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How to Pack: Securing breakable items

Packing fragile items securely is important.

Packing fragile items securely is important.

Packing items can be a pretty arduous task, and sometimes you feel like you need to get it done as quickly as possible in order to get the moving process in motion. While this strategy may work for some items, it really can't be done for fragile items around the home. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the better these are packed, the happier you will be when you arrive at your new dwelling.

Ceramic or glass dinnerware can be difficult to pack, but it doesn't have to be. The best way to pack these items is by grabbing a box that can stack plates snugly, or can fit glasses comfortably. With plates, it is a good idea to use bubble wrap, newspaper or towels to separate each item and make sure that they cannot move around in the box. If you can, securely tape the packing cushions to the dinnerware.

For glasses, the process is similar. It is a good plan to take newspaper and pack it comfortably on the inside of the glasses, as this keeps the items well-supported. Wrapping the outside liberally and situating them in the box where they fit against the bottom is best.

If you have statues or other ornate housewares, these items can be expensive and need to be preserved. Using a similar strategy with the glasses, wrap them thoroughly with the packing supplies at hand. This will ensure that the items are secure, as will placing them in boxes with other items won't damage them. It actually could help if you tape the items together, after they have been wrapped, as this will help with stability.

Whenever you deal with items that are easily breakable, it is very important to seal the box well and to ensure that it is clearly labeled as fragile. By doing this, you can feel better that no one from a moving company will put heavy items on top of it, or leave it in an area where it can be knocked around, risking damage.

Keeping the fragile items near each other when getting ready to move can be a good strategy, as this will ensure that you have everything where you know it is safe. In addition, it could help ensure you're not worried about leaving anything behind.