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12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving

As you can guess, packing fragile objects when moving to a new home is quite different than packing your clothes or books. Your evening dress will not break if you accidentally drop it, and neither will a book. However, dropping a breakable object on the floor is never a good idea, is it? If you have made the wise decision to pack your things on your own, then you are bound to reach the kitchen at some point in your packing run. And when you do, you will probably find yourself fairly nervous when it comes to packing all the breakable items that are located there. Read these 12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving. Learn how to pack glasses for your relocation, from sorting them and getting the required packing material to the special packing techniques that will keep your glassware protected and safe during the residential move.
12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving

Getting the packing supplies 

Packing glassware when relocating is impossible without the using the correct packing supplies. The general idea is to make sure that your kitchen glassware, including your stemmed glassware and crystal glassware, will be adequately protected with the aid of packing paper and bubble wrap, and then be adequately protected from any dangerous external factors. Here are the packing supplies you will need to get in advance so that you won't have to interrupt the packing process unnecessarily.

Boxes for packing glasses:

 It is best to pack your kitchen glassware in cardboard boxes with thicker walls and stronger cardboard. These are the same containers that should be used for packing kitchen plates and are commonly referred to as dish boxes. Essentially, the thicker cardboard provides your glassware with the extra protection. Considering both the cost of moving and of the packing materials, you might not be willing to invest in such specific dish boxes, and that is normal. The good news is that the usual cardboard boxes will also do fine as long as you properly prepare them before filling them.

Paper for packing glasses:

 Packing glasses for your relocation is a sensitive task that will require the proper approach to ensure its success. Make sure that you buy enough sheets of soft packing paper to serve as the primary layer of protection for your breakables. Newsprint is not a suitable material for packing glasses as it tends to leave nasty ink stains, but you can still use newspapers to fill in any space inside the box after it has been packed.

Bubble wrap:

 Bubble wrap usually serves as a second layer of protection for your glassware, so you are strongly advised to get a few rolls. Do not worry if you purchase more bubble wrap than you need because that great plastic material will be in high demand throughout the home packing task.

Packing tape:

 Get a couple of rolls of good-quality packing tape to reinforce the packing boxes, keep your wrapped-up glasses from unwrapping during the relocation, and seal the cardboard boxes the minute they get filled with protected glassware.

Markers:

 Ready a single black marker or a set of colored marker pens for labeling the dish packs once you've packed them.

The step-by-step packing guide 

These 12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving will show you the best way to pack glasses when relocating to a new home. You will have to pay particular attention to packing wine glasses because of their extremely delicate stems. And if you have prepared all the packing materials, then let us start packing those glasses.

Step 1: Reinforce

Reinforce the bottom of each cardboard box that you plan to use for storing glassware during the relocation with packing tape. Do this even when you are using brand new packing boxes, including specialized dish boxes.

Step 2: Line

Crumple a few sheets of newspaper and put them on the bottom of each box to create an insulating layer that should absorb any big shocks or vibrations during transportation. A few sheets of bubble wrap will also serve to form a soft protective layer on the bottom of the box, but it is the more expensive method because bubble wrap costs more than newspapers which are virtually free.

Step 3: Prepare.

Take the stack of soft packing paper and lay it out on a flat surface. If the kitchen table is not available, then you can set up the temporary packing station on the floor.

Step 4: Wrap the glassware

Take a kitchen glass and position it in the very center of the stack of packing paper. Take two sheets from one corner and tuck them inside the glass, then do the same with the other corner that is facing the open part of the glass. Finally, pull the opposite two paper corners over the glassware piece to cover the glass completely.

Step 5: Secure everything

As soon as you have formed a paper bundle out of the piece of glassware, you will have to use a bit of packing tape to keep it all together during the move.

Step 6: Calculate while you pack

When packing glasses for your move, it is necessary to keep track of the value of the pieces you are packing. For example, if you are protecting regular glasses with no stems, then you will not usually need to add bubble wrap as a final protective layer. But, if you are packing stemware or if the individual glasses have sentimental value for you, then you need to use bubble wrap to ensure that the valuable glasses reach the new home.

Step 7: Use bubble wrap

To pack delicate stemware or pack valuable glasses for moving, use bubble wrap to provide added security. For stemware, place a thick piece of the bubble wrap over the whole length of the stem, use tape to secure it in place, and finally cover the entire glass in an additional layer of bubble wrap that goes over the paper one.

Step 8: Boxing

All of your packing efforts may be in vain if you fail to follow a few basic rules of packing glasses in a box. First of all, make sure that the bottom of the box is well-insulated as described in the second step. Secondly, make sure that you arrange the wrapped glasses tightly one next to another, leaving as little space between them as you can manage. And lastly, if you are going for a second row after you have filled the bottom one, put a few sheets of bubble wrap between the rows for additional insulation and padded protection.

Step 9: Padding

Once you have arranged all the glassware into a box, use pieces of paper or bubble wrap to fill in any empty spaces inside the box. The goal is to immobilize the contents of the box so that nothing shifts around inside during the move.

Step 10: Test it

You have been following the safest way to pack glasses, but you need to check the result of your efforts before you seal the box. To do that, hold the box a bit off the ground and then shake it gently. If you feel even the daintiest movement inside the box, use more filling to fix it.

Step 11: Seal the box

Seal the box. When the shake-it test is concluded and successful, close the box making sure the box's lid can be closed comfortably without pressing too much on the contents inside. Use packing tape to seal the box.

Step 12: Labeling

When you are done packing your kitchen glasses, it is time to label that box so that it gets delivered to the kitchen in the new place, and that whoever handles it understands that the contents inside are delicate. Take your black marker and label your boxes "Kitchen glassware" on at least two sides of each box, then mark them as "fragile."
These 12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving should help you to pack your glassware so that it remains safe during your move. It's important to keep in mind that packing up your kitchen, and particularly all the fragile items in it can take a long time to complete, time that you may not have before your moving day. Our professional team of moving experts at Cross Country Movers would love to help you out. Call or email us, and we will quickly respond to help you with your relocation in any way that we can.

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Recap of the 12 steps to help you pack your glassware when moving

Step 1: Reinforce
Step 2: Line
Step 3: Prepare
Step 4: Wrap the glassware
Step 5: Secure everything
Step 6: Calculate while you pack
Step 7: Use bubble wrap
Step 8: Boxing
Step 9: Padding
Step 10: Test it
Step 11: Seal the box
Step 12: Labeling
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