How to Pack Plates, Dishes, and Glasses for Moving

How to Pack Dishes, Glasses, and Stemware for a Move

It’s important to take precautions when packing fragile items and belongings. And dishes, glassware and stemware are some of the most likely items to break or get damaged when not packed properly.

Here are the correct steps to take when packing up each one of these items.

Preparing Dishes Before a Move

When preparing to pack dishes, start by collecting the right materials. A dishpack is much sturdier than a standard moving box and is great to use for packing fragile items. When preparing dishes, start by wrapping and stacking up to three to four plates together. For finer china, wrap each piece individually before packing together. Do the same for bowls (only stacking up to three bowls).

Drinking glasses and mugs will each need to be wrapped individually before being boxed in a dishpack.

Preparing Lidded Kitchenware for a Move

Lidded kitchenware can be tough to pack, especially fragile items like ceramic serving dishes or slow cookers. Start by wrapping each individual lid by itself. Next bundle the lid with its dish and wrap together. This will prevent the lid and dish from chipping, or worse, and will keep the pair together.

Preparing Fragile Stemware for a Move

Wineglasses and other stemware, especially crystal ware, are extremely fragile and require some extra wrapping and padding. Begin by wrapping the stem with folded paper, then wrap the entire glass. Before packing into a dishpack, be sure to obtain enough cell dividers for each piece of stemware.

Packing Dishes, Lidden Kitchenware, and Stemware for a Move

Secure the bottom of the dishpack and layer crumbled newspaper at the bottom of the box. Start by packing the heaviest items first, likely your lidded kitchenware. Next place the bundled plates and bowl along the edges of the box and on top of the heavy items (be sure to pack these items on their side). Fill any extra space with more crumbled newspaper.

Now use a piece of cardboard to divide layers in the dishpack and insert the cell divider for stemware. Place stemware and any other breakables into each individual cell. This will prevent the most fragile items from getting damaged. If there will be more than one layer of stemware and breakables that will be packed in the dishpack, be sure to use a cardboard to separate each individual layer. Fill any extra space with more crinkled up newspaper and tape the dishpack shut.

If you’re still not sure about how to properly pack dishes and fragile kitchenware give us a call. Our team of movers are specially trained to handle those types of items and everything else you may have in your home.

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