No matter how many cabinets are in the kitchen or buffets in the dining room, there are always pieces that you don't use often and would like to store away for a while. Your breakables – dishes and glasses – require special care when packing them for storage.
Start with a sturdy box, taped securely on the bottom. Buy some white wrapping paper (you can use newspaper, but you'll need to wash everything when you unpack) and set up your wrapping station – box, pile of paper, items to be packed handy. Crumple some paper for the bottom of the box. The air in crumpled paper adds extra cushioning. You'll need about six inches of this paper.
Beginning with the sturdiest items, like heavy mugs or serving trays, lay them on the stack of paper. Wrap every piece separately with at least two sheets of paper. For glasses, insert part of a sheet into the open end. Roll items in the paper, tucking in the sides as you go. Very fragile items should be wrapped this way twice.
Place the glasses and dishware into the box as you go, remembering to place heavy items on the bottom. Fill in empty spaces with crumpled paper so that each layer is solidly packed. When you place items into the box, you should hear no noise from items making contact. During the entire process keep thinking “more paper is better.”
Fill the carton to within 3 inches of the top. Complete each box with another layer of crumpled paper.
When you tape the carton closed, you should not be able to depress the top at all. That way, if you stack these boxes, there won't be any empty spaces in your packing that will lead to compression of that area and possible damage to your breakables.
We hope that following these wrapping tips will keep your fragile items safe! What do you think about these storing tips for breakables? Let us know with a comment below.
Image via ShopTerrain.com