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Are you planning to move soon? Packing is one of the biggest tasks of moving to a new home or apartment. While tossing items into a packing box with little forethought might seem appealing at first, it will only cause frustration when it comes time to unpack.

Not only that, damage could occur in the moving process, especially when it comes to packing your kitchen. It is important to pack your dishes and other fragile items properly, so they are left intact. So grab a bunch of packing materials, packing tape, and layers of paper and read some important tips on how to pack your cups and glasses and plates and bowls for your upcoming move.

#1: Don’t leave extra space.
Leaving a little wiggle room is nice for some household items, but when it comes to dishes, you will need to make sure there is no room to move. Use a sturdy box that holds your dishes well, then wad up paper at the bottom of the box. Wrap each dish individually. This includes plates, cooking ware, and glassware individually to avoid breaking any dishes during the moving process. Flat plates should be placed on their sides.

#2: Use the right-sized box.
There are a lot of different options out there when it comes to moving boxes. Don’t be tempted to use the biggest box out there for your dishes. These can be clumsy and difficult to move, and they will likely have too much extra space that could allow for shifting.

Instead, use medium-sized dish boxes to ensure that there is a reduced chance for movement inside the box as it’s lifted up and down. This will also limit the weight of the box – an 8-place table setting can get heavy! We recommend using a 5.0 cu. ft. Dish Pack boxes.

#3: Line the box.
Once you’ve found the right box, line it with extra sheets of packing paper and wrap. Then, you can stack dishes on the extra padding. This serves as an extra layer of protection and can make a big difference in keeping things in one piece.

It’s important to also note that the heaviest items should be placed on the bottom of the box and lighter things like glasses and stemware should be at the top of the box. Once you’re ready to seal the box, put a top layer of bubble wrap inside and attach a label on the box that indicates that it’s fragile.

Need an extra hand for your upcoming move? Our team at Smooth Move People will help get everything packed, loaded, and delivered to your new space, so contact us today!

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