Are you getting ready to move to a new home? That’s nice. Relocating to a new place is a fresh change that we all need from time to time. But while that’s a great change, it is also something that takes a lot of time and effort. You’ll find that there are many chores to complete before you can call your move truly done. For example, the packing alone will surely take a while. And if you want to pack small items in just the right way, we’ve got a nifty guide right here for you!
Making a Good Plan
As we mentioned above, moving is much less simple than people believe it to be. While it seems like an easy enough process from the outside, once you actually get into it, you’ll find that there is a myriad of different obligations and issues that may rise up. With that in mind, we urge you to make a plan for how you will pack small items in advance. While it may seem like you can just wing it and do things as they come along, that would be a grave mistake. Because, while you’re moving, the relocation chores aren’t the only thing you have to deal with.
On top of all that, you’ll find that the things you have to do on a daily basis don’t stop just because you’re moving. Yes, your job still exists, and all the stress that comes with it, as well as your family and their needs you have to tend to. So, keeping all that in mind, we definitely recommend starting to plan your moving and packing process well in advance – it’s better to be safe than sorry. This chore will take up a lot of your time, if you don’t do this right. So, once you know that you’re moving – start working on a packing plan immediately.
Do an Inventory First
So, once you start working on a plan to pack small items in advance, the question is: where to begin? If you ask us, you should definitely work on an inventory list right away. When you’re supposed to pack an entire household, there’s really no better way to do it properly. If you just do the items without an inventory and a plan, you’re bound to miss something, or not have a plan for packing things nicely, and thus the proper supplies. And that’s definitely a problem, especially when it comes to small or fragile items.
With that in mind – start listing out all of the small items you’ll be packing weeks in advance if you can. That way, if you need any special moving supplies for them, you’ll know that you have to buy them. The worst thing is not being properly prepared and then having to improvise with small or breakable items. Which is a problem, especially because those kinds of small items tend to have a great sentimental or material value. That’s definitely something to keep in mind for your next move – if you plan out everything, you won’t have any troubles.
Let’s talk about one of the most useful, yet breakable everyday items – plates. These can be incredibly fragile, yet quite expensive, plus, they may have some sentimental value for you as well. Which is why they’re one of the most important things you’ll deal with while you pack small items in advance. So, how do you handle these?
First of all, don’t use large boxes. Try to find a small or a medium box, which can hold an entire collection of plates. But crucially, don’t pack them horizontally under any circumstance. That way, they take up more space, plus they’re bound to break. Instead, we prefer stacking them vertically, next to each other. But between each two, you should put as much packing protection as you can, preferably crumpled up paper. Make sure that they don’t budge at all when you move the box – shake it a bit to test how well you’ve done the packing. This is very important because even the best legitimate movers may end up breaking something if it’s not packed well.
Secure the plates inside the boxes with tape, as an additional measure to make sure they remain in place. And most importantly – don’t overpack. If all the plates in one set can’t fit into one, just use an additional smaller box. That way, your most breakable kitchen items will have no risk of being damaged in transit.
Dealing with Other Fragile Items
When it comes to fragile items in general, this is where you want to pay the most attention while you pack small items. Generally, these items are more difficult to pack than your everyday CD collection – and not just because of the material they’re made of. It’s not about the fact that your antique figurines are made of glass. Their shape and size is important as well. It’s tricky because fragile items can have strange shapes that make packing them safely quite difficult.
That’s why you don’t want to just pack them in any way, but instead think the process through first. Take a look at their shape, and identify any parts that are likely to break off. Then, with that in mind, choose the right box or container for them. Also, make sure you use enough packing protection for fragile items. That way, you’ll minimize any risk – and don’t be afraid to use as much as you can.