If you’re going to the trouble to pack your plates, glasses, vases and knick-knacks, and the expense of having them moved by your Orange County moving company, don’t waste your time or money by allowing them to break in the process.
Having the proper packing technique for your possessions is essential. Just as essential as the materials with which you wrap your glassware is the way you arrange your china, and the boxes that secure your items.
Our professional Orange County household movers have some tips and tricks to share with you, to ensure you can packed your household goods safely and securely:
Use Packing Paper & Bubble Wrap –
A common mistake is to use towels, small blankets, newsprint, or paper towels when packing fragile items. Towels and blankets cannot be secured with tape and easily slide off smooth surfaces. Newsprint is dirty and transfers the ink onto your items, which is especially noticeable on white ceramic and other light-colored dishware. Paper towels are not strong enough or reliable enough. Proper packing materials are necessary to guarantee your fragile items make it in one piece.
Match Your Box Size –
Your box size should be as close to the same size as the largest item you’ll be packing in it as possible. This helps eliminate extra space in the box so your items don’t move around, and also avoids wasting material and money filling excess empty space with packing materials. For Glassware and China, you’ll likely only be working with small and medium sized boxes for this reason.
For Glasses –
Use packing paper to wrap glasses individually and place crumpled paper inside to eliminate empty space and reinforce/support each piece. Fill spaces between your pieces with layered packing paper to make sure nothing moves or scratches other pieces.
For China –
Line your box with paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts for a cushion. Group your like items and sizes together – plates with plates, bowls with bowls, cups with cups, etc. For plates, wrap each piece individually, and then using tape, bundle pieces together in groups of three or four. Once your pieces are wrapped properly, cover each piece with bubble wrap. You should not be able to feel the hard surface of your china underneath this padding.
Stacking Your Items –
For both glassware and China, your heaviest pieces should go at the bottom of your box. Make sure to stack your pieces in single layers – there should be a layer of bubble wrap or peanuts between any items stacked on top of one another. Additionally, there should be a 2-3 inch buffer between your items and the sides of your box, for maximum cushioning against any rough handling. Items like pitchers should be placed right side up in boxes, to eliminate added weight on thin or fragile sides.
Moving and Storage –
Whether you're moving or putting household items into storage, proper packing will help ensure no damage during transit or as the boxes sit in the storage facility and on the truck.
Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of individually wrapping all of your valuable, fragile glasses, bowls, plates, and home décor? Leave it to the professionals – as the go-to for Orange County packing services, Alex Moving & Storage offers both fragile-only packing and full-service Orange County packing and crating solutions.
With our trained professionals, we’ll make sure every item in your home is packed safely and securely so that you don’t have to spend hours doing it yourself, or worry about being greeted at your new home with boxes of broken glass.
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