How to Pack Dishes

If you want to learn how to pack up dishes before moving, it probably means that you’re about to immerse yourself in the preparations for a house move. It’s commonly accepted that packing is the major challenge homeowners face when moving – it can be incredibly time consuming, to the point of it being common advice to double the amount of time you estimate it will take to complete any task. If you’ve read any of our other blog posts, it should be clear that advance planning is an essential for a pleasant move. So it will absolutely assist you greatly to know that dishes aren’t an impossible item to move – you might think that it’s a given that a few of your dishes will be broken, but it’s not a necessity. There’s a proven technique of safely shipping and packing dishes that you can utilize for maximum productivity.


Here’s what you’ll need:

Sturdy cardboard boxes

It’s always better to be safe – it won’t add much work for you, and it pretty much guarantees that your dishes will be transported safely. Try investing in some double layered, corrugated cardboard boxes (known as dish boxes) that are specifically manufactured to keep dishes intact during transportation.


Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is your dishes’ best friend. Buy as much as you can and use it liberally. Double wrap all plates to prevent even seeing one small chip.


Newspaper and Packing Paper

Be aware that newspapers can possibly leave ink stains on plates -especially if it gets damp. Newspaper is a fantastic addition to packing paper as it’s cheap and functional – but one should always wrap dishes first in soft packing paper, and then for additional support and bolstering protection, wrap it in newspaper.


Guideline for Packing Dishes

  1. Reenforce the bottoms and sides of all the cardboard boxes that you’re using with packing tape – this is just to stay as safe as possible and avoid the possibility of the box breaking under the weight of the stacked dishes.
  2. Pad up the insides of the boxes with crumpled up packing paper or newspaper – this will create an additional layer of insulation that will protect both the sensitive bottom half of the box – as well as some of the sensitive areas of the dishes. If you like, you can also use a thin towel as an effective bottom reinforcement.
  3. Prepare a stack of packing paper (soft is ideal) and make sure it’s at arm’s reach.
  4. Put a fragile dish in the center of a stack, and cover it with a few sheets of packing paper. Diagonally, from one corner to the other, wrap the dish completely by tucking each corner towards the center. Tape if you need it.
  5. Once your stacked and wrapped piles of plates are ready, wrap small bundles of a few stacked plates in a sheet of bubble wrap as extra protection.
  6. Put the wrapped plates into the box one bundle at a time – the best way to arrange them is to stand them up on their edges – never lay them flat as it’s much easier to break them that way. The heaviest plates should go in the box bottom first, while the lighter pieces should be stacked on top of them.
  7. Protect each row of plates from the others with insulation inserted at the sides – you can use anything from the traditional choices of packing paper and bubble wrap to something like a dish towel or thin t shirt.
  8. Fill in any empty spaces in the box with soft cloth or newspaper to make sure that the entire structure of the package inside the box cannot shift around or move – you don’t want any pieces touching each other during the package handling.
  9. When you’re done arranging the contents of the box, put one last top layer of paper or bubble wrap on top, close the lid, and tape it up.
  10. Label the moving box with “FRAGILE’, ‘HANDLE WITH CARE’, and coordinates for what room the box should be placed in.


Additional tips

  • If you’re transporting a ton of dishes, save some money by inspecting all the china that you’re bringing and see if there’s any already damaged or soiled pieces that you want to discard or donate. It doesn’t make any sense to pay for supplies to transport already damaged kitchenware that you’ll just throw out later. Every additional pound of your belongings eventually increases the bill.
  • Never make boxes too heavy. Nows not the time to be a bodybuilder. Make sure that any boxes with dishes – or any fragile materials – is under 40 pounds in order to prevent any slips or accidents.
  • If you’re carrying the dish boxes during the move or loading it into the truck, be as careful as possible to move slowly and steadily – with not the slightest bump or trip – to avoid any potential accidents. A fall from even arm’s height can negate all the careful wrapping that you’ve done.
  • If you feel like packing up fragile dishes is one step too many in your roster of moving responsibilities, simply hire a mover to do it for you. Transporting fragile kitchenware is nothing new to the moving team at US Express; rest assured that our skilled and experienced servicemen can pack up and transport your dishes in a method superior to any amateur attempt.

Prepping Office Furniture for Moving Day

Moving a home or commercial office is a complicated undertaking. Whether you’re expanding or consolidating, you need to manage all the small details to your office move with a level of strategic organization – this is the only way the move will go smoothly or pleasantly. Here’s a list of tips on how to prepare any office furniture for a move – that can greatly improve the entire moving experience.


