Guest blog: Storage Tips for Packing Fragile Items

By Grace Bailey, Guest Blogger

There are many fragile items that deserve some special care before you can deal with them and store them for extended periods of time. The majority of these items would never survive direct impacts without any chance of serious damage, so make sure you protect them accordingly before you make a move. Let’s begin with a few useful tips to get you on your way:

  • Begin packing plates and ceramics by using a good layer of bubble wrap, packing peanuts or polyethylene foam on the bottom of your chosen box. Start with the heavier items, then continue with the lighter ones up next until your box is full. Remember to wrap each of these fragile pieces individually so you’ll protect them as much as you can. Use bubble wrap or newspapers if you feel you can trust their impact protection. You could buy dish packing boxes to store all your dishes instead of using regular boxes.
  • Fragile items require special care when packing and transporting them. (Photo courtesy of Grace Bailey)

    Fragile items require special care when packing and transporting them. (Photo courtesy of Grace Bailey)

    Wrap the stemware and glasses in bubble wrap, one piece at a time to ensure they are safe. Tape the wrap together to keep it together. You should use individual celled boxes if possible as they will keep them as secure as possible. Fill up the empty space by using packing peanuts or corn starch pellets so the glasses won’t shift during transport. Wrap decorations and collectibles as carefully as you would glasses in pretty much the same way. If you have very important and hard to replace items you should take care of them by packing them into individual boxes, then adding them to a larger box. Fill up the boxes with packing peanuts so the contents won’t move around during transport. Clearly label everything with a “Fragile” inscription so movers will know to handle them with care.

  • When it comes to computers and other fragile electronics you should do your best to keep their original packing intact if that is at all possible. If you don’t have a box of the right size you should do what you can to find a box that is slightly larger than the original as an alternative. Pack all components individually so they can be as protected as possible.
  • Back up all your data before you move your computer or laptop. Remove all DVDs from its player if it has any as well as anything plugged into its jacks. Label all cords, wires and every peripheral you have so you can reassemble and reconnect your system as soon as you arrive at the new destination. Label them with a “Fragile” warning so they won’t be hurt during transport.
  • When you’re moving a monitor you should apply an “X” pattern on the fragile front of the pieces, especially if for some reason you’re still using an older monitor. Protect the corners of the monitor by using foam corner protectors. You should group the cables together, then wrap the entire thing together with bubble wrap.
  • Label all boxes fragile accordingly and list their contents for your own convenience so you won’t have to deal with digging through everything once you arrive. This will save you a great deal of time.

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This article is a guest post. The thoughts and ideas in this post do not necessarily reflect those of USstoragesearch.com.

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