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Tips for Moving Dishes Safely

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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