Are you one of the 47% of people who’ve chosen to orchestrate a DIY move for their household relocation.
Moving needn’t be a stressful event when you plan carefully and pack well in advance.
Get started with this step by step guide on how to pack plates for moving to ensure everything gets there in one piece.
Assemble Everything You Need for Packing Dishes
Running out of packing supplies when packing plates is a recipe for disaster. It’s a bad idea to skimp on padding and wrapping when you’re moving with plates.
Make sure you’ve got ample supplies of all the following before you start:
- Packing paper
- Dish boxes
- Medium-sized boxes
- Packing tape
- Padding or bubble wrap
- Marker pens
Dish boxes are specially-designed for plates and dishes with cardboard partitions built into reinforced boxes.
They’re not essential when packing plates for moving but it’s a good idea to invest in a few for those extra special pieces. You can usually buy them from a moving & storage company.
You can, of course, use a newspaper for wrapping your dishes. Be advised that newsprint will rub off on your dishes and plates in transit and can cause permanent stains.
If you decide to use a newspaper, you’ll have to wash all your dishes before you pack them away in your new home too.
Avoid using large boxes for packing dishes. It’s easy to get carried away and overload a box, which means it could break while your movers are transferring it in a or out of the moving van.
How to Pack Plates for Moving As The Pros Do It
Once you’ve assembled everything you need, you can get packing. It’s best to take all your plates out of your cupboards and arrange them by size before you start.
Here’s how to pack plates properly, step-by-step:
1. Assemble Your Boxes
Be sure to tape each box very well both top and bottom. They’ll be heavy when you’re done. Unless they’re taped very firmly, they could break or cave in.
Line the boxes with a thick layer of crumpled packing paper or bubble wrap.
2. Wrap Your Plates
Lay a sheet of packing paper out on a flat surface.
Place a dish in the center of the paper and fold the corners into the middle. Secure the paper with tape and then continue wrapping the plate until it’s completely covered. Tape again.
Repeat the process for each plate.
3. Pack Your Plates
Place your first plate on its side in the box. Then, slot the rest of the dishes alongside it.
When you pack plates on their side, they can absorb more shock. Avoid packing plates flat.
4. Fill in the Gaps
Once you’ve filled the box with plates, fill in the gaps with crumpled up pieces of paper. To finish, pile in balled up pieces of paper to the top of the box.
Ideally, the box shouldn’t weigh more than about 45 pounds when it’s filled and padded.
5. Seal the Boxes
Close the box flaps and secure them with tape. As a final safety measure label the box as fragile.
It’s a good idea to ensure this label’s visible from every angle. Placing a sticker on each side of the box is a good idea.
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