Packing your dishes the right way can make all the difference between preserving your delicate dining ware or replacing them after a move. Here are some tips to help get you started!
One of the most time-consuming rooms to pack in your home is the kitchen. Dishes can be especially challenging due to their weight and delicate nature. Packing your dishes the right way can make all the difference between preserving your delicate dining ware or replacing them after a move.
Prepare Your Boxes for Packing Dishes
You’ll want to ensure the boxes you use for packing your dishes are moving boxes because they are sturdy. It's best to pack types of dishes separately to avoid awkward or uneven stacking causing too much movement and resulting in a box tearing or dishes breaking. Determine what size dish and how much you will pack in the box. Be sure the items assigned to the box will fit snug to limit movement. You can line the box with bubble wrap as an added layer of protection inside the box.
When wrapping dishes for a secure move, it’s best to stack them—bowls should be stacked inside of other bowls the same size, etc. Wrap each dish in paper or plastic wrap before stacking. Add a layer of paper in between the dishes as you stack them. Wrap the stack in plastic wrap to keep it together, and place odds and ends from your kitchen (i.e., dish towels, pot holders, etc.) in the space around the bowls and plates in the box. Test the
weight of the box periodically to ensure it’s not too heavy to carry, and that there is no bowing at the bottom.