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When you think about the challenges presented by your upcoming move, you may first picture the difficulties involved with transporting large objects like couches, beds, pianos and even televisions.

However, while big items can come with proportionately big challenges, smaller items can also come with unique difficulties. Many of these tiny but tricky objects can be found in your kitchen.

Much of your tableware can be easily damaged when you move house. How you pack these items is critical to ensuring that every piece arrives intact. Additionally, good packing methods can help you find your tableware more easily when you go to set the table for your first meal at home.

In this blog, we guide you through the best practices for packing your tableware, from your special occasion goblets to your everyday soup spoons.

Use the following guidelines for each type of tableware.

Dinnerware

Separate your dinnerware by type (for example, plates, bowls and saucers). You can fit like items more snugly into moving boxes, thereby minimising movement during the rest of the removals process. Choose a specialty box, such as a china barrel, or a small sturdy container that you can pack fully without making it too heavy.

Put a layer of packing material in the bottom of the box, such as paper, linens or bubble wrap. Then, wrap each item individually and place it into the box, fitting each item together like you're stacking them in a cupboard.

However, you should put your dinnerware on its side rather than its end, as you would in a drying rack, to decrease the force exerted on the glass during loading and transport.

Flatware and Cutlery

If you organise your flatware in a tray, use the tray as your base when you begin packing up these items. The structure of the tray reduces the risk of forks and butter knives going through packing paper and cardboard boxes.

If you do not have a tray on hand, create bundles of each type of utensil and lay them next to each other in your moving box. Wrap these bundles in butcher paper or linens to protect the surface. This covering is particularly important with genuine silverware to prevent tarnishing.

As you pack up your cutlery, imagine that someone who does not know the container has knives in it is unpacking the box at your final destination, and pack accordingly. You can create packets of sharp knives just like the rest of your utensils - these packets simply need more cushioning and a very clear label.

Lay your first knife onto a piece of butcher paper or linen and wrap the material once around the blade. Repeat this step with the next knife, but lay the knife so that its handle lines up with the blade of the previous knife.

Glassware

Identify the sturdiest pieces of glassware in your cabinets. If you have plastic cups, they can go in this category, along with mugs, thick vases and so on.

Unlike your dinnerware, your glassware should not stack with pieces nestled inside each other when you pack them, as this may increase the risk of breakage. Use at least two sheets of newsprint or butcher paper for each item.

Tuck the paper into the opening of the cup, and then wrap the rest of the paper around the outside of the glass. You may also want to roll each piece up in a second sheet of paper for added protection. Place your glassware side by side in a moving box. Fill in any gaps with paper.

Use the guidelines in this blog to ensure that you're prepared to set the table in your new home for a lavish dinner party or intimate family meal - without the inconvenience of broken dishes or missing cutlery. To simplify the packing process, consider hiring a professional packer, since cartons that aren't packed by professionals can't be insured for breakage.

For assistance with all your removals needs, trust the experienced team at Price's Removals & Storage.