Tips for Packing Dishes, Bowls, Glasses and Silverware

Posted on: October 22, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage October 29, 2019

A young couple properly packs dishes, bowls, glasses and silverware for a move and storage

When you unpack your dishes after moving, the last thing you’re going to want to see is a broken dish. If you live by yourself and don’t often have dinner guests, you may be able to get away with having one less plate or bowl. If you have a large family or often host dinner parties, one broken dish can translate to needing a whole new set. If you properly pack your dishes and bowls before your move, you won’t have to worry about them shattering or breaking. Learn how to pack dishes, bowls, glasses and silverware here!

How to Pack Plates, Bowls and Glasses

  • Clean the dishes, bowls and glasses: Before placing the glassware into the box, it is important to ensure they’re clean. This step is important even if you are doing a quick and easy move. It’s possible the boxes may get temporarily misplaced during the move and the last thing you want is to open your box and find mold and mildew.
  • Add padding: The more packing paper you use, the better. Pad the bottom of the packing box with a layer of crumpled up packing paper.
  • Wrap each dish, bowl and cup in packing paper: It’s important to wrap each item in packing paper to protect it. Wrap the paper around the dish diagonally and tuck in the ends of the paper to secure it around the plate.
  • Store plates and bowls in a row: The heaviest items should always go towards the bottom of the box, so pack plates and bowls first. Plates and bowls should be packed standing vertically in a row inside of the box.
  • Pad each row with packing paper: Once you have finished your first row of dishes, place another layer of wadded up packing paper on top to pad the next row.
  • Store lighter items on top: Your glasses should be stored upside towards the top of the box.

How to Pack Silverware

  • Group silverware together: Air can cause silverware to tarnish. Prevent your silverware from tarnishing by wrapping the groups of silverware into bundles. Always use unprinted packing paper to wrap your silverware.
  • Place bundles inside of silverware tray: Transport the silverware to their new destination inside of the silverware tray.
  • Wrap silverware tray: Wrap the silverware tray to keep items from falling out during transportation.

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