When I was younger my family and I moved a lot. And not just from house to house in the same neighborhood (although we did that, too), a few times we moved to another country. Anyhow, when it came time to pack up the kitchen, my mom had a few tips that I still use to this day. And to make it more interesting, I also found some new ways that are pretty convenient when you’re packing dishes.
I have visited local grocery stores to ask for their old newspaper ads and magazines so I can pack my glassware and dishes when planning a move. I don’t have to spend any money on purchasing newspapers and can usually get a few more stacks this way.
Because the sheets are a little smaller than a regular newspaper, my advice is to get extras just in case. If one store doesn’t have enough, try a few others and you’re bound to get enough.
Lay the newspaper down on a flat surface and place the plate in the center. Fold over and wrap as well as you can– trying to cover the entire surface of the plate. Get a few sheets of newspaper and tuck them underneath if you need to. The trick is to get the whole dish covered to prevent damage in the move.
If you have a mug or glass cup, lay it down (diagonally) by the corner of the sheet of newspaper and then wrap over and tuck under. Then, push the excess paper inside the cup or glass to secure the fold.
A lot of people don’t like this tip because they’re worried the ink from the newspaper may get on the dishes and be harmful. I always wash my dishes (again) when I unpack so I’ve never really been too concerned with this. If you prefer, substitute the newspaper for kraft paper or tissue paper and follow the same process.
This is a tip I hadn’t heard before and I think it’s extremely useful. Rachel Cooper, PR representative for Hefty, explains that using Hefty plates between other plates can help prevent damage.
“Put a Hefty everyday foam plate between each of your breakable plates. Once you finish moving, they can be reused for the normal reason (disposable tableware!),” says Cooper.
When you’re packing dishes, it’s likely you’re moving residences so why not pack your dishes AND your towels together to not only prevent damage (provide cushion in between plates and around the box) but also to pack your towels.
Mix and Match
Here’s the bonus tip. If you’ve been able to hold on to some of your previous moving supplies like bubble wrap, egg crates/cartons, cardboard sleeves or even those pesky Styrofoam packing peanuts, use those to secure your package and save some dough. Basically, everything goes when you need to protect your valuables.