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Do you know how to pack up your fragile items?

Whether you are moving home or just packing away to create more space, packing items properly is essential. Old towels, small blankets, newsprint, and paper towels: many people use these to wrap their fragile items, but these are not wise choices.

Newspaper can be dirty and paper towels are not strong or reliable. Old towels slip easy and cannot be secured with tape, which is essential for proper packing of fragile items.

Here are our tips on how to pack up your fragile items and keep them safe:

1. Prepare in advance. Packing up valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables, requires some time. This is not the time to rush. If you are not hiring movers, start well in advance of moving day and take the time to properly pack these items.

2. Have the right tools. Here’s what you need: quality boxes in various sizes; packing paper, bubble wrap, pliable cardboard, scissors, and packing tape.

3. Packing the most popular fragile items:

Frames – picture frames should be placed in paper lined boxes, and standing up, if more than 8 inches, with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper. Top frames with more packing paper, in order to ensure that items don’t move around in the box. Pictures that are over 3 feet in size should be secured with a moving blanket, plastic wrapped, and moved separately.

China & Plates – plates should be packed vertically in small to medium boxes, lined with crumpled packing paper, on the bottom and top. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place paper in between the standing plates. Do not over-pack the box.

Lamps – lamp shades should be boxed separately with lots of paper. Bases can be placed in a large box if necessary and bubble wrap used where appropriate.

Glasses – wrap glasses individually with packing paper and place crumpled paper inside the large pieces to diminish empty space. Line small or medium boxes with ample packing paper, top and bottom. Layer spaces around glasses with paper as well. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box, with lighter pieces on top.

Now that you are all wrapped up, be careful when transporting your belongings to a storage space, or to the your new place. If you are hiring a moving company, they will know how to transport your items safely, but be sure to let your movers know which boxes contain fragile items.

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