It is not often that you come across someone that does not have s ingle breakable item. We all have cups and mugs and plates and various ornaments. They are lovely to have, but can make moving a nightmare of nerves. The last thing we want is to have some precious keepsake broken in the chaos that is moving house. As such, here are some tips to help you keep your breakables safe when you move house.
Bubble Wrap: The first layer around your breakables is bubble wrap. You do not need too much of this, one layer is usually plenty. Make sure that you put the actual bubbles on the inside, next to the precious item. They are what will absorb the impact and so need to be close together. Make sure that you cover every inch of the item. Anything that is not covered is in danger. Stick the bubble wrap in place using sticky tape of some kind. Packing tape will work just fine.
Newspaper and boxes: Once you have all your items in bubble wrap it is time to put them into boxes. It is not a good idea to simply put them in a box and seal it shut. They will still be able to roll around and get squashed. Rather, put them in the box and fill any gaps between them with wads of newspaper. Just take a few sheets and crumple them. The newspaper will also absorb some of the shock of movement and help to keep your breakables safe. Do not try to put them all in one large box. It does make it easier to keep track of where they are, but the weight could cause the bottom items to break from even a little bump or knock. Rather use two or three smaller boxes so that you only have two or, at most, three layers of breakables.
Labelling: When it comes to labelling your boxes so that you know exactly where everything is meant to be put in your new home, make sure you label the boxes with breakables clearly. A big red warning label is a good idea. Not only will you know exactly which boxes to move carefully, but your removals company will too. They will know that these boxes need to be handled with care and be packed last. You can even put them on one side and give special instructions that those boxes are to be packed into the truck last.
All of the above is particularly important is you plan to put your items in temporary storage. This means that even more moving will occur and the risk of damage is much greater. A professional storage facility should have all of the above packing materials on offer, but if they do not, it is highly important that you buy your own, well before the move, in order to reduce last minute stresses.
Moving house is nerve wracking enough without having to worry about your precious ornaments getting broken. So be sure that you pack them neatly and carefully with plenty of shock absorbing newspaper and bubble wrap. If you do not totally trust the removals company to be careful, then move those few boxes yourself. You should be able to fit them into your car with one or two trips back and forth. When it comes to these precious items, there is no such thing as being too pedantic or too careful.