How To Pack Fine China And Fragile Items

How to pack fine china and fragile items

Want to learn how to pack fine china? Other fragile items? Keep reading! It used to be that one of the most stressful parts about moving was the tedious work that is packing. This task was made even more stressful if you were packing things like fine china and other fragile items. Fortunately, thanks to the internet, we now have multiple ways of getting a hold of professional moving supplies with the click of a button.

Because it’s a good idea to starting packing things you use the least first, fragile items should be at the top of your list. Unfortunately, this can also be a bit overwhelming since you run the risk of breaking things as your packing progresses.

Here’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of all the genius ways you can start packing your fine china and fragile items without breaking a sweat about their safety.

Dish Pack Boxes. Dish pack boxes are probably the most convenient and easiest invention for packing things like dishes and fine china. The convenient cardboard boxes have pre-made and padded slots where all you have to do is literally arrange the dishes and seal the box. A dish pack box with 14 pouches will run you about $8.00, making this a pretty inexpensive choice too.

DIY Dish Pack. If you’d prefer to DYI your dish pack box, and if you have the time (and cardboard), you can do so with just a few cardboard boxes. All you need is an empty cardboard box and a few other large cardboard boxes. You can cut out large 12×12 squares and use them as dividers for the plates. You’ll also want to wrap up your dishes in packing paper to offer some extra support.

Pack Dishes up Vertically. Here’s an often-overlooked trick- pack your dishes vertically. If you stack them up horizontally (aka stack them up), you run a higher risk of damaging them. To provide extra support, wrap each dish individually and place it in the packing box vertically.

Pack Bigger Items Horizontally. Unlike plates, which are stronger being packed vertically, bigger items should be placed lying down. The same rules still apply as far as adding packing peanuts and filling any gaps with paper.

Wrap Glasses and Mugs Individually. Wrapping glasses and mugs individually can seem like a tedious task, especially if you have many glasses and mugs to pack. Taking the time to wrap them individually will keep them from scratching and, of course- breaking.

Heaviest Dishes go in First.  If you have several different types of dishes to put away, pay attention to their weight. Materials like porcelain, ceramic, and crystal can vary in weight, so make sure you use your best judgment to put the heaviest items in first.

Embrace Scotch Tape. The time crunch a move requires, mixed with a little bit of procrastination and just a dash of anxiety, equal the perfect recipe for skipping steps. For some reason, the most overlooked step among movers seems to be using tape. Listen, even if you have thirty sets of bubble wrap or moving paper you need to hold in place, that’s still less than five minutes of extra time to secure it with a piece of scotch tape while you’re at it, tape everything you can down. Try taping down shampoo cap bottles, lotions, and even condiments. Embrace the scotch tape – it is a lifesaver.

Packing Wine Glasses. When packing wine glasses, make sure you start with the stem. Wrap it up with a piece of packing paper and then move on to the top. While you should be taking some time to secure the packing paper and close it with a bit of tape for all of your china- it is especially important not to skip this step with the wine glasses.

Invest in Packing Peanuts or Cushioned Packing. We know that the idea of packing peanuts sounds like a big mess waiting to happen, but we promise that using them or the equivalent of them will bring you so much peace of mind when packing your china. Knowing that no matter how many speed bumps you hit or sudden stops you make, your fine china is fully protected is totally worth the hassle.

Fill in Gaps. Once your fine china or other fragile items are packed, make sure to fill out any gaps with paper. If you still have some time before moving, you can save all the grocery store ads you get in the mail, crumble them up and then use them. Otherwise, crumbled-up newspaper will also do the trick.

Label your Boxes. It would be a total shame for you to spend all that time carefully packing your delicate china only to have it crushed by a much heavier item. Before you start loading up your china, make sure to label every side of the box with the word “Fragile.” You can even use different a different colored marker and bright packing tape to avoid any confusion.

Hire a Professional. If packing your fragile items makes you nervous, you can always hire a professional service to do it for you. If you are hiring a professional , there is also a good chance that they can help you or at least guide you on the best way to do it.

We know that there’s more to fragile items than the material they’re made out of. Many times they hold sentimental value. Maybe they are wedding gifts, family heirlooms, or a reminder of how hard you worked for them. But moving fragile items doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you follow our tips for packing safely, you can rest assured that your fragile items will make it to your new destination as good as new.


Where Can I Get Free Boxes?

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Where can I get free boxes for a move?

