When you’re packing to move to a new home, it can be a stressful situation because of the amount of things you need to get done. The situation can become even more stressful when you need to worry about packing all of your belongings. Packing glassware, in particular, is a tricky task because of how fragile such items are.
If you’ve decided to pack your content yourself, then you need to be especially cautious about how you pack your glassware. Check out the following tips on how to pack glassware for your next move:
1. Organize Glassware
When you’re unpacking after a move, it can be a hectic process. But you can make unpacking easier by organizing everything before it’s even packed. That way, finding and identifying certain items in your new home will be simple. If you don’t organize your belongings, then you’ll waste time trying to find and organize things after the move.
Before you pack your items away, sort out what glassware you no longer want or need, and keep the same glasses and collections together.
2. Get Proper Packing Supplies
Prior to packing away your glassware, you’ll want to make sure you have more than enough packing supplies to ensure everything is packed properly and has enough padding to protect items from shifting and breaking during the move. Among the items you will need are boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing tape.
For packing glassware, the best boxes to use are dish boxes: boxes with thicker sides and sturdier cardboard than normal. With thicker cardboard, there’s more protection for your glassware. However, if you don’t want to get special dish boxes, standard cardboard boxes will work just fine with thorough padding and protection.
Each item should be wrapped with soft packing paper, which will act as the primary layer of protection. Do not use newspaper to wrap your glassware because it can leave ink stains on the items. You can, however, use newspapers to fill extra space in the box and as padding after items have been packed.
Bubble wrap will act as the secondary protective layer for your glassware.
Getting quality packing tape is important, because it keeps the boxes sealed, which prevents the glassware from becoming unwrapped.
3. Set Up and Reinforce Boxes
Whether the boxes you’re using are new or used, it is important to reinforce the bottoms of the boxes with packing tape. But this is especially important for used boxes, because they may not be as sturdy as brand new boxes. By reinforcing the boxes, you will limit the potential for the boxes to break.
4. Pad the Boxes
Crumple up sheets of newspaper for the bottom of the box to serve as padding for the glassware. This padding will absorb vibrations or shocks from transportation, preventing glass from breaking. If you have enough of it, you can also use layers of bubble wrap to pad the bottom of the box.
5. Wrap the Glassware
Get a stack of soft packing paper, and put the glassware in the middle it. Then, grab two sheets from one of the top corners, and place the paper inside of the glass. Do the same for the other top corner. Next, take the bottom corners, and wrap the rest of glass.
Once the glass is completely wrapped, tape the paper down to keep it wrapped during transportation.
You can also use bubble wrap for extra protection. To do this with stemware, wrap the stem with bubble wrap, and tape it down. Then wrap the entire glass in bubble wrap, and tape the bubble wrap to keep it in place.
6. Pack the Box
Before you start packing the box, make sure that the bottom is padded well. When it is, arrange the glassware in the box tightly together, making it so there’s minimal space between each item. If you’re putting a second layer of glassware in the box, put sheets of bubble wrap between the layers for extra protection.
Fill any empty space in the box with packing paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap. The addition of extra padding will limit the ability for any content in the box to move or shift during transportation.
7. Do the Shake Test
Prior to taping the box shut, you should check whether the box has enough padding. Lift the box off the ground a bit, and gently shake it to get a sense of whether there is enough padding or if more is needed.
8. Close and Label the Box
Once you have sufficiently packed and padded the box with glassware, close it, but make sure it can be comfortably closed without putting too much pressure on its contents. Then seal it with packing tape.
When the box is closed, label the box of its contents on two sides. Also label the box as “fragile” and/or with “handle with care.” It is recommended that, when labeling the box of its fragility, use a color that stands out, so the words are easy to spot.
If you are packing your stuff yourself for a move, be sure to follow the aforementioned tips to ensure the safety of your glassware. The last thing you want to do when you move into a new place is stress over broken items and replace them. With professional moving services, you can be eased of the stress that comes with preparing for a move.
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The professional movers at Mid-West Moving & Storage are trained, licensed, and bonded to provide full residential moving services. We will pack, transport, and unpack your belongings and can even provide storage if necessary, transporting your belongings in a safe manner.
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