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Before a move, there are plenty of things to pack that don’t require much advance planning. For things like the bookshelf and the linen closet, simply make sure the box isn’t too heavy and the load is balanced, and you’re usually good to go. However, the more delicate items require careful protection, packing, and transport to avoid any damage on moving day.
Here are five of the best ways to pack fragile items for moving from your local professional movers to help you keep your possessions safe while you head to your new home.
1. Use what you have
You’ll likely need to get your hands on a combination of protective items like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and paper to make the trip as safe as possible for glassware, mirrors and any other fragile possessions. But you can cut down on waste and cost by using items you already own like towels, blankets, pillows, and similar items to fill space in boxes and serve as a protective cushion. Bed Bath & Beyond suggests placing especially breakable and valuable items in dedicated boxes, with a blanket at the bottom and a pillow on top.
2. Be careful from the start
The act of packing itself will likely expose your fragile belongings to dangers they don’t normally face. It’s important to have a safe area for packing and to recognize the weak points of the items you’re packing. The last thing you want to do is knock your grandmother’s china off the table as you reach for the packing paper! The Spruce suggested packing your fragile items on the floor to prevent a fall, as well as potentially scratching a tabletop.
You may also consider laying down a towel or blanket in the area where you’ll pack for maximum protection.
3. Use multiple materials for the most protection
One layer of protection is good, but many layers is often best. Wrap fragile items in a layer of bubble wrap or packing paper, and then fill the empty space in the box with crumpled newspaper, packing peanuts, or similar filler material. This will minimize the ability of the box’s contents to move around and potentially break during transit. For the large, flat items, like mirrors or glass tabletops, consider a layering strategy. Wrap the glass in a very soft material, like a towel, then use a more rigid but still yielding layer, like cardboard, and repeat as many times as is practical.
4. Be extra careful in the kitchen!
Most people’s kitchens are full of items you use on a daily basis and can stand up to some less-than-gentle handling while being washed, but are still extremely vulnerable to the dangers of the moving process. We have a dedicated guide perfect for wrapping up everything from dishes to cups, bowls, glasses, and stemware.
5. Let us help you!
Chances are you’ve probably only packed up your belongings, fragile or otherwise, a handful of times. Turning to the professionals will save you time and make sure your possessions are as safe as possible during the trip to your new home. While many people think of movers as mainly focusing on getting boxes, furniture and other items from point A to point B, packing is another important and helpful service to consider.
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