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Moving Tips: Use Proper Boxes for Packing Breakables
Packing Dishes Step 1

Packing Dishes Step 1

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These relocating tips will ease your concerns about moving your breakables. Using the right kind of box when relocating for packing china, glassware and breakables can ensure a safe move of this precious cargo. Yes, any kind of box will do when that's all you have - just use more packing material for thinner boxes. If you can get them, boxes built for moving china and dishes are the best for breakables. Here are some tips when choosing packing materials:
  • Dish barrels are the best! They are made of stronger and thicker cardboard to absorb travel shock and protect your dishes. Although the name comes from wooden barrels which were used to ship china overseas, moving companies carry a supply of the cardboard alternatives. They cost a little more than regular moving boxes but are worth it.
  • Ensure you set up the boxes properly and tape the bottoms correctly. Use only strong, wide packing tape and not masking or duct tape. A tape gun or applicator will make this job easier and with a little practice, you'll find them easy to set up. Draw tape across the bottom and up the sides about one-third of the way. Additional tape is needed to secure ends and keep the container square while taping.
  • You can use newsprint for packing breakables, but each piece will require washing when you unpack. I prefer to use white packing paper which can be purchased by bundle from a mover.
  • Set up a stack of paper on a table and with your carton handy, you're ready to start packing.
  • Get the whole family involved. I've found that children as young as 7 years old can help with packing even breakable items, if trained properly. This sets the stage for the adventure of moving and makes them feel helpful and needed.

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