Packing Fragile Items
Packing fragile items is one of the most stressful parts of moving. If items are not packed properly, they can be broken into bits before reaching their destination. Whether packing a set of expensive wedding china, or heirloom glass vases, it is important to take time and care necessary to ensure their safe arrival.
Choosing the Proper Container
It is important to pick the appropriate box for packing fragile items. While cardboard boxes are cheap and convenient, they are not often designed to hold heavier items, such as a set of China or crystal. The original packaging, if it is still in good condition, should be designed to hold whatever item it initially carried. Otherwise, it is wise to purchase a plastic storage container. Plastic is much sturdier, ensuring greater safety for delicate items. The plastic container should have handles, to provide ease of carrying. The size of the box is dependent on the size of the fragile items. While it is tempting to stuff a box with as much as it can carry, it is important that the box not weigh too much or else it will be difficult to transport. The box should be large enough to leave extra space for packing materials, but not so large that the fragile items will move around and increase the likelihood of breaking.
When packing fragile items, the box should first be lined with crumpled paper or other packing materials. Then, each item should be wrapped individually with paper or bubble wrap. Flat items, such as plates, should go first, while cups or other oddly shaped items should follow. After all items are securely packed, it is important to fill the extra space with shredded paper or packing peanuts so there is no room for the delicate pieces to shift around.
After packing all items, it is important to label the boxes. Boxes that contain fragile items should be set aside and clearly denoted as “FRAGILE” with large, bold letters. To minimize the amount they are handled, labeling the contents clearly and indicating what room in the new home they will be stored in is a great idea. With these few simple steps, it is easy to ensure that all fragile items will arrive at their new home in great condition.
While it is possible to purchase bubble wrap and packing peanuts at shipping stores, there are more frugal ways to collect packing materials. Many people save these materials from packages that come in the mail. Shredded paper is also a great packing material. Saving junk mail for a few months can provide a decent supply of paper that can be used for packing.
Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher working out of the great state of Texas. He has been writing about this subject for several years, and he finds that a great resource is the website at Unicornmoving.com.