There’s always a set of cutlery or glasses that you use for special occasions and, obviously, you wouldn’t want to see them cracked or broken. These delicate items require special care, especially if you’re about to move. We’ve already told you about packing supplies you need for a move and other hacks that can help you with packing and moving. This blogs will give you useful tips for packing fragile items.
So, let’s get packing!
Few Tips For Packing Fragile Items
Fragile items are objects that can be easily broken and need to be dealt with great care. These can be glass items, porcelains, antiques, paintings, valuable collectables etc. which require a VIP treatment especially when being shifted to another place.
Packing the entire house can be exhausting but if you want to carry fragile items the way they are— unscratched, unbroken and scarless—you will have to take some measures. Here are a few tips for packing fragile items that will make your work easier.
- Prepare in advance
- Use different sized boxes
- Use packing paper and bubble wrap
- Use cardboard
- Restrain the movement of glasses and plates
- Mark the boxes
This might be tricky and hectic for you if you are a beginner but if you change places frequently or every few years, these tips will make the process easier for you.
Prepare In Advance
You might be delaying the packing of your things or relying on the movers to do everything on the last day. The movers wouldn’t understand the value of something that looks ordinary to others but has a sentimental value. While packing, especially fragile items, you should take your time and try not to rush it.
Before packing, make a list of items that fall under the category of fragile; how to pack, the things you will need and the best way to pack them. The packing process might get frustrating at some point but this will pay off when these will successfully reach the new place unbroken and undamaged.
Use Different Sized Boxes
One might think that they can easily put smaller and larger objects in similar sized boxes but this will only allow the object inside the box to move and be damaged while transporting. Having a variety of boxes in terms of their sizes will be an advantage and can allow you to manage the objects inside in a better way.
Always use smaller boxes while packing heavy objects because it is easier to handle small boxes. This also limits the movement of an object combined with padding and cushioning inside. Big boxes can be used for lighter objects and you will need separations or padding if there are more than one items in the same box.
Use Packing Tape And Bubble Wrap
Before you start to pack stuff, one thing you need to make sure is that you have ample packing supplies you need. It will save you a lot of time. Packing tape is an essential tool used while packing your stuff because it is used to seal the boxes. Don’t be shy while using packing tape because if you don’t use it generously, it might result in the opening of the box and dropping of the object inside. Wrap the tape around the edges and corners of a box which have more chances of getting damaged or wrap the entire box with tape if necessary.
Providing proper cushioning using bubble wrap will ensure the safety of delicate objects like glasses and decorations pieces if the box is subjected to any jerk or accident. A bubble wrap can be wrapped around any important object such as television screen, paintings, crustal items, huge mirrors etc. A replacement of bubble wrap is Styrofoam commonly used to secure home appliances in boxes.
Usually, people don’t throw away the corrugated cardboard packaging of electronic appliances so they can use them later in case they have to move houses. You can also use styrofoam to pack items like television and microwave to minimize chances of any mishap.
Some objects like paintings and antiques don’t come with any packaging. You can cover such items with bubble wrap, use tape to ensure there aren’t any loose ends and place it in a cardboard picture or telescope box to ensure the item is completely secure. Once you have done this, cover the box with tape until you are satisfied that there is no opening left.
Restrain The Movement Of Glasses And Plates
Glasses, mugs, cups and teapots are hollow on the inside and made of delicate materials. These items require special care while packing and one must double-check their packing. A proper way to wrap glasses and tea sets is using boxes with compartments in it. Taking extra precautions like using bubble wrap or packing paper to cushion the bottom of the box will keep these things protected from scratches and being broken on the way.
As far as plates are concerned, always pack them vertically; this will not only save you space but also keep them intact.
Mark The Boxes
One of the most underrated tips for packing fragile items for moving is marking boxes. Ideally, one should mark every box about the items it contains so that your unpacking can be easy but to let your movers know about the boxes containing fragile items, it is highly important to mark them.
If you follow these tips, it would be easier for you to unpack your belongings in your new place. If you are a beginner and worried about how to pack for a move, we have a complete guide for you too. You might want to check out a similar piece about packing room by room so you know which set of boxes contains items of a particular room.
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