Clean out all your drawers

Regardless of how tedious this task sounds, it should be done first. Clean out every drawer in your entire office – no desk or filing cabinet should be spared. By allowing objects to rest in drawers during the move, you make the furniture much heavier and increases the chances of both the movers, and the furniture itself being damaged. For logic, safety, and liability’s sake, make sure that every drawer is completely emptied. As a general rule, estimate that each drawer’s worth of paperwork will need about one and a half boxes – this is also a great opportunity to throw out any unnecessary paperwork for good.


Make sure furniture is professionally disassembled

Make sure to be organized when taking apart furniture for a move –  unbolt any attached furniture way in advance, removing all shelving units, joined desks, or dividers. Use small plastic bags written with sharpie to hold on to any bolts, screws, or other internal mechanisms of your office furniture. Use painter’s tape to secure the clothes onto any furniture that they belong to – this really minimizes the stress of reassembling your furniture after your move. You never want to be missing any screws or bolts, as this can compromise the structural integrity of the furniture.


Vigilantly Label

Make sure to label as much as you can – label drawers according to number and their individual contents. It makes it much easier for you to unpack to know what rooms certain boxes belong in. Make sure large pieces of furniture are equally largely labeled so that their intended is location is clear from the very start of the move in.


Create a tentative floor plan in advance

By allowing yourself to take the advanced time to map out your new office space, you can greatly improve its aesthetics and flow. Consider who will be located in what office, where their furniture will go, how desks will be laid out, and how all filing cabinets will be organized. By having a clear and detailed plan from the start you can ensure that all your move in will go as smoothly as possible, with little to no mistakes or wasted time.


Hire professional moving assistants

Make sure to choose a team with experience in commercial moving – they offer the singular amount of experience to professionally move important files and delicate office furniture, so that you can be certain that your time is being spent as productively and utilitarian as possible. By using a professional full service moving company, you make the entire process easier for everyone involved.


How to Safely Drive a Rental Moving Truck

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Although renting a moving truck might save you some money, it’s a major responsibility to drive. You’re transporting both your material livelihood – all your possessions – but your own body and possibly your family’s – on a huge, clunky, heavy vehicle. Maintaining a safe drive should be your number one priority. While you don’t need specific certification to rent out a moving truck, you should take certain precautions if you’ve never driven a truck in the past. In this blog post, I’ll give you some essential safety steps to follow when you’re driving a moving truck in order to get you, and your possessions, to your new place completely safely.

Inspect the Truck

Before you even start driving, check the truck’s tires, if it’s signals and lights are working properly, and if it’s mirrors are intact and properly aligned – you need to ensure that the truck is in working condition and proper shape to drive. If there is any damage to the truck’s inside or outside make sure to take photos of it and document it prior to your ride so you don’t get charged for it later on.


Keep Distance from Other Cars

By keeping a safe distance from other vehicles on the road, you’re ensuring your safety – it’s even more of an essential need when you’re driving a truck rather than a smaller vehicle, since the added weight of trucks make them slower to come to a total standstill. Make sure to maintain at least double the distance you would from other vehicles when you’re driving a sedan or smaller car – just to be safe.


Be extra careful in bad weather

When it’s raining, snowing, or the streets are otherwise slick with water or ice, it’s essential to drive with even more of a distance between your truck and other vehicles, and to drive at least 10 miles per hour under the speed limit.


Pay attention to Loading

Every truck has a certain weight limit that should not ever be surpassed. Find out the truck’s recommended GAWR and GVWR in order to figure out how much weight can go onto the truck.


Brake Carefully

Let’s say your truck gets a flat tire, or you need to stop short for some reason – never just slam down on the brakes. Slow the truck at more of a gradual pace and pull over to the side of the road. If you break suddenly, it can make you dangerously lose control of the truck.


Turn Carefully

Keep in mind that due to added size and weight, a truck is going to need much more driving space then a smaller car when it turns – don’t forget this when you drive; allow wide space for turns.


Keep a Safe Speed

The typical safe rule is to drive a truck at half the speed of which you’d drive a car – this is extra important for people that only rent trucks and don’t have the experience to know how driving a large truck feels. Slow and steady wins the race!


Take Periodic Breaks

If you’re making a long distance move, don’t drive for a period of time exceeding ten hours. Professional working truck drivers aren’t supposed to drive for more than eleven hours a day and typically rental truck companies shorten the duration to ten just to be safe. Take breaks of at least thirty minutes after eight hours of driving – this will ensure that your alertness and energy is sharp. You don’t ever want to be tired or slightly drowsy behind the wheel of a truck.


Pay attention to the Schedule

Unless it’s calibrated specifically for trucks, a GPS isn’t going to give you totally accurate information – since you’re driving more slowly than you would be with a regular car, you should give yourself twice the time that the GPS or map application estimates – just to be safe.

If you follow the above rules, any amateur driver can safely drive a rental moving truck to any new location.