When packing your kitchen, one of the biggest challenges will most likely be packing your glassware. Your dishes are the bread and butter of your kitchen, so it’s important to keep them in perfect condition once after the move. With a good game plan, we can make your task from daunting to manageable with expert and foolproof methods.

The Art of Wrapping

Make sure you have an adequate amount of packing paper as well as the right techniques to pack up all your glasses. Set all the packing paper on a nice flat surface for the process to be more efficient. Set the glass a bit off centre on the corner of the paper closest to you. When packing up those mugs or glasses, start by stuffing one end of the paper into the cup and then wrapping the rest of the cup with the rest of the paper. Fold over the edge of the paper to the inside of the glass. Do the same for the two other corners so that all the paper is stuffed into the glass. Two magic words for wrapping glassware: “roll” and “tuck.” Roll the glassware across the packing paper and then tuck the rest of the paper into the glass. Wrap each wine glass individually and keep wrapping until there is enough to fill up the box.

The Box is Important

Ensure a smooth move for your glassware and breakables by having the right type of box. If you have fairly thin boxes, then make sure that you have extra packing materials in the box. You might want to use a special “dish pack box” for packing your glasses. These boxes have double thick walls that can provide double protection for your glassware. The type of box used to pack china is called a “dish barrel carton.” It’s a two-walled carton made to support the added weight of china.

Start with a soft bed of packing paper or paper crush (made to add an extra cushion) at the bottom of the box. Or you can wrap up a couple of pieces of paper to provide a bed at the bottom. Place all wrapped glassware and dishes upside down inside the box. Your strongest and sturdiest bowls and dishes should go on the bottom with your most fragile china and glassware at the top of a box. Do not place heavy items on top of less sturdy items when placing all of the glassware in the box. Every single piece should be wrapped thoroughly to the extent that you won’t hear any ‘clinking’ sounds when you’re moving the boxes. After you’ve finished putting in a layer of glasses, insert a layer of cardboard into the box for your second layer. Fill any gaps in each box with newspaper or packing peanuts so that there is minimal chance of things moving in the box. Remember to label all the boxes “fragile” on all sides so your movers know what they contain and note the box on your inventory sheet for your kitchen.