Paper for packing dishes
- Select an area large enough to handle your biggest cartons. A strong table with a protective cover offers a good work surface. (We don't recommend using your good dining room table.) Have your marking pens, tape and scissors nearby. Spread a generous amount of neatly stacked packing paper flat on your table.
- Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move. Pack one room at a time; this will make it easier to unpack.
- Mark all boxes with room and box number. Record these in a carton identification log that shows the number of boxes packed per room and the total number of cartons packed. (Your Atlas Van Operator will provide an official inventory during the loading process).
- Use plenty of filling material in cartons; when in doubt, use more.
- Make sure bottoms of cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
- Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Do not exceed 50 pounds per box; it makes moving them a lot easier. Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the carton you should use.
Dishware (dinner plates, saucers, bread and butter dishes, etc).
- Select a medium-sized carton and line the bottom with crumpled packing paper.
- At your work table, on your stack of packing paper, center a single plate. Grasp a corner of several sheets at once and pull the paper over the plate until the plate is completely covered.
- Stack a second plate on the first and, moving clockwise, grasp another corner of several sheets and pull them over the second plate. Stack a third plate. Grasp the remaining two corners and fold using two sheets, one corner at a time, over the plate.
- Turn the wrapped stack of three plates upside down onto your paper. Re-wrap the entire bundle. Start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover the bundle again by pulling on the next corner, then the third corner, then the fourth. For non-fragile plates, you can pack five or six to a bundle.
- Seal the bundle with packing tape and place it in the box so the plates are standing on edge.
How to Pack Dishes
It's the kitchenware that's always some of the hardest things to pack. Especially dishes. Not only are they fragile but they're all oddly shaped and require a lot of TLC during the packing process. But because they are difficult, doesn't mean packing them has to be so onerous. All you need are a few supplies and some proper instructions. More »