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How to Pack Fragile Items for Safe Relocation

Moving is a process that requires a lot of preparation, especially if you have a lot of fragile and delicate items that need to be relocated. So, if you have a lot of chinaware, glassware, artwork, mirrors, lamps and similar, you should be prepared. All those things are easily breakable and if you are not careful, they might not survive the relocation process. Luckily, we are here to help! You have two options. First, hire trained and experienced professionals who will handle packing and relocating your fragile items in no time.

However, if you are trying to save money on your move, then you should opt for a second option - have a DIY kind of move! So, if you are interested in how to pack fragile items for safe relocation, keep on reading. 

Make an Inventory of Your Fragile Items

First things first, you should make an inventory of all your fragile and delicate items in your home. So, take a piece of paper and a pen, and go through every room. Inventory all the chinaware, glassware, other breakable items from your kitchen, then, move to electronics, and finally, to all the artwork you have, including picture frames, figurines, sculptures and so on. Packing these things is going to be quite a different experience. You will need an extra day or two to pack everything safely and load it carefully in the moving truck. Starting the packing process with an inventory will give you an insight into what needs to be packed, and what kind of packing materials need to be bought.

Making an inventory of your fragile items is the best way to start packing.

Gather Packing Supplies

As previously mentioned, you will need to prepare a lot of packing supplies and materials when packing your fragile items for a safe relocation. You can not be stingy or try to cut corners with this one. If you try to get some free and used boxes, you will risk the entire process of relocation. That is why you should buy the best packing materials you can find. You can get them from moving companies like, or buy them at your local stationery shop or a hardware store. You will need the following:

  • Cardboard boxes - of all shapes and size.
  • Custom cratesand boxes- for the picture frames, sculptures, instruments, and similar expensive items.
  • Packing paper - and a lot of it!
  • Bubble wrap - buy twice as much than you think you will need.
  • Moving blankets - or you can use some of your own old blankets or large towels.
  • Tape, scissors, and a permanent marker

Step Number One: Packing Paper!

Never underestimate the power of the packing paper! It is extremely versatile. You can use it as an initial protective layer. Wrap all you fragile, sensitive and delicate items in it first. Then, you can crumble the paper and put it in the bottom of the box. This way, if there are any large vibrations, nothing will happen, as this extra padding layer will absorb all harsh movements and vibrations. And after placing the items in the box, you can add more crumbled packing paper to fill the empty spots. That will ensure that there are no movements inside the box. As you can see, packing paper can come in handy in many situations, so buy a bunch of it. You can also use old newspaper or magazines as well, but be careful, as those can sometimes leave an ink stain. It is always best to invest in good quality packing materials.

 When moving fragile items, packing paper is a must!

Step Number Two: Bubble Wrapper!

Well, it goes without saying that the relocation process requires a lot of bubble paper. And, as we mentioned earlier, buy twice as much than you think you will need. That should be another extra layer of protection on top of the packing paper. This will provide the best protection to your fragile items and prevent them from breaking. Just remember, packing paper must always be the second layer! Never put it directly over your delicate items because it will leave a stain. Bubble wrapper will also cause some furniture to 'sweat', that is, it will keep all the moisture inside, and probably cause a lot of damage. So, the golden rule - first packing paper, then, bubbles! 

Step number three: Seal and Label

After wrapping all your delicate and fragile items first with packing paper, then with bubble wrapping layer, and placing them all carefully inside the boxes, it is time to seal and label them. Use good quality sealing tape, and tape it many times. Then, label everything using a permanent marker.  Many people think that this is a completely unnecessary step. Also, many people claim that it is impossible to forget which box contains what. But, if you do have a great memory, this step is a must. You are not only labeling them for yourself, but also for other people to see that 'FRAGILE' sign. Even if you were moving out of Arizona with professional assistance, those movers need to know which box must be treated with utmost care. It is of key importance that both you and the movers know which box containers fragile items.

 Invest in a good quality tape. Believe us, you do not want your box to open during the relocation. 

Step Number Four: Stack The Boxes Properly

Now, that everything is packed and ready for loading into the moving truck, you need to know just one more thing - how to stack the boxes. Start by putting all the large pieces of furniture first. Things like kitchen cabinets, large appliances, sofas, and beds, should always be loaded into the truck at the beginning. However, if you have some bulky and heavy items like pianos, large painting, sculptures, leave them for the end. They are heavy, but they can be easily broken. Also, always leave your 'fragile' boxes for the end. If possible try to squeeze them between two other pieces of furniture so that they will not move.

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