If you’re packing for a move, you probably already know that the kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms in the house to move. And for good reason–it’s filled with breakable, fragile, and bulky items that can be difficult to pack correctly. Fortunately, we’ve been helping people move their kitchens for years, and we know a thing or two about how to pack dishes for moving safely and without breaking anything. We’re here to help you move like a pro when you’re packing dishes! In this post, we’ll share our top packing tips for how to pack plates and glasses for moving and what you need to know about getting your kitchen packed up and ready to go. How to Move Dishes Your dishes are a critical part of everyday life and, depending on the type you’ve purchased; they may also be an investment. Protect them throughout the move with the following tips to pack your dishes, cups, and more: Buy Boxes That are Sturdy Enough to Store Dishes Most moving companies sell boxes that are designed specially to hold dishes. While these can help you move dishes easily, they’ll also be more expensive than standard boxes. As long as you pack the dishes correctly and use a basic, sturdy box (like a book box), you shouldn’t need to invest in specialized boxes. That said, you should always take care to purchase high-quality boxes and moving materials that are sturdy enough for the tasks at hand. While cutting corners here may seem like a good way to save money on your move, it will only cause more trouble in the long run. Cheap materials simply don’t protect your items as well as higher-quality materials, and you’re more likely to wind up with broken, damaged, or destroyed items if you buy cut-rate moving materials. Here at Gallo, we sell all packing supplies including regular moving boxes, and help you find the correct package of moving boxes for your needs. In fact, for a limited time, you can save 35% when you purchase one of our box bundles. Learn more here. Learn How to Pack Dishes Packing dishes correctly is key to keeping them safe and intact throughout the moving journey. For best results, follow this formula to pack dishes: Place the dish on a piece of packing paper. The dish should be in the middle of the paper. Keeping the dish in the center, pull the corners of the packing paper up and around the edges of the plate, folding them toward the middle of the plate. Use enough packing paper to cover the plate entirely. Tape the edges of the packing paper together where they meet. Repeat the process with three more plates that are all the same size as the first. Stack those four plates together. Wrap them all in another sheet of packing paper, and seal the entire bundle with tape or plastic wrap. Once you’ve packed your plate stacks, stand the dishes up on their ends on a thick layer of additional paper or other paddings, like dish towels or bubble wrap. Make sure they’re in a small box, so they don’t move too much. Repeat with additional bundles until the extra space in the box is gone and the contents are snug. Take Your Time When You Pack Dishes Whatever you do, don’t rush the process of packing plates and dishes. If you do, your belongings are more likely to break, and you’re more likely to wind up frustrated with the moving process. If you’d prefer to avoid the packing entirely, hire a skilled professional team like Gallo Moving and Storage to do it for you. Our end-to-end white-glove moving service provides top-quality care for your fragile items and helps you avoid common moving mistakes. We’ll properly pack your belongings and make sure everything arrives safe and sound. How to Pack Bowls for Moving To keep bowls safe during your move, you’ll treat them like plates. Here are our top tips for packing bowls: Pad the bottom of a small box with crumpled packing paper, newspaper, dish towels, or other excess paper. These soft materials provide a soft base for the bowls and reduce the likelihood of breaks. Place the bowl in the center of a piece of packing paper on a flat surface and pull the edges toward the center to fully wrap the bowl. Secure the packing paper with tape. If the bowls are the same size and shape, wrap each individually and stack 3-4 together. Wrap the bundle fully with another piece of packing paper, and finish with plastic wrap or bubble wrap. Place the bowl bundles right-side-up in small packing boxes. Fill the space in the dish box with additional bundles and seal the box. Mark the entire thing “fragile.” If you have too many bowls for one box, put them in separate boxes to prevent breakage. What to Do if Your Bowls are Different Sizes How do you pack bowls that aren’t uniform? Simple–you group like items together. As much as you can, wrap and stack like bowls with other bowls that are their size, shape, and density. Create stacks of similar bowls and follow the tips above to keep them secure. If you have large bowls, like glass mixing bowls, or decorative bowls, consider packing each dish individually. Not only will this help them stay secure and stable during the move, but it will allow you to unpack more intelligently since your mixing bowls won’t get lost with your cereal bowls. You can do this to keep your pots and pans organized, too! How to Pack Dishware Items for Moving: Mugs, Cups, and Wine Glasses Mugs and cups can be challenging to pack because of their cylindrical shape, making them tough to place evenly in a box. To protect your mugs, cups, and glasses during a move, follow these tips: When you pack glasses, place at least two layers of crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box, or use other soft packing materials like newspaper or dish towels. Wrap the handles and stems of wine glasses with crumpled paper to provide additional protection–secure with packing tape. Stuff glasses and cups with newspaper or packing paper, rags, or balled-up shirts or socks. Wrap the entire cup or glass in packing paper or bubble wrap and tape to secure. Pack a small box by placing the heaviest items at the bottom of the box and the lightest items at the top of the box. Putting the heaviest dishes on the bottom will help prevent breakage. Once the box is completely packed, use packing tape to secure the top of the box and label it fragile. You may also want to make a note of which side of the box should remain up. How to Pack Serving Platters for Moving If you have large serving platters, fine china, or other breakables, follow these tips for packing your fragile items: Wrap items individually in packing paper or bubble wrap. Secure the edges of the paper with tape, and add layers of packing paper as needed, depending on the item’s breakability. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box, layering with lighter items on top. Pack large items alone, resist the urge to pack additional items on top of them or bundle them with other pieces. Fill the spaces around these delicate items with crushed packing paper. Label the boxes with the contents, an arrow pointing toward the top of the box, and the word “Fragile.” If you have large serving platters, you won’t use or don’t need at your new home, consider placing them in storage. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, the team provides top-quality storage for commercial and residential customers and keeps your belongings secure in our climate-controlled storage facilities. Gallo Moving & Storage is Here to Help You With Your Move Whether you’re going across the country or around the block, Gallo Moving & Storage is here for you. Our team of expert kitchen packing professionals provides top-quality kitchen packing assistance for delicate items like plates, bowls, and stemware. We will care for your items as if they were our own as we gently pack them and load them into the moving truck. Contact us to buy packing supplies, boxes, and learn more about our dish packing services. Request your free quote today.