When moving or storing breakable items that are expensive or have sentimental value, such as crystal glassware or wedding china, it can be especially important to make sure they stay safe. Here are some tips for packing such items:
- Use dish boxes. These boxes are made of stronger, thicker cardboard and are made to protect your dishes.
- Use paper to individually wrap each item. You can use newspaper for this job, but you will have to wash every dish when you unpack it. To avoid this, use white packing paper. For glasses and dishes, crumple one sheet of paper inside the open end and use additional paper to wrap the entire item. Double wrap especially fragile items like crystal stemware. For plates, stack same size plates with at least two layers of paper in between and then wrap the entire stack with paper.
- Crumple about six inches of paper in the bottom of the box and then begin layering your wrapped items. Start with the heaviest and sturdiest items on the bottom, then putting the most fragile things on top.
- Add more crumpled paper in the top, corners, sides and any open areas of the box. If you can hear a clunking or tinkling as items touch each other in the box, you need to add more paper because your things are not fully protected.
- Make sure the box is firmly packed so that if it is stacked, it won’t collapse. Clearly label the box with its contents and the word “fragile”.
At STORBOX we provide everything you need to move and store your things safely. We offer specialty boxes for dishes, glasses and other items, along with tape, packing paper and even bubble wrap. Call us at 626-793-9888 for more information.