Your Essential Guide to Packing: What to Do for Different Items

Moving house may seem easy in theory, but we all know better. If you’ve ever tried to move house, you know exactly what we mean. What seems easy at first can quickly escalate into a packing nightmare, with items getting lost, misplaced, or broken and damaged. So what can you do to make packing easier? Here is your essential guide to packing: what to do for different items.

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How to pack your glassware

Packing items which are fragile has always been a conundrum for many. But when it comes to packing fragile glassware, simply make a ‘cushion’ of packing paper (or any other soft paper or tissue paper) at the box’s bottom. Once this is done, place several sheets of harder paper over the soft cushion so your items will have a ‘shelf’. Start packing heavier glassware first, such as mugs and tumblers, vases, and pint glasses. Wrap each piece of glassware in paper then place it at the bottom. Items should be placed side by side, but make sure they do not press against each other. Fill in gaps with soft paper as well. Build it up layer by layer – soft paper first, then the hard paper as a shelf. Make sure to pack more delicate items, such as wine glasses, near the top, but leave space at the top so you can put more soft paper in to act as a further protective layer.

How to pack your books

Books are relatively easier to pack than glassware. Simply lay the books on the box’s bottom, but make sure they are laid flat rather than standing up, to protect their spines. Make sure the box is filled right up to the top to avoid collapse. If your books are heavy or hard-bound, use a smaller box rather than a big box, so it will be easier to carry.

How to pack your dishes and china

As removals Gloucester professionals from Andrews Removals attest, packing your dishes and china is similar to packing your glassware. Heavier items should be placed at the box’s bottom, and more lightweight items near the top. Make sure, though, that the box you use is taped up on the outside, especially at the bottom. Again, use soft paper to layer the bottom part. Start wrapping the items by placing a plate or dish onto a piece of wrapping paper, starting at the back. Fold over the remaining paper and place one more dish on top. Turn these two dishes over and then put another dish behind the two. Then wrap up the three dishes all together with a sheet of wrapping paper and place them in the box, lying down. Repeat this layering process until your reach the top of the box. If there are gaps, fill them in with soft paper. You can also fill in gaps with bed or kitchen linen, towels, and blankets.

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