Moving 101: Tips for moving fragile items.

Posted On By Amanda

Moving is really hard, and what’s more heartbreaking than destroying an old family heirloom while doing this. I am talking from experience here, my mom yelled at me so much for breaking my grandma’s porcelain vase, and I never felt so ashamed in my 21 years on this Earth. So, let me guide you on how to pack those pesky fragile items that usually break during the move. Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work because your things won’t pack themselves.

Things you will need for the move and packing.


Moving fragile items is just like moving your other belongings with some extra steps. I know moving is hard, so why would you add more tasks to your already long to-do list? Well, it is one of the safest ways to keep your belongings in one piece. What you will need to do this is:

    • Boxes- quality moving boxes of various sizes
    • Bubble wrap
    • Packing paper
    • Pliable paper
    • Pliable cardboard
    • Scissors

An extra pair of hands is always appreciated and will make this step easier and faster. Also, before packing anything, be sure that you are labeling all the boxes to make moving into your new place easier. Your future self will thank your past self for making their life easier. Moving is all about being a set in advance and being on top of the game, always have a list of things that need to be done before you move so that you don’t run around last minute trying to fit everything in your moving truck. Preparedness is king in the moving game.

Different items and how to pack them.

1. Flat-screen TV


Or any other television set is pretty tricky to pack because they tend to be very large and give us a headache trying to figure out the ideal way to do this. Before moving it, take a photo of all the cables and where they connect to the TV as this will help you re-cable it once you get to your new place, also stick a sticky note and tape on all the cables and label them to avoid any future inconveniences. Now for the TV, wrap it with a soft moving blanket and secure the blanket with your trustee packing tape to lock it in place. You can go in with the tap and even wrap the whole thing with it as it will keep the blanket snug and in place, which will be perfect for the moving process. For the tricky part, you have to find a box that will fit the television set perfectly; in the ideal world, you would have the box it came with but let’s not lie, that box was thrown away eon ago. After finding the ideal box, you need to close it off with packing tape again and be careful while moving it. This is your best bet for moving a Flat screen TV.

2. Glasses


For this one, it’s pretty easy; you need to wrap each glass individually with packing paper and fill them up with either tissue paper or large pieces of crumpled newspaper. The large pieces of crumple paper will fill in the empty space and make it harder for the glasses to break during the moving process. Line the box with packing paper and use a good amount so that it can absorb any shock that may occur during your moving process. After doing this, put your glasses in the box and fill in all the nook and cranny and empty space with packing paper again and then add a layer of paper on top of the glasses. This reduces movement in the box and thus prevents the glasses from moving. The same rule applies to vases and bowls.

3. Plates


You should pack your plates in small or medium boxes that you will line with crumpled paper both at the bottom and top; they should also be packed vertically, creating less movement and friction in the box. Under and over each plate, place a layer of bubble wrap and secure them with tape. And it’s a win-win situation if you ask me as you get to play with bubble wrap, which could be your way of de-stressing after a hard day of packing your belongings. Don’t put too much in the box now because this will be a hassle to move.

Remember, you just have to be careful while moving fragile objects, and you just have to pack them with a safety layer to avoid any hiccups along the road. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you learnt anything new about moving today.


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