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Packing was always the hardest part of each relocation. To be honest, it is just because you must shuffle through all your items, clean them, and pack with care. Also, you must work on your other moving tasks as well. You should create the whole moving plan, calculate the moving budget, and find reliable NYC movers. When you bundle everything together it can be quite a challenge. Therefore, let us cover one of the packing stages that bother people the most. And it is packing and moving dishes for the relocation. Let us help you tuck your fragile pieces nicely and move them with care.

We begin this journey with a reliable moving company by your side

packing and moving your dishes in boxes
The container you use for your dishes will play a great role in this story. Use better-quality cardboard moving boxes.

The first tip we can provide on this topic is the importance of having trustworthy moving assistance. No matter how you pack, if you have incompetent movers by your side, there is a chance for a moving mishap. Therefore, search online and read moving reviews. Compare prices and services across the board and find your movers. Once you do, give them a call and communicate all the details further.

Double-check if your movers possess all the licenses, permits, tools, equipment, moving trucks, manpower, knowledge, and experience. And when you confirm most of it, you’ll make the final choice. But we do not want to scare you unnecessarily, just to raise awareness. It is important to conduct a proper search for moving companies in NYC and confirm they are up to the task. And the majority are. Most of the top movers you’ll find online already have everything we listed and much more. But this does not stop you from double-checking and ensuring your investment is safe.

Materials to use when packing and moving dishes

Now when you have your movers scheduled, we must work on the packing materials required. There are a plethora of materials you can use for packing and moving home. But we won’t list them all. Just the most important ones you can use for packing and moving dishes. Visit your nearest hardware store and obtain the following:

  • Cardboard boxes.
  • Corner pads and carton buffers.
  • Blister packs, Styrofoam, and packing peanuts.
  • Packing tape.
  • Labels.
one of Divine movers packing boxes into a truck
If you find movers you can trust, you won’t have to worry much.

You can also purchase everything online or through your moving company. Movers will bring everything you need and if you want, they can pack your entire home as well. Consider utilizing packing services as it is one of the safest ways to relocate fragile items safely. Professionals will pack, move, and unpack everything. Think about it.

This is a great idea for packing and moving dishes!

One of the greatest tips for packing and moving dishes we can provide today is the container to use for this occasion. Smart people figured out that big plant pots and plastic barrels can be used to transport dishes nicely. Simply because of the shape and design. But before you dismiss this idea, hear us out. If you put blankets on the bottom of a barrel you will create a nice and cushiony environment.

Then, you should place stacked dishes with a piece of cloth, paper, or old shirts between each plate. After you place one round, add another buffer to the sides and between each plate. Rinse and repeat until the barrel is full. Cover it with another blanket and close the lid. Label the barrel with the content inside and you are good to go. But remember, do not overstuff anything because if it is too heavy to be carried around then you’ll see a lot of broken plates in the end.

The cushion for your containers

As we already said, the best cushion on the market is the blister pack, Styrofoam, and packing peanut. Although, they might be a bit more expensive for some people. So, you can substitute it with anything you already have at home. Use blankets, old shirts, kitchen cloth, blankets, smaller pillows, etc. And of course, cardboard. At the same time, you will transport dishes and your old clothing. But more importantly, those buffers will keep your fragile dishes and glassware safe.

Glassware can be a problem

Yes, those thin wine glasses can be a nightmare to pack. So, the ideal way to do it is to strengthen each glass individually. Simply put a crumpled piece of newspaper inside each glass and it will improve its durability. Then you must wrap each piece in packing paper to protect it against colliding with each other. And you must use smaller boxes with fewer glasses inside rather than a big batch. It will be easier to move and you will lower the chance for a moving mishap. Also, you must pack your small appliances and other kitchen items separately. When packing glassware, you should never mix any other items with it.

Wrap each piece individually

When packing and moving dishes you must wrap each piece individually. Yes, we already said it and it is boring but it is something that must be done. All your dishes, glasses, ceramic pots, and other easily breakable items should be nicely wrapped in a piece of packing paper. This way you will strengthen each piece individually and the whole batch in the end. And if you have a nice cushiony base as well as the cover, your items will be tucked in and they will endure the journey ahead. Therefore, invest in good packing paper and protect your dishes adequately.

Fill your box but be careful not to exceed the limit

two presons using bubble wrap
Wrap each piece individually to give it more strength and survive the journey

We know that some people have too much to handle. You can have up to a hundred breakable pieces in your kitchen. This makes your relocation and packing process ten times harder for sure. But before you start packing, we advise that you should get rid of some if possible. Declutter before the move and remove all the broken, outdated, and worn-out dishes and pots. We all have those in our home and usually, we keep them for sentimental reasons or simply hoarding unnecessarily. Therefore, donate, sell, give to friends, or simply throw away.

If you do it right, you will have up to five boxes less and your move will be easier and cheaper. You won’t have to invest too much in packing materials and you will save a lot of time as well. Not to mention that you won’t clutter your new space and you’ll have more room for other stuff.

Now you know how packing and moving dishes should look like. As long as you obtain all the packing materials required and find a reliable moving crew, you will be fine. Just be careful and patient when packing dishes and give yourself some time to cover this process in peace. Good luck and have a safe one.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011