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How To Pack China & Glass
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How to pack china & glass.

Being prepared for packing up your home, packing your furniture and all of your belongings is 80% of the work done. So, like every boy scout, BE PREPARED!

To Pack-up china, glass and delicate ornaments you'll need:

  1. Packing Tape.
  2. Small and medium size boxes.
  3. Cardboard to separate out sections of the box.
  4. Polystyrene pellets or cheap popcorn (bio degradeable) and bubble wrap.
  5. Newspaper or other cheap large sheet paper - no print is best (no ink to come off).
  6. Marker pen.
  7. A firm surface to pack on.

TIP: Packing is back braking work so make sure that you have comfortable shoes on, as you may be standing for long periods of time.

Packing plates and flat china:

  • Always individually wrap each item - in paper or bubble wrap. If you stack plates together they are likely to break against each other.
  • When packing into boxes, place a layer of pellets or pop corn at the base then lay on a piece of card (this acts as a buffer).
  • Next pack the plates 'on end'.
  • use folded newspaper as side packing and to fill in gaps around plates.
  • Leave room at the top so that when you put in more pellets or pop corn the plates are covered.
  • Clearly mark this box 'Fragile - Glass & China'


How to pack...



Packing glassware, vases, teacups and other hollow or delicate items:

  • Carefully wrap each item in a piece of newspaper or bubble wrap then use low tac sticky tape to keep wrapping in place.
  • Prepare a box base as for plates (above) then place items upright in the box.
  • When packing items with handles, make sure that they point to the centre of the box to reduce the chance of damage if a box is accidentally kicked.
  • Once you have covered a complete layer, use newspaper and caard to create a new level.
  • Keep tis 'layering' going until the box is full.
  • Clearly mark this box 'Fragile - Glass & China'

What to do checklist 4 - 6 weeks before moving home.

What to do checklist 5 days before moving home.

What to do checklist 2 days before moving home.

What to do checklist on moving home day.

What to do checklist on moving in day

Who to notify when moving checklist.


Useful contacts and further reading

British Association of Removers -
National Guild of Removers & Storers -
Pack'n'move for all your packing up supplies -
Share the cost of moving, find someone else to go halves -
Pack up your home yourself -
Recycle in your area, find someone who wants what you've got -
General advice on the whole home moving process at the BBC -


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