Packing is not rocket science, but it can be tedious and time-consuming, especially when you are working with sensitive items. Packing and relocating your fragile belongings is the most stressful part of the move. You always have an apprehension that your favorite piece of china or painting will break in transit. One way to get rid of this stress and anxiety is to ensure that your fragile items are packed securely. Packing them using suitable materials and boxes significantly reduces the risk of damage.
Here are some tips for packing your fragile items safely.
Plan your move
The first thing you need to do is to plan your move. Packing up porcelain, crystal and other breakables requires some time. For this, make an inventory of all your fragile items. It will help you decide how many boxes and packaging material you require and what sizes. Take the time to carefully pack these items and decide whether they will go in the moving truck or by car.
Use solid boxes
Cardboard boxes aren’t built to last forever. Flimsy cardboard boxes put your fragile items at greater risk. Use solid cardboard boxes to pack your fragile items. Also, use cardboard boxes that fit the size of your belongings. If you leave too much space in your cardboard boxes, things will get damaged during transportation due to the possibility of punctures or the shock of quick movement.
Add protective layers
When packing fragile items, you need to go beyond plain cardboard boxes to keep them safe. Wrapping paper and bubble wrap are the first line of defense for delicate items. Use it in abundance as a shock-absorbing layer before you place your fragile items in cardboard boxes. You can also use clothes for added cushioning.
Label the contents
You may think how labeling is relevant when it comes to keeping your belongings secure. The reason is simple- when you label the boxes, anyone moving them would be aware that the items are delicate and need to be handled carefully to avoid any damage. Labeling them also helps you find out the things you want to take out first easily. Therefore, you should clearly denote the boxes that contain fragile items.
Put the heaviest items at the bottom
When packing fragile items, always put the heaviest item at the bottom and lighter ones on the top. Placing heavy objects on the top can crush the small items at the bottom. Also, fill any hollow items with wrapping paper to ensure that they don’t move around much.
Wrap each item individually
You may feel the need to put everything in a single wrap to make things quicker. However, this won’t end well for your delicate valuables. Always wrap each piece of cutlery or painting individually according to their size and weight to avoid cracks and breaks during the move.
Reinforce with tape
Once you have filled the cardboard boxes carefully, the next step is to reinforce the packaging of the cardboard box using adhesive tape at the top and the bottom. If you feel that the item is hefty, you can also strengthen the boxes with ropes for added toughness.
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