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Guide to Packing Your Dining Room

In most homes, the dining room is one of the most important rooms of the house. It often includes expensive china and crystal. In some cases, the breakables may be important antiques or family heirlooms. These are fragile pieces that are highly valued, and not just financially. The value could be sentimental, but it is rarely trivial.

How to Pack Glass and China

  • Chinaware, glass, and crystal stemware are often some of the most valued items in a home, but especially in a dining room.
  • Place layers of newspaper on the bottom and top of the box
  • Wrap all glass and china individually in paper
  • Wrap the outside of your glasses and tuck the edges of the paper over the lips into the cups
  • Cushion all glassware and china by placing paper or bubble wrap between the individual pieces in the box
  • Double up on the paper for highly valued pieces
  • Label boxes with the contents and the words “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP” in bold colorful letters

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Packing Tips for Flat Glassware

Flatware is easier to pack than stemware, but it’s still important to protect it from breakage.

  • Place layers of newspaper on the bottom and top of the box
  • Wrap each piece in paper individually
  • Bundle your flatware in sets of three by wrapping the bundle in another layer of paper
  • Place each bundle on edge and in rows within the box
  • Lay a double layer of newspaper across the top of the bundles in the box
  • Label the box with contents and write “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP” in bold letters

Tips for Packing Silver and Other Delicates

The biggest issue for silver is tarnishing. To prevent this from happening, try

  • Wrapping it in newspaper or plastic
  • Wrap hollow ware like cups and bowls individually
  • Place loose flatware in a box or wrap it in a bundle
  • To prevent shifting in chests, wrap pieces of silver individually and place back inside the chest then fill the chest with paper
  • Mirrors, plaques, pictures, and curios should be wrapped individually in tissue with an outer layer of newsprint

Do not wrap lamp shades in newspaper. The print will seep into the shade and discolor it. Use tissue paper instead. You can nest smaller lamp shades inside larger ones. Keep lamp shades separate from other items and pack them in their own boxes clearly labeled.

If you have large items made of glass, such as dining tables or table leaves, china cabinets, etc., consult with your moving company on such items.


How to Pack Fragile Items

When you hire a moving company in Plymouth, that’s one of the most important steps in any moving process. Another important step is making sure all of your fragile items are securely packed. RJ Moving, a trusted moving company, has a few tips on how to make sure all of your items get to your new house in one piece.

Fill any hollow items, like vases, with Styrofoam peanuts. Then roll it up in bubble wrap. Plates should be packed individually. Never stack plates on top of one another and then pack them! If you stack them, there is a chance that if one plate breaks, the others will too. Plates should also be packed vertically. Use small or medium boxes. That way, the boxes won’t be overly heavy and your moving company will have an easier time moving them from one location to another.

Glasses should also be individually wrapped. Wrap them in packing paper and crumble up some paper to stuff inside of them too. Make sure to layer paper in any empty spaces in the box too. This will also make things easier on your moving company.

Any pictures and frames you want to pack up should also be packed in small to medium boxes. Wrap each frame in packing paper, and stuff the boxes with extra paper as well. For larger pictures and frames, wrap a moving blanket around them and then wrap plastic wrap around the blanket. Be sure to let the moving company know what’s in there so they know to take extra special care of it.

For any items that are an unusual shape, wrap them in bubble wrap, then make sure to tape the loose ends of the bubble wrap. Then wrap it securely in some pliable cardboard. Again, tell your moving company what is in there and make sure they know to take extra care with that item.

For a reliable moving company serving Plymouth, contact RJ Moving at 612-384-2028 or Contact Us.