Moving between homes can be incredibly stressful, but knowing what to do in every situation can make your life a whole lot easier. Packing dinnerware like ceramic plates properly for self-storage until your new home is ready is important if you want to preserve their original condition without any cracks or chips. This guide is designed to help you pack your breakable ceramic plates for the storage unit.
Gather Your Packing Supplies
You will need packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and cardboard boxes to ensure that your ceramic plates remain in good condition for the storage unit. Packing paper, packing tape, and bubble wrap is typically available at stationery stores, while cardboard boxes can be acquired from a liquor or retail store near you. Avoid using newspapers because the ink can stain the ceramic plates and give them an unsightly look.
Wrap Each Plate Individually
Ideally, wrap each plate individually in packing paper to prevent them from hitting against each other and chipping while in transit to the self-storage unit. Once you finish wrapping them with packing paper, use bubble wrap to cover the plates to give them an added layer of protection. This ensures that no damage takes place while the ceramic plates are stored in the cardboard box.
Place Each Plate In The Box
Cushion the base of the cardboard box with packing paper to prevent the plates from coming into contact with the ground. This cushioning will protect the plates from any chips and cracks that may occur if the box is accidentally dropped on the ground. Place each plate individually inside the box and snugly secure the hollow spaces with more packing paper. Avoid using packing peanuts because they tend to fall to the bottom when the box is in transit, which opens up hollow spaces. This allows the ceramic plates to move around and they may end up breaking. Once you're satisfied that the plates are snugly fit in the box, close it.
Seal The Box And Mark It As Fragile
Seal the box with packing tape and mark it as fragile, so that anyone carrying the box knows that they have to be extra careful with it. Make sure you seal the box generously with packing tape to ensure that it doesn't come undone over time. You can even label the box with its contents, so that you know what it contains when you need to unpack in your new home.
Follow these key packing steps when preparing to store your breakable ceramic plates in the self-storage unit.