Warning! Fragile! How to Best Pack and Move Fragile Items


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If you are planning a move, you may be a bit stressed. The sudden realization of how much stuff you own, the cost of moving and the disruption to your normal routine can certainly put a damper on the excitement over your new place. The last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your favorite wine glasses or family heirlooms are going to arrive at your new location safely.

Using the correct materials and proper packing techniques will ensure that your breakables arrive safely at your new location. Follow these helpful tips, so relocating your fragile items can be a breeze! Why not let Stoneledge Terrace Apartments help you come up with a plan!

Get The Right Materials for the Job

Before you can pack anything you’ll need the right materials. Here’s a quick list of the basics:

Boxes of various sizes. You can either buy them or try to find free ones. Grocery and liquor stores are usually pretty happy to donate boxes, as it relieves them from having to break them down for recycling. Many beverage centers have boxes that come with cardboard dividers perfect for packing items like drinking glasses. For larger boxes, try supermarkets or discount stores. Wherever you acquire the boxes, make sure you select the sturdiest ones available and cast the torn or flimsy ones aside.

Packing tape. Don’t try and make do with that old roll of duct tape you have lying around. Get the heavy-duty tape made specifically for packing.

Stretch plastic wrap. This comes in handy, especially when securing packages wrapped in cloth.

Bubble wrap. This is essential for protecting items, and it comes in rolls and sleeves that are perfect for individual dishes.

Extra cushioning. Shredded paper and crumpled magazine pages are free if you already have such things on hand, and they work great as extra padding for breakables. They’re also more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Linens. Towels, sheets and blankets can provide additional protection for fragile items. Keep a stack nearby as you begin packing. Clothing and stuffed animals can come in handy, too.

Get Started Early

Deal with your breakables first and as soon as possible. A lot of care must go into packing delicate objects. You don’t want to feel rushed boxing up your good dishes and then realize when it’s too late that you missed a step and didn’t protect them properly. Once your fragile treasures are all snug in their moving boxes, place them in a safe area and then focus on your more durable possessions.

Get Packing

✔ Once you have all of your materials, you’re ready to pack.

✔ Cover the box bottom with plenty of cushioning, such as crumpled paper.

✔ Always put heavier or less fragile items on the bottom.

✔ Vertically stack same-sized dishes with ample padding in between them so that they can’t hit each other, causing scratches and chips. Be careful not to over stack.

✔ Stuff each individual glass with crumpled paper to diminish the empty space and then wrap each glass with wrapping paper or bubble wrap.

✔ Place any bottles containing liquid (perfume, shampoo, wine, etc.) in sealed plastic bags before swaddling in bubble wrap or paper.

✔ Prepare and pack especially delicate items in smaller boxes, then secure those inside larger boxes.

✔ Pack big mirrors and framed pictures in boxes that accommodate their sizes and shapes. The box should be somewhat of a tight fit. Another option is to carefully wrap each mirror in a thick blanket or comforter and then secure them completely with stretch plastic wrap.

✔ Lamps should be encased in bubble wrap and then packed in large boxes with plenty of cushioning around them. Lamp shades should be placed in separate boxes.

✔ Before closing a box, make sure contents are stabilized and safe from bumps and shocks.

✔ Seal each box with plenty of packing tape (on the top and bottom seams, and wherever else you deem necessary).

✔ In thick bold ink, mark each side of the box as “Fragile” and be sure to clearly list each box’s contents.

✔ Within the transport vehicle, “Fragile” boxes should be stacked on top of non-fragile items and should not be free to tumble around.

Get Moving!

Once your fragile belongings have been taken care of, the rest of the packing will be easy, and you’ll be heading to your new apartment in no time!