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The Do’s and Don’ts of Packing Dishes, Bowls and Glasses

A young woman packing dishes in her kitchenIf you are moving soon or looking to update your kitchen, you may be tasked with packing up your dishes, bowls and cups. This is no easy task because plates and other kitchen items are heavy and easy to break. Follow these 5 steps for packing and storing dinnerware to keep your dinner bowls, plates and glasses damage-free! Check out the list of moving and packing material.

5 Quick Tips for Packing Plates, Bowls and Glasses

1. Reinforce the Box with Tape
2. Pad the Bottom of the Box with Paper
3. Clean the Dinnerware
4. Wrap the Dinnerware in Packing Paper
5. Store Plates and Bowls on their Sides

How to Pack Plates, Bowls and Dishes in 5 Quick Steps

  1. Reinforce the Box with Tape: Even if your box is brand-new, it is important to reinforce the opening, so the box doesn’t break open. Add an extra layer of tape around the opening of the box to keep it closed.
  2. Pad the Bottom of the Box with Paper: Ball up paper and place it in the bottom of the box. This will help create an extra layer of cushion under the plates, cups and bowls.
  3. Clean the Dinnerware: Packing and storing dirty dinnerware can result in the formation of mold and mildew. Before placing the dishes into a box, run them through the dishwasher and allow them to thoroughly dry.
  4. Wrap the Dinnerware in Packing Paper: Protect the plates, cups and bowls during transportation and storage by wrapping them in packing paper. Once you have wrapped the dinnerware in packing paper, secure it using tape.
  5. Store Plates and Bowls on their Sides: Always store plates and bowls on their sides. This will help to provide the most protection during transportation. Cups should be placed into a box upside-down with no more than 3 inches of room between the bottom of the cup and the lid of the box.

Tips for Storing Dishes and Other Dinnerware

If have upgraded dinnerware sets, you may be looking for a place to store your old set. When you store your dinnerware and other kitchen items in a storage unit, you’re able to keep items out of your house and in a secure location. Follow these tips and tricks for storing dinnerware!

  1. Elevate the Boxes: Avoid storing your boxes on the ground. Overtime, it’s possible for moisture to seep up from the floor and into your storage unit, which can damage your items. Instead, elevate the items in your storage unit by storing them on pallet boards.
  2. Label all Boxes: Label every box as fragile and include a list of the contents. This is especially important if you have many boxes in your storage unit.
  3. Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit: When storing dinnerware, it is important to utilize a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit can help to keep your storage unit at a steady range of temperature. This feature is important when storing items that are more susceptible to fluctuations in temperature.
  4. Visit Your Storage Unit: While we don’t foresee any problems, it is important to visit your storage unit every few months to look for any potential concerns.

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