrap them the white newspaper. You can place them in the box horizontally since they are strong enough to withhold the pressure.
7. After completion of the second level, please place another sheet of folding bubblewrap in order to create a new level. At the third level, you can place all the wine glasses or thinner fragile glasses and porcelain. All items on the third level are fragile and need to be handled carefully. Regarding the wineglasses, we recommend to triple wrap them for added protection. Place them in the box horizontally. Do not fill the box all the way to the top. Leave enough space to add another layer of bubble wrap to avoid breakage. Make sure not to leave empty space on the top. Use some white newsprint, form paper balls, and place them equally all on top of the box and between dishes so to keep every item in the box secured during transportation. This is the way to pack those kind of dishes and other dishes, such as vase, glass salad bowls, and even statues, use another box and simply surround the glass item with lots of bubblewrap (use the thicker bubblewrap to increase protection). In all cases, please make sure the box is not too heavy so it won’t break from the bottom!!!