How to Pack Dishes for a Move


Crockery and China dinner sets are the pride of every home. These the special occasion dishes which come out when important people come home for dinner, or during the Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas. These are the dishes you would lovingly wash and wipe yourself every time you use them, because you cannot bear the thought of risking their breakage or chipping. What do you do with your precious china when you move? How do you ensure that the elegant and super delicate crockery sets survive the operation? Professional packing is a choice, but this costs a lot of money. If you want to save money without compromising with the safety of your lovely dinner sets, all you need is a little planning, time and effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Shredded newspaper
  • Large sheets of newspaper
  • Styrofoam sheets
  • Large boxes
  • Marker pens
  • Broad cello tape
  • Thin rough wood sheets
  • Nails and hammer
  • Take old newspapers and run these through a shredder. You should have enough of these shredded paper to stuff in between the dishes you need to pack; you need plenty so go ahead and make a big pile of it. Alternatively, you could visit a fruit shop and ask them for the waste shredded packing paper, which is just as good as your freshly shredded newspaper.

  • Take a box and line it with thin sheet of styrofoam. Deposit on the bottom a thin layer of the shredded paper. The box should be slightly larger than the dishes it has to accommodate so you have space to add the packaging stuffing around it. Now take each dish, wrap it in newspaper and put it in the box. Before you place the next one, put some shredded paper on the dish you placed in the box. Put in all the dishes using this method, ensuring that they fit comfortably within the box.

  • Take shredded paper and stuff it all over the box in such a way that it creates a protective cover from all sides. This should be stuffed well, so the dishes are immobilized by it. Before closing the box, add a sheet of styrofoam. Now the dishes are ensconced tightly into a shock-resistant box. Now, seal the box very carefully.

  • Take the marker and carefully write in large legible letters "FRAGILE" on all the sides and "THIS END UP" with a large arrow showing which end should be up.

  • Consider a crate if you have more than one set and the box is large. Make a crate that resembles a wooden cage. Crating further ensures that there is no pressure on the dishes and keeps it safe from harm during the move.

Tips & Warnings

  • In case you do not get newspapers to shred, you could also use straw. In case straw is not available as well, use cloth. The reason why each dish should be separated with shredded paper, straw or cloth is to ensure that the friction of the movement does not break them.
  • Ensure that the packing is tight. Any movement could result in breakage.

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