The Most Effective Packing Tips

Keep the distance from the bubble wrap. “Packing paper is more compact than bubble wrap, plus it’s quicker to use,” Rachmany says as he quickly shoves paper into a bottle and crumples the excess around the outside. That was lightning quick! When you crush the file, it not only covers the object but also produces small air pockets. He claims that bubble wrap is too bulky and can take up too much space in the pack.

$22 for 175 sheets of packing paper

As opposed to plastic containers, cardboard is often your best friend — particularly