The last time we moved a friend shared a fabulous, simple simple tip that keeps plates from chipping or cracking, she said, "when you pack your plates place a styrofoam plate in between each one. You can do this with glass bowls as well" (they make styrofoam bowls!).
Then when you unpack, you can put the glass plates away and reuse the styrofoam plates while you're getting settled into
your new place so you wont have to do dishes.
We loved that tip that Diane shared with us and thought we'd offer just a few more that worked really well too:
The Silver Lining: Pull the silverware drawer liner out and wrap the entire thing in saran wrap (with the silverware in it). It keeps the silverware altogether in one spot, organized, and ready to slide back into the drawer when it gets to the new house.
1st Day Essentials Box- Create an essentials box and label it brightly as "1st Day Essentials" - put in a roll of Toilet paper, a roll of Papertowels, antibacterial cleaning wipes, a baggie containing some plasticware/paper plates, hand soap, hand towel, some simple snacks, scissors or utility knife, a small first aid kit with bandages and antibacterial ointment, flashlight, etc. This is the bucket you're going to go to FIRST when you can't find what you want, so it'll be loaded with necessities.
We actually created 2 essential Buckets- one contained the coffeepot,
coffee, creamer and 4 mugs. No one in my house is going to make it half a day without their morning coffee!
Stock Pots & Kettles- if you have some bigger stock pots that don't fit nestled within each other you can fill them up with various pantry items, seasonings and spices, etc to use all of the space. Put the pot in the box, add a layer of pantry goodies, layer a clean hand towel, another layer of seasonings/items, repeat. The hand towels will still be clean when you arrive at your new home, but the labels will be intact and you wont have anything that's busted open.
Tape Covers On: If you're moving across country, consider giving your open cleaners, soaps etc to your friends that are staying behind. It's not worth the extra cost in gas and needless waste of space to transport them. BUT if you're moving across town, make sure that you TAPE THE TOPS SHUT. Else you might find a nasty surprise when you get to your new house.
Packing Other Breakables- Glasses, Specialty Dishes,
Secure Knives: Pack knives in pot-holders to ensure no one receives any accidental cuts. The blade is protected and so are tender fingers when unpacking!
Back Breakers? While Packing boxes and totes, periodically stop, lift the box/bucket to ensure that you're not overstuffing it with too much weight. Just because it fits doesn't mean it should ship. You don't want to cause a back injury by the time you move 1 or 2 boxes when you arrive at your new home or apartment.
Leave drawers and cupboard doors Open as you empty them and get them packed to alleviate any concerns that you forgot to pack something.
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