The number one moving supply you’ll need on moving day is moving boxes. Depending on your move, you may even need a few dozen of them, and purchasing them from places like Office Max or moving companies can quickly add up. To save you some money, we’ve made a list of all the places you can find free boxes for your move. Check them out.


Amazon Deliveries. Well, technically, you paid for these, but you can get the most bang for your buck from all your Amazon purchases by keeping all the boxes they deliver in. Although they might be on the smaller side, they are still great for putting away things like plates, video games, and frames. Bonus: they often come with bubble wrap you can also use for your move.


Neighbors. If you’re constantly throwing out cardboard boxes, imagine how many more your neighbors also have. As soon as you find out you’re moving, put the word out with your neighbors. They’ll more than likely have a few boxes of their own they are more than willing to give you.


Local Classifieds. Apps like Craigslist, Neighbor, Offer Up, and your local Facebook group almost always have someone trying to get rid of their cardboard boxes. Don’t be afraid to post your own ad looking for boxes. Chances are, as long as you’re willing to pick them up, you’ll find more than enough people willing to donate them.


Local Grocery Store. If you’ve ever driven through the back lot of your local grocery store, chances are you’ve seen their section of trash cans that contain mountains of cardboard boxes. The good news is that you don’t have to go dumpster diving for these. Reach out to the store manager and ask if you can grab the next batch of boxes they get rid of before making it in the bins. Score!


U-Haul. Did you know U-Haul has a cool spot in each of their locations where people can opt to leave their moving boxes for other movers? All you have to do is look up your local U-Haul, drive over and see if they have any boxes. If you live in a metropolitan area, you might even have a few locations to choose from.


Office Depot or Office Max. It’s not what you’re thinking. The great irony here is that while Office Max and Office Depot are certainly places you can purchase your boxes, they also have a ton of cardboard boxes they’re constantly trying to get rid of. Next time you’re looking to score a bulk of free boxes, call them first thing in the morning and find out when they’ll be getting rid of their next batch and if you can take them off their hands. Trust us; they’ll probably be super happy to hand them off.


Walmart.  Believe it or not, Walmart has also become somewhat of a go-to for boxes. If you go there after 10:00 pm, you should find any size box leftover from their drop-off shipments. Hint: get there early, especially if you’re looking for a particular sized box, as this is actually a pretty well-known place to get free boxes.


Target. Target is also known for getting rid of their boxes. However, their shipments are a little trickier to get your hands on. Some people swear they get their shipments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, while others report it’s an every other day type of thing. To be on the safe side, we recommend you call the Target you’ll be going to ahead of time and ask if they’ll be willing to set aside some boxes for you. Most of the time, the answer is yes.


Barnes and Noble. If you can score some boxes here, you’ll be in pretty good “moving” shape. Because books are heavy, their boxes tend to be consistently sturdier. There are different reports about unloading times that seem to vary across places, so your best bet might be to call your local Barnes and Noble ahead and find out if/when they’ll be getting rid of their boxes.


Local Drug Stores. By now, you’ve probably noticed a trend. You should be able to find free boxes at any of your local stores, but the easiest always seems to be the drug stores. Such places include stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, etc. The key is not to be shy and call to find out about their drop off-time. Ask about the best times to pick up boxes after they unload their cargo. Some stores do it early Saturday mornings. Others do it at the beginning of the week. Either way- you won’t find out until you ask.


Grocery Stores. This is actually one of the best suggestions on our list. Grocery stores boxes not only make some of the best moving boxes, thanks to their side handles but a massive perk in scoring some of these boxes is that often they come with free produce. That’s right, scoring your local grocery boxes can often mean you get hooked up with free fruits, vegetables, and even perfectly safe to use meat. Of course, you’ll want to get your hands on these the second they leave the store, so, again- make sure you call ahead.


Apartments. Apartment buildings usually have colossal recycling bins that are filled to the rim with boxes. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, feel free to hunt down some boxes in any near-by apartment buildings. Heads up, it might be a good idea to befriend someone in the establishment or even the property manager to help avoid any misunderstandings.


Local Recycling Center. This one can be hit or miss, but it’s worth mentioning. While your local recycling center will certainly be filled with cardboard boxes, half of them might either be ruined or on the verge of being sold. Either way, if all else fails, it can be a good choice.


There you have it. There is absolutely no reason why you have to spend any money on boxes on your next move. All you need is about an hour of free time and maybe a few minutes to make some calls. Happy box hunting!


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Tips on Packing Fine China for Moving

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