How to Pack Your Fragile Possessions

From family heirlooms to everyday dishware, packing up your fragile belongings is a big task. Getting tactical with the way you pack these items will help to ensure that they make it to their destination unscathed.

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

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STURDY BOX

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BUBBLE WRAP

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PACKAGING TAPE

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MASKING TAPE

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NEWSPAPER

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PACKING PEANUTS

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PERMANENT MARKER

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CARDBOARD DIVIDER

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CORNER PROTECTOR

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Before you begin, make sure you understand the golden rule of packing fragile things: leave no open spaces. Whether you use packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper, your items shouldn’t have any wiggle room whatsoever.

CHINA & DISHES

Use packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap your china dishes individually. Then seal with a piece of tape.

Bowls should be placed upside down.

Don’t stack plates on top of each other. Stack them vertically in their own box.

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GLASSWARE

Stuff your glasses with newspaper or packing paper.

Wrap all your glassware individually with newspaper or bubble wrap and fasten with tape.

Use cardboard divider or “dish packs” to secure each glass in its own cell. Pack these upside down.

 

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WINE BOTTLES

Wrap each bottle in 2-3 layers of newspaper or packaging paper.

Place wine bottles in a box with a cardboard divider.

Wine is subject to bottle shock with constant shifting so it’s best to wait a few weeks before opening.

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ANTIQUES & FRAGILE KEEPSAKES

Wrap your collectibles and keepsakes in bubblewrap; this will add cushion and keep them safe.

Sandwich your collectibles between two pieces of cardboard.

Fill any remaining spaces with packing paper.

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IF YOU’RE HIRING MOVERS, IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE YOUR ANTIQUES APPRAISED BEFOREHAND IN CASE ANYTHING HAPPENS DURING THE MOVING PROCESS.

MIRRORS, ARTWORK, & LARGE PICTURES

Pack these in mirror boxes or other similarly thin boxes.

Wrap in packaging paper and secure it with tape.

Put one item in each box then fill with packing peanuts.

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Once everything’s packed, it’s time to tape up and label the boxes. Fold the small flaps in first, followed by the large ones, then use the “H” taping method to secure it. This method consists of taping the flaps down at the middle of the box, then taping the edges perpendicular to that to form the letter “H.” Use a permanent marker and write “Fragile” on all sides of the box, then write “This side up” with arrows denoting the appropriate direction.

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