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How to Pack and Move China
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|China (be it new or antique) will be one of the more delicate kitchen items you may have to move to your new home during the moving process.
Despite how intimidating it may seem, if you follow the proper tips and techniques for packing your china, there should be no fear of damage when it comes time to unpack and find a place for it in your new home.
SuppliesDon't skimp on the necessary supplies for packing fragile items such as china. For this packing process you will need:
- A dish pack or other thick/sturdy moving box
- Unprinted newsprint
- Bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- A permanent marker
The packing processAfter procuring the required supplies, the wrapping and packing process can officially begin!
- Reinforce the bottom of the box. To prevent the disastrous from happening, reinforce the bottom of your china's moving box with packing tape, making sure there is no chance of the bottom falling open.
- Layer the box with bubble wrap. Pad the box you will be placing your china in with bubble wrap for reinforcement during travel.
- Wrap the plates. Wrap all your china plates individually in unprinted newsprint. Never use printed newsprint as the ink could stain your dishware.
- Pay careful attention to cups and bowls. Since they're more fragile, make sure all parts of your bowls and cups are individually wrapped and wrapped properly, being sure to tuck the extra paper into all hollow spaces.
- Pack the moving box. Once all your china is wrapped properly, it's time to start packing.
- Plates can be stacked in bundles of three after being individually wrapped, wrapped again in their bundle with more unprinted paper and then placed inside the dish pack on their edge as if you were packing records.
- Shallow bowls may be loaded in the same way you treated the plates.
- Cups should be packed with their edges face down.
- Fill in the space. If there are any empty spaces in the box, fill these with packing paper to prevent jostling during transit.
- Secure the package. Once all the china is inside, seal the box securely with packing tape.
- Label it properly. Just so you and everyone knows that the items inside are extremely fragile, mark the box as "Extremely Fragile: China" on all sides and on the top. To further prevent damage, note which side to be kept facing up during your move by marking the box: "This Side Up."
Moving tipsTo ensure that your china does not become damaged in the move:
- Check that nothing is stacked on top of the boxes with these fragile place settings inside
- Wherever the boxes are placed, be sure that they are secure and in no danger of falling over in transit
- For extra stability, consider placing Styrofoam plates in between your china plates before wrapping your bundles
TIP: Want to stress less about your china on moving day? Consider moving it separately from the rest of your belongings, such as in your car away from the majority of your belongings.
Hire professional moversIf the prospect of packing and moving your expensive china scares you, there's always the option of hiring professional movers who do this sort of thing for a living. Fill out this fast and free quote form and you will be directly contacted by movers in your area who can do the wrapping, packing, moving, loading and unloading for you!