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Tips for Moving Dishes Safely

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When moving houses and packing yourself, it’s important to remember that when moving dishes, they need to be packed carefully.  If not, you’ll be disappointed when you find broken plates in your boxes.  So in this article, we are going to guide you on how to properly pack your dishes every step of the way. So let’s get moving!

1.  Get the right boxes to pack your dishes away

In order to get your dishes from your old kitchen to your new one, we’re going to need the right materials to ensure safe passage on that moving truck.  It’s about keeping it safe and padded to avoid chipping, and to get started we’re going to need strong boxes.  A medium size box is going to be a good option because it will be big enough to fit your dishes, but small enough to keep them snug.  Too big of a box, and you’ll waste space and protective material.

2.  Pad the bottom of your boxes

Moving DishesThe bottom of the box is where the most force will be.  As gravity pulls everything down, it needs to be the softest here to make certain nothing will break.  Using packing paper, made wads by compacting the paper into long rolls going the same direction.  Put them into the bottom of the box and push them down so they flatten down a bit.  Next, fill the bottom of the box with packing paper and press down on the paper to create a flat even bottom of paper.  This will the base of our box and the crucial way to keep our plates safe and sound.


3.  Wrap your plates

The next step is to wrap your plates.  Before you do that make sure to complete step 4 from the article Do’s and Don’ts of Packing. You can use a variety of materials.  Packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, and styrofoam plates will work.  I personally have used all of them and don’t typically use newspaper because ink will end up on your plates and will need a good hand wash to get it off.  I like to use wrapping paper because it keeps the most space filled up without using packing peanuts. This reduces the amount of pressure each plate will have placed on it and keeps them safe.

4.  Place your plates vertically

It may sound crazy, but keeping your plates standing vertically in your boxes is the safest way to store them for transport on the moving truck.  The reason why is the area of the plate that has the most strength to withstand chipping or cracking is the very edge of the plate.  Any force will travel to the edge and move around the sides, distributing the force until it weakens completely.  So when placing into the box, place your wrapped plates vertically until you fill a complete row, perpendicular to the padding on the bottom. This ensures that the plates don’t slide between the padding and hit the bottom of the box, adding an extra layer of protection.  Then add packing paper to the rest of the box to fill in the extra space.

5.  Tape your box and label it

There’s no point in packing plates into a bag if they’re not secure inside so use strong packing tape to ensure the top of the box won’t open and is sturdy.  Next, write fragile in large text on the box and add a label to it to mark the room you want it delivered to.  If you want to take your labeling and unpacking organization to the next level, color code your boxes to make it so easy for you and your movers to get every box into the right room, a monkey could do it!

6.  Moving dishes onto the truck

With all that hard work finished to guard our dishes, we need to take one last step to protect our dishes on the road.  There are a lot of boxes going into that moving truck so we want to put these into the safest areas.  Those are going to be areas that won’t allow many boxes next to them.  When moving dishes, under tables or desks you’ll find there is protection from boxes on top so that makes it a perfect spot for dish boxes. Another one of my favorite spots is in the dressers with the doors secured shut so the boxes won’t slide out.  Another great tip is to face your dressers towards the walls so the doors or drawers don’t open up.

7.  Unpacking

The last step is to get those boxes boarded into their respective rooms and unpacked.  If you used newspaper, be sure to wash off the ink that rubbed off the newspaper onto the plates before storing them in your cupboard.  And that is how you pack, protect, and trasnport your favorite dishware to your new home, worry free.

Here are some additional tips to make your move an easy and successful one:
10 Beginner Tips for Moving

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or tips of your own for keeping your dishes safe when packing and moving to a new house, please comment below and let us know!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Packing and Moving

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You can either hire a moving company to pack for you or do it yourself and save some money.  Keep in mind that if you hired the best moving company your area, they will reimburse any damages they made during a move.  Packing yourself can lead to a little damage during the process, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow these do’s and don’ts of packing.

1.  Do…Purchase the right materials for the job

Things you need:

  1. Packing Paper – This is a special paper for packing into boxes.  I know you’re tempted to use the newspaper but it will leave ink stains if you do.  Packing paper has the strength and softness this kind of job requires.
  2. Packing Tape – Buy the right kind of tape.  Scotch, Masking, and Painter’s tape aren’t strong enough to secure the boxes and will lead to boxes breaking.
  3. Boxes – You don’t need go out and buy new boxes.  It’s okay to pack used boxes but make sure they are sturdy and don’t have any tears or signs of deterioration.
  4. Permanent Markers – Have a set of different colors handy for labeling each box for which room it belongs in.
  5. Bubble Wrap and Peanuts – They can be messy but are the right material for the job when you are packing up delicate items such as china.

2.  Do…Pack Personal a Bag

Make sure to pack two weeks worth of clothing and supplies.  This will be your travel size clothing and hygeniene bag to used until you’re finished most of the unpacking.  Include items you use on a daily basis like toothepaste, towels, soap, cell phone charger, and any medications.

3. Do…Pack a Supply Bag

Pack the essentials you’ll need for the first couple of days like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pans, paper plates, sheets for the bed, etc.

4. Do…Clean it

Before you pack anything into boxes, clean it first. Otherwise, you’ll bring the dust and dirt that settled from your old home to your new one.  Also, when it comes to old and dirty things, think of what you could leave behind or throw away.  Your moving company will charge based on the weight and space your belongings take up in the truck so you can save some money by getting rid of things you may not really need

5. Do…Color code your boxes

Now that you’ve cleaned everything as you’ve packed it, label the boxes with either colored packing tape, labels, and/or markers.  Unless you’ve hired the best moving company in your area, they won’t pay much attention to the scribble on the boxes anyway.  By color coding each room you make it easy for the movers to get the right boxes in the right room.

7. DO…Pack and label everything

As your packing items inside boxes, label them so you know what’s inside.  Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to pack everything before the movers arrive.  I know someone who procrastinated and was throwing her unpacked things into black garbage bags as the movers were taking the boxes she packed onto the truck.  Leave yourself plenty of time to finish before your movers arrive.

6. Don’t…pack small things into boxes directly

Use small bags like you’d use for sandwiches and label them with the name of the small things you’re putting in it. How you organized your old house will be different from your new house and one of the most frustrating things about moving is not being able to find something small in a sea of clutter.

8. Don’t…Bring important papers with you

Keep all important documents with you in a file folder, just to be extra safe.


These tips can really turn a stressful move into an organized stress-free system.  I hope these tips helped you out and comment below with your favorite tips!