packing dishes for storage

Packing Dishes for Storage: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Moving house can be an overwhelming experience, and one of the most stressful aspects is ensuring that your belongings, especially fragile items like dishes, make it to their new home unscathed. Packing dishes improperly can lead to breakages that could have easily been avoided.

This guide aims to alleviate some of that moving stress by offering step-by-step instructions on how to securely pack your dishes for storage. Whether you’re keeping them in storage units for the short term or an extended period, these tips will help ensure your dishes remain intact and ready for use whenever you need them again.

Packing Materials You’ll Need

To make packing dishes, for storage or moving interstate, safe, you must know which packing materials are required. At the very least, you will need:

  • Rolls of packing tape
  • A permanent marker to write on the storage boxes.
  • For your most valuable and fragile items, buy bubble wrap even though it costs more than packing paper.
  • Consider having a tape gun if you want to speed up the process.

Remember to wrap each plate individually. This means you will need considerable packing paper and bubble wrap.

4 Steps to Packing Dishes for Storage

4 steps to safely store your dishes

To prevent damage, it’s crucial to learn how to pack dishes for storage properly. Follow these four simple steps for the best results.

Step 1: Consider Purchasing High-Quality Moving Boxes and Materials

Invest in sturdy cardboard boxes with lids and dividers. These will help keep your dishes safe during the move and storage. Also, make sure to purchase packing paper or bubble wrap for extra protection.

Using strong moving boxes and calculating the number needed based on the number of plates to store dishes safely is recommended. Using weak and used cardboard boxes from grocery stores is not advisable as they may fail to provide adequate protection. It is safer to opt for durable boxes to prevent any breakage of these delicate items, such as plates.

To store dishes for a longer duration, it is recommended to use specialised plate boxes with double corrugated cardboard sides. These boxes protect the plates and prevent them from being flattened or damaged by other items during storage. In addition, they are durable and suitable for extended storage requirements.

Step 2: Wrap Each Dish and Carefully Place Dishes on Boxes

To protect dishes during transport and storage, wrap each dish separately in bubble wrap, covering all sides. You can use packing paper or newspaper and bubble wrap using the following method for packing dishes.

Carefully place each dish on the cardboard box. This is to ensure that the dishes will not move around during transport. Place similar-sized dishes together in the same box and label them as fragile so you can quickly identify them when unpacking.

Plates and Bowls

While moving supply stores offer expensive boxes designed specifically for dishes, you can still use a regular box if you’re careful and add extra padding.

  • To wrap your dish, start by placing it in the centre of a piece of packing paper. Then, secure the corners of the paper over the plate.
  • Please repeat the same process using three additional plates of the same size.
  • To pack the plates, first stack them together. Then, place the stack upside down on a sheet of packing paper. Finally, wrap the entire bundle with the paper and seal it with tape.
  • To avoid plates from breaking, place the bundle of plates vertically in a small box with a thick layer of packing paper underneath them.

Glasses, Cups, and Stemware

  • To pack cups and glasses, firstly, use wadded-up packing paper to gently fill them up. Then, wrap the stems and handles with paper, slightly crumpling them to create padding. Finally, wrap each piece individually on paper.
  • When packing cups, glasses, and stemware in a box, keep them upright. Use packing paper to cushion them and avoid laying them down.
  • To stack the glassware in your box, ensure they are the same size and stack them carefully. Make sure to fill any empty spaces with crumpled packing paper.
  • To protect delicate stemware better, you should use two boxes for packaging.
  • Once you finish packing the box, place it inside another larger box that has been padded on all sides with packing paper.

Other Kitchen Items

Wrap the handles of large objects with packing paper before wrapping them individually.

  • To wrap a teapot, wrap a rolled-up paper around the handle and then wrap an additional piece around the spout.
  • To protect the teapot during shipping, follow these steps: First, place the teapot upside down in a bottom corner of a stack of packing paper. Next, fold several sheets of paper over the teapot to create a bundle and secure it with tape.
  • Put the teapot lid and pot in different packaging. Afterward, put them both in the same box, ensuring the teapot is placed upside down.
  • To keep the knives safe, please cover each one with paper and then wrap it with bubble wrap. Another option is to use knife-protective sleeves.
Pots and Pans
  • Organise pots and pans by size in nested groups.
  • Place two or three sheets of packing paper in a large pan. Then, insert a smaller pan and line it with more packing paper.
  • Use an even smaller pan and repeat the process with progressively smaller pans.
  • Place the pans inside each other and turn them upside down on top of the packing paper. Then, wrap them with at least three additional sheets of packing paper.
  • Before putting the bundle into a box lined with packing paper, use a piece of tape to seal it closed.

Step 3: Add Extra Protection and Seal The Box

To prevent your dishes from shifting during transport, add extra padding to the box and use packing tape to seal it. Fill any gaps with scrunched-up paper or soft items like pillows. Packing the box to its total capacity is also best to avoid contents moving during transit.

Step 4: Fasten The Box Securely and Label It

After packing each box, fasten it securely with a top-quality bungee cord or straps. Label the boxes clearly with a description of the contents and “Fragile” so you or the expert you hired know which boxes need extra care. Load your boxes into the moving truck according to size and weight for easy transport.

Additional Packing Tips

To become an expert in packing dishes for storage, there are some tips and tricks to remember besides buying a large amount of packing paper.

  • Start by packing the heavier items.
  • Use towels or newspapers instead of packing paper to reduce waste.
  • Ensure you place cushioning material in all the spaces within each box when packing.
  • Make sure the boxes are not too heavy when packing.

Relocations WA: A Sure Solution for Your Packing and Storage Needs

When storing your belongings, your plates, glasses, and cookware are at high risk of damage. Properly packing dishes for storage using appropriate methods and supplies is vital to prevent any breakage during transportation to your new location.

Relocations WA offers comprehensive services that include an optional packing service. This service is available to assist you with packing your household items, including kitchen utensils, electronic devices, home decor, and personal effects.

Additionally, if you need a kitchen dishes storage unit, we have secure and convenient self-storage options available for residential or commercial use in Perth, Western Australia.

Contact us today to get a quote about our convenient packing and self-storage solutions. Our team of experienced experts will assist you in finding the ideal packing and storage solution that meets your requirements and budget, with competitive rates, flexible contracts, and excellent customer service. We ensure your satisfaction!

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