When it comes time to pack up your house, chances are you’ll find lots of fragile items that need to be packed with care. Packing can be stressful enough as is. Once you add in having to pack fragile items, it can be downright overwhelming.
So, what’s an effective yet easy way to pack up all those fragile items and not have to worry about them? We’ll walk you through the seven best ways on how to pack fragile items. Keeping these tips in mind should help relieve some stress when it comes to packing fragile items.
1. Organize all the fragile items
First and foremost, when setting out to pack fragile items you need to get organized. Start removing items from cupboards and closets so you can get an accurate picture of what you have and what needs to be packed.
Although you may feel inclined to rush the process, keep in mind that if you start to rush, you are more likely to break these items. Set some time aside to dedicate to just packing up your fragile items and you’ll be more likely to pack them properly, ensuring they make it to your new home in one piece.
2. Pack cushioning in the bottom of boxes
Before you start to pack the fragile items, take your towels and layer them in the bottom of your boxes. You can even use packing peanuts or packing paper to do this. This will make the box even stronger and provide additional padding and shock absorption. The less space you have in your boxes and the more padding you have, the better it will be for your fragile items. A bonus? It’s a great way to pack up your towels too!
3. Use the correct packing supplies
It’s also imperative that you pack your fragile items using the correct supplies to pack fragile items. This means stocking up on ample amounts of packing paper and bubble wrap. Make sure you have these ready before you start packing your fragile items up.
Use the packing paper as an initial layer and then wrap the items in bubble wrap. If you have a lot of free space in your box, also use the bubble wrap in this space to further cushion the items and act as shock-absorbers. You can never use too much bubble wrap. In this case, it’s best to use more rather than less.
4. Label the boxes
This packing tip applies to all of the items you’re packing but is particularly important for fragile items. You want to communicate with the movers and let them know that there are fragile items that need to be handled with care. A great way to do this is to buy packing tape that has “fragile” written on it.
All you need to do is use this tape when packing up fragile items and everyone will know to handle the boxes with extra care. Conversely, you can use a permanent marker to write fragile on the boxes yourself. As long as your labels are clear, this will go a long way in ensuring your delicate items arrive safely.
5. Pay close attention to box sizes
While stocking up on packing supplies, load up on boxes of varying sizes. Use large boxes to pack lighter items so you don’t end up with a really heavy box. Then use small to medium-sized boxes for heavier items.
Pro tip: when it comes time to pack up your fragile dishes, a good tip is to pack plates vertically. This helps to ensure that your plates won’t break. You’ll want to wrap each plate in bubble wrap and then place them in the box vertically.
Like we mentioned above, make sure to fill up that space with packing paper or bubble wrap. To further secure your plates, you can tape them in. This will limit the amount they move, decreasing the chances of breakage.
6. Use sturdy boxes to pack fragile items
When it comes to packing fragile items, you want to make sure they are being housed in a very secure box. The thicker the better. This will not only provide extra cushioning and shock protection but will ensure that the box you’re using doesn’t break and destroy your delicate items. You really can’t be too safe when it comes to packing fragile items.
7. Secure the items in the moving truck
Our last tip is to properly secure your boxes of fragile items in the moving truck. Even if you’ve taken every precaution possible, if your boxes are not properly secured in the truck and start falling all over, your items won’t stand much of a chance.
Make sure to let your movers know which boxes in particular need to be secured. They should be able to take proper care of these boxes, so they arrive at your new home intact.