Packing is the most important yet crucial part of a moving process and packing a kitchen is all the more difficult. The kitchen is generally the last place to pack as people use their kitchen daily so it cannot be packed early. A kitchen contains the most fragile items and it becomes difficult to pack them safely as they are packed at the last minute. It is best to engage with a professional moving company that offers packing services. You can visit movingpat.com to find such companies and ensure the safety of your dishes. However, if you want to DIT, here is a guide for packing plates safely.
Packing the plates in the safest way.
We understand your concern for your dishes and finding them broken while unpacking will be the last thing that you will wish to witness. To ensure the safety of your delicate dinnerware and to get it all in one piece at your new house, make sure you pack them properly. You can follow the guidelines given below to pack your fragile items safely.
Right Packing Supplies
To pack your stuff right, the first thing that is needed is the choice of the right packing material. You can opt for used or new packing boxes as per your choice but make sure you have plenty of boxes of different sizes. Make sure the boxes are sturdy and not torn especially if you are opting for used packing boxes. As plates and dishes are generally heavy and fragile, packing boxes should be in good condition.
Another packing material that you will need is newsprint, packing paper, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers. You can even get packing boxes specially designed for packing plates and dishes.
Make Necessary Preparations
Even if you are using new boxes for packing your plates and dishes, it is important to prepare the packing boxes properly. Secure the boxes with the packing tape at the bottom and check their durability by pushing with your hand.
Make several wads by rolling newsprint or packing paper and line them at the bottom of the packing box before packing any dishes or plates into it. You can also use bubble wrap in place of wadded paper rolls but that will be an expensive option.
Pack Each Plate Separately
Keep a lot of packing sheets at your workplace as you will need a sheet for every plate and dish. Place the plate or dish in the center of the packing paper and wrap it. Fold one side of the packing paper and secure the plate until it is covered completely. Now, take another plate and place it on the wrapped plate and pull another corner of the same packing paper to pack the next plate. Finally, secure the packing paper or newsprint with packing tape
Place Plates and Dishes in the Boxes
Plates should never be packed flat to avoid any breakage. Instead, place them on the edge and keep the dishes in the middle. Keep packing plates and dishes in the packing box until it is tightly packed. In the end, if there is still some space empty, make sure you put paper wads, linens, and/or hand towels to fill the gaps.
Any gaps in the box may lead to the breakage of your dishes and plates. Seal the box with strong and good quality packing tape. Now, mark the box as fragile and also list all the items packed in the box. For example, blue plates or dishes, green dinnerware, or red glassware, etc.
Load on the Truck Securely
Once your plates and dishes are packed properly, make sure they are loaded on and unloaded from the truck securely. It is very important to load your fragile boxes safely especially if you have opted for a DIY move and renting a moving truck.
Make sure you place the fragile boxes on the floor of the truck. The boxes containing fragile material can be placed beneath large furniture items to keep them safe from a jerk or push. This will also not allow them to shift during the transit.
While stacking the packed boxes in the truck, consider keeping fragile marked boxes on the floor but do not keep them all together. Instead, consider boxes containing clothes or other soft material with the fragile boxes as they will act as a cushion for them.
Like loading, make sure the fragile boxes are unloaded securely. Make sure you place the boxes in a safe corner of your new house. Also, keep a tight hand on the dishes and plates while unpacking.
Some More Packing Tips
- Save on your packing paper and newsprint by using hand towels and linens to fill the gaps in the boxes.
- Don’t use large boxes for heavy and fragile items. Large boxes will hold more material and will become heavy and may not be able to hold the weight.
- Place heavier plates or dishes on the bottom and lighter plates on the top.
Above said moving tips will help you in packing your fragile and delicate items safely but it is always advisable to hire professionals to pack your fragile and delicate kitchen items.