Packing Kitchen Items
When packing fragile articles you should plan to pack the heaviest objects toward the bottom of the box; more delicate articles should be packed closer to the top of the moving box . Begin by laying out flat on the table a sizable stack of packing paper. Select a sturdy, medium sized box. Line the bottom of the carton with several layers of packing paper for additional cushioning.
- Place one plate in the center of your packing paper.
- Grasp about two sheets of paper at one corner. Pull it over the plate to completely cover it. Stack the second plate on the first one.
- Grasp second corner of your paper. Pull over and cover the now stacked plates.
- Stack the third plate. Take the remaining two corners (one at a time) and fold each over your stack of plates.
- Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
- Re-wrap the entire bundle. Follow the same wrapping procedure as before, starting with one corner of packing paper, and pulling the two sheets over the bundle; cover the bundle with the next corner, then the third corner, and finally, the fourth.
- Seal the whole bundle with plastic tape.
- Place the bundle of flatware in a carton so the plates are standing on edge.
- For all flatware, saucers, bread and butter dishes, etc., follow the same procedure.
Note: Small dishes (saucers, bread and butter dishes) can be stacked in greater quantity in a bundle. Also you can omit steps 5 and 6 and seal your bundle without rewrapping.
Packing Cups And Glasses
Cups and glasses may be placed inside one another and 3-4 wrapped in a bundle. Tear or cut-up some small sheets of paper. Use at least a couple of these sheets between each one as protective lining.
- Take the first glass and line it with a couple of sheets of your torn paper.
- Place the second glass/cup inside the first one. Line with two more sheets of paper. Insert another one.
- Using your best judgment, nest three or four glasses (or cups) and lay these on your stack of wrapping paper diagonally.
- Grasp the corner closest to you of the two sheets. Wrap around your glasses/cups.
- Grasp the next corner of wrapping paper and wrap it around your glasses.
- Repeat this procedure with the remaining corners of the wrapping paper. Then roll into a bundle.
- If you have collected some liquor cartons with dividers, pack glasses, cups and stemware in these boxes. If your bundle does not fill to the top of the compartment, stuff additional wadded-up packing paper in the compartment to fill up any voids/spaces.
If you don't have liquor cartons then pack your glasses, cups and stemware in boxes with your other dishes fitting them in wherever you have space. These items should be toward the top of your carton.
Small Kitchen Appliances
It's best to pack your small kitchen appliances together in one or more moving boxes rather than with other goods.
Wrap each appliance individually with 2-3 sheets of your packing paper. Place each one in the box you have chosen for appliances. When all the appliances have been packed in a box, or multiple boxes, if there are small empty spaces, again wad-up some packing paper and fill in the spaces. But if there is a great amount of space left over, then you should add other things in the box to fill it up, like a few pots and pans for example.
Pots and Pans
With lots and pans, three of them can be nested, one inside the other. Tear or cut up some pieces of your packing paper (large enough so that they will line the entire interior of the largest pan). Place 2-3 sheets of your lining paper in the larger pan. Place the next small pan inside the first. Again line this pan with 2-3 protective pieces of lining paper and insert a smaller pan.
Place these pans upside down in the middle of your stack of packing paper. Then use at least three sheets of packing paper to wrap the pans. Start by grasping one corner of approximately three sheets of your packing paper, and pulling over, and covering the pans. Then pull the next corner of paper over the pans; then the third corner, and finally the fourth. Seal with plastic tape so that the bundle will not come apart. This procedure can be followed when packing large bowls as well.
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