How to pack your dishes so they arrive in one piece

The proverb “good luck charms come in small packages” is not very comforting when you move into a new home and find a pile of good luck charms instead of your favourite dish. How can you make sure fragile items stay intact and keep you happy after the move?

Dinnerware is usually the most delicate item in the house, so as much attention as possible should be paid to packing it. You can do it yourself or contact our specialists. However, read on to find out what tricks are used by professional removal companies, for example.

What do you need to pack a claim?

  • A comfortable place to work – prepare a desk at a height that suits you, where you can pack comfortably and without straining your back.
  • Boxes – Stock up on boxes of the right size to put your dishes in.
  • Packaging material – make sure you have wrapping paper, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, napkins, old newspapers, soft cloth or perforated paper to hand.
  • Other tools – keep a sticky note, knife and marker handy.

We recommend the use of perforated paper. It is a high quality paper designed to package and protect products during transport. Generally, Activa wrapping paper is used in combination with an ActivaWrap dispenser. You can buy perforated paper from Kolimisrõõm and rent a dispenser if needed.

Tips on how to pack dishes correctly:

  • Before packing, reinforce the bottoms of the boxes by sticking tape to the outside of the boxes and placing crumpled paper (old newspapers) inside (bottom and sides) as a cushion.
  • Wrap each item separately in multi-layered wrapping paper, including lids.
  • Leave the paper loose, rather than creased, and avoid the ‘pretty gift wrapping’ style – the more folds and creases the better.
  • Large and heavy items downwards in the box, small and delicate items upwards.
  • Fill the empty space with paper towels to prevent objects from moving and shaking.
  • Stack things on top of each other, with packing material in between.
  • Tape over packaged boxes and mark clearly, for example, mark the fragile contents with “Glass” or “Thin!”. Mark with an arrow where the top half is, so that heavy things don’t get on top.
  • Remember that the dishes are heavy! Avoid a situation where the bottom or the transporter ram will not support the box when lifting.

Non-destructible dishes

Wrapping pots and pans with cloth or paper protects them from dents and scratches. Pack items inside each other, filling empty spaces with packed spoons, forks and other small items. Metal utensils can be transported in bags that are easier to carry.

When moving, inform assisting friends or movers of boxes containing dishes and advise them to keep them carefully. Feel the joy that you don’t always have to pack pretty – this time, pack safe!

However, if you are convinced that packing is not for you, contact our specialists, we will be happy to help!

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