What is the best part of moving? When it’s over. You’re in your new place, friends are gathering with gifts of food, wine and kitchen gadgets. Somebody opens up a bottle of vintage cab and—because you labeled everything—you know exactly where your wine glasses are packed. You open the box… and everything in it is broken.
It doesn’t have to end this way.
Moving is a chore and nothing can change that. But, there are ways to minimize the damages. For wine glasses, pottery bowls, and other breakables—including nightlights (we won’t tell, we swear)—there is a simple step you can take to protect the things you love. Wrap them up with something called newsprint packing paper.
Interesting: it’s got “newsprint” in the name but there is no news. (I guess no news is good news?) This type of packing paper is blank… and that’s what makes it so easy to use. It’s like newspaper, but without all the ink smudges, distractions, and gossip columns. And the best thing is, when you unpack your fragile items, you won’t have to wash all the smudgy ink off them—they can go right from box to cupboard.
Newsprint packing paper is stronger than tissue paper and it’s recyclable. What’s even more appealing: it’s not expensive. In my moving history I have found that Home Depot is the best go-to supply store—from cardboard boxes and tape to cleaning supplies (so I get my deposit back). I especially love bringing Daisy, my yellow lab, with me when I shop there. But back to moving supplies: Home Depot’s got packing paper.
So, how do you use it? Well crumple the paper up and use it to fill your bowls, glasses (especially delicate and much-needed wine glasses), vases, that collection of mason jars, and Pyrex. Once you fill the empty spaces, you create a safety zone around your stuff. You can also use it to wrap framed pictures; for this, I use two layers: a crumpled layer to absorb shocks (you’ve never seen me drive a moving van!) and a smooth layer protected with masking tape. It’s so much easier and more environmentally friendly than those darn Styrofoam peanuts.
As I mentioned earlier, the best part of moving is getting to the other side. When you arrive, you can save all the sheets of newsprint for packing and mailing all the items from your next big sale on eBay. You can also use it to pack souvenirs from your new place (hey, who doesn’t want a cheese board from Wisconsin?) to let your pals back home know that you’re thinking of them.
Newsprint paper is cheap, easy, and eco-friendly. Best of all, it will keep your wine glasses safe and sound for your housewarming party. Cheers!
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