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Packing How To

Packing Flatware

  • Place one plate in approximately the center of your packing paper.
  • Grasp about two sheets of paper at one corner. Pull over plate so as to completely cover plate. Stack second plate on first plate.
  • Grasp second corner of your paper. Pull over and cover stacked plates.
  • Stack third plate. Take 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 entire bundle. Follow same wrapping procedure as before, Start with one corner of packing paper, and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner, and finally, the fourth.
  • Seal the bundle with plastic tape. * Place the bundle of flatware in 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 “nested” (one placed inside another) and three or four wrapped in a bundle. Tear or cut-up some small sheets of paper. Use at least a couple of small sheets between each glass or cup as protective lining.
  • Take first glass and line with a couple of sheets of your cut-up paper.
  • Place second glass (or cup) inside the first one. Line with two more sheets of paper. Insert another glass (or cup).
  • Using your best judgment, nest three or four glasses (or cups) and lay these on your stack of wrapping paper in a diagonal manner, off center closer to your body.
  • Grasp corner closest to you of two sheets of wrapping paper. Wrap around your glasses (or cups).
  • Repeat procedure with remaining corners of 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 it up.
  • If you don’t have liquor cartons then pack your glasses, cups and stemware in boxes with your other dishes fitting them in whereever you find some spaces. Be sure these articles are toward the top of your carton.

Goblets And Stemware

  • Pack goblets and stemware singly. Do not attempt to nest them as you did with glasses. Follow the same wrapping procedure as you did with glasses and cups.

Packing Small Kitchen Appliances

  • It’s better to pack your small kitchen appliances (blender, toaster, can opener, coffee maker, etc.) together in one or two boxes (or more, as necessary) rather than in other boxes with other goods. Later, when unpacking, you will find this much more convenient.
  • Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of your packing paper. Place each one in the box you have selected for appliances. When all appliances have been packed in a box, or boxes, if there are small spaces that are empty, wad-up some packing paper and fill in the spaces. If you have a great amount of space left over, then fill it up with some other things and not waste the space.

Packing Pots And Pans

  • Approximately three pots or pans 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 two or three sheets of your lining paper in the larger pan. Place the next small pan inside the first pan. Again line this pan with two or three protective pieces of lining paper and insert a smaller pan.
  • Place these pans upside down in the middle of your stack of packing paper. 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 corner. Seal with your plastic tape so that the bundle will not come apart. Pack in a medium sized carton. This same procedure can be followed in packing large bowls, too.
  • Some items such as perishables are not to be packed especially when the items are going to be stored.

Packing Tall Table Lamps

  • Your major problem in packing a tall lamp may be acquiring a carton large enough to accommodate the lamp. If you can’t find such a carton you can purchase dishpack cartons from your mover in which to pack tall lamps. Dishpack cartons are tall, extra sturdy cartons originally intended for packing fragile articles, such as dishes.
  • Remove lamp shade and bulb, Wrap cord around base of lamp.
  • Line the bottom of your carton with a considerable amount of wadded-up packing paper. This will insure extra cushioning and protection for the lamp.
  • Spread out several sheets of packing paper so that your packing paper is extended longer and wider than the lamp. Place lamp in the center of your packing paper.
  • Roll packing paper around your lamp. Tuck in the end of the paper at base of lamp. Use sealing tape, if necessary, to prevent end from coming apart.
  • Seal the seams where packing paper overlaps around your bundle with your tape.
  • Fold up other end (at the top of lamp) of packing paper and seal with tape, Place bundle in previously lined carton.
  • If you have several tall table lamps, place them each in the carton so that the base of one lamp is next to the top of the next lamp. Alternate them. This will make them fit better in the carton. When all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper. Be generous. Mark “FRAGILE” and “LAMPS” in large, clear letters on all sides of the carton.

Lamp Shades

  • Lamp shades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Use CLEAN packing paper (do not use newspaper) as protective linings between each shade. Do not pack anything with lamp shades.
  • Be sure and mark on all sides of the carton in large, bold letters “FRAGILE”, “LAMP SHADES” with your marker.

Packing Pictures

  • Small pictures can be wrapped and stood up in normal packing boxes with other goods. Extremely large pictures, such as the type commonly found hanging over a sofa or mantle (usually measuring 24″ x 36″) should be packed by your mover in one of his specially designed picture or mirror cartons.
  • Many pictures, however, that are just a little too large to fit in regular cartons (16″ x 20″ or 18″ x 24″) can be packed in a self-devised picture carton.
  • Select a carton that is larger than your picture when open at both ends.
  • Lay your picture, face down, on several sheets of packing paper which have been spread out so as to be almost twice as wide as your picture.
  • Open the bottom of the carton, and then flatten the carton. Seal one of the open sides with your tape.
  • Wrap the picture in much the same manner as you might do with a gift box. Bring one side of the packing paper around the picture so that it will cover most of the back of the picture. Then bring the second side of the packing paper around to cover the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Fold up both ends of the packing paper and bring over the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Turn picture over and seal the areas where the packing paper overlaps.
  • Slide picture into unsealed side of your carton and seal this end with your tape.

Lamp Shades

  • Lamp shades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Use CLEAN packing paper (do not use newspaper) as protective linings between each shade. Do not pack anything with lamp shades.
  • Be sure and mark on all sides of the carton in large, bold letters “FRAGILE”, “LAMP SHADES” with your marker. Furniture must be wrapped up with blankets.
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