The kitchen contains so many precious yet fragile items – antique China plates, ornamental glassware passed down generations, cast iron cookware, custom wood utensils – it often induces the most packing anxiety for homeowners prepping for a big move.
Luckily, the professional movers at MaxiMoving have perfected a proven system to safely pack up every single kitchen possession to prevent cracks, chips, scratches or damage even with delicate heirlooms and glass.
Our Curated List of Packing Tips to Pack Dishes For Moving
Read on for an extensive guide of tips and tricks to flawlessly pack dishes, plates, pots, appliances and anything breakable kitchen-related using industry best practices. We’ll explore specialized wrapping techniques, optimal box lining methods, clever organizers to employ, and more top-tier trade secrets so you can feel fully confident entrusting your cherished kitchen valuables to the moving truck!
Wrap Fragile Glassware Individually
The number one packing rule for any fragile kitchen item? Each piece must be individually wrapped in protective barrier materials before placing carefully in boxes. This includes glassware, ceramic plates, crystal stemware, china dish sets passed through generations, vintage tea cups from Grandma – anything vulnerable to scratching, breaking or shattering in transit.
Carefully swaddle fragile wares completely in soft yet durable bubble wrap sheets or tissue paper secured snugly on all sides with no wiggle room. Wrapping properly is truly the best way to pack dishes and delicate cookware accessories so they all arrive in flawless condition after stressful moving day jostles and bumps.
Expert Tips for Packing Plates, Bowls, Mugs & China Without Cracks
Many homeowners dread packing up all their dining sets from precious antique china to everyday dishware when relocating. Yet improperly stacked plates and bowls often lead to frustrating cracks and chips come move-in day as boxes shift in the truck.
Utilize these pro packing methods perfected from years of professional moving experience to keep your fine China, stoneware plates, and cherished dish sets damage-free:
- Wrap each individual plate and bowl securely in a layer of bubble wrap, secured snugly underneath to prevent any movement. Then sort wrapped dishware by size, alternating stacking larger dinner plates and smaller saucers or dessert plates so stack heights stay balanced and even for transport sturdiness.
- Interlace stacks neatly with added sheets of bubble wrap or tissue paper as a protective barrier before packing tightly into sturdy boxes lined with premium newsprint or craft paper padding. This prevents jostling and rubbing during transit so no annoying surface cracks occur.
- For highly sentimental antique China sets and ornate glassware, reuse original crates, packaging and compartmentalized casings specifically sized for each piece if available. If unavailable, take care to individually wrap every single plate, bowl, teacup, gravy boat and serving platter separately before organizing them snugly in layers of premium protective newsprint.
- And of course – clearly label all boxes containing dishes, plates, bowls or glassware as “FRAGILE” prominently on all sides. This alerts movers to gently handle with exceptional care to prevent tragic damage!
Clever Tricks to Pack Glassware without Breaks
Crystal stemware, wine glasses and decorative glassware also often fill kitchen cupboards – yet these gorgeously fragile items never travel well tossed haphazardly into moving boxes. Prevent heartbreak over your shattered treasures with these pro tips:
- Again – individually wrap! Delicately cushion each glass and stem in soft paper before snugly lining glasses upright in sturdy liquor or wardrobe boxes specifically sized for glassware with protective dividers. Wrap delicate glassware rims with added tissue paper before capping lids.
- Alternatively, gently nestle each wrapped wine glass stem-side down diagonally across thickly layered newsprint inside boxes so fragile rims never touch sides.
- If packing more casually into standard boxes, ensure each individual piece gets a protective double layer of thick bubble wrap fully surrounding slender glassware stems before sealing boxes securely. Then label boxes clearly as fragile with UP arrows pointing which side stays upright.
Handle Heavy Kitchen Appliances & Cookware with Care
What about safely packing other hefty kitchen wares like le creuset enameled cast-iron pots, dutch ovens, plus small appliances like stand mixers, blenders and juicers? These weighty items require just as much care to prevent denting, breaking or causing collateral damage by squishing more delicate items:
- When available, always reuse original product packaging from manufacturers for perfect-fit security and padding durability. Otherwise, generously wrap small appliances in thick bubble wrap sheets with added cushioning newsprint or packing peanuts if space remains in boxes.
- For heavy cast iron cookware – first clean thoroughly then wrap pairs or sets tightly together using waterproof stretch plastic wrap to prevent abrasions before nestling into secure boxes padded with newsprint.
- If transporting glass blender pitchers – carefully wrap base and lid separately, then place the fully encased glass pitcher upright surrounded by added newsprint inside a snug dish barrel or wardrobe box to prevent tipping over through moving travels.
Clever Kitchen Organizers for Moving Day
Beyond wrapping fragile wares individually and securely lining boxes, helpful storage containers provide an extra layer of ingenious kitchen item protection for relocation day:
- Invest in gently used professional restaurant bins. The reinforced rounded corners and sturdy carrying construction allow stackable transport of odd shaped pots and pans or delicate china serving platters with reduced risk of damage.
- Similarly, second-hand commercial kitchen bins on wheeled dollies offer secure mobilization of heavier small appliances without strain or sudden drops leading to cracks and dents.
- For efficiency packing identical fragile wares like wine glasses or ceramic mugs – sort bundles into compartmentalized six pack totes or beverage carriers often saved from grocery supply runs. The built-in dividers cradle each wrapped piece to prevent jostling movement.
- Lastly, basic plastic storage totes with snap-shut lids offer modular moving inventory organization. Pack lids, pots or lipped plates to avoid tipping over. Label contents clearly on cover.
By following these professional packing best practices – wrapping fragile items individually, appropriately sizing boxes, utilizing handy kitchen organizers, cushioning with ample paper or bubble wrap, and clearly labeling contents, you can flawlessly pack up every prized kitchen possession like the pros! MaxiMoving’s very own movers personally recommend these failsafe packing tricks and tips to deliver your delicate valuables stress-free. Contact our team for full kitchen packing services guaranteed to safely transport your most cherished glasses, plates and family heirlooms on moving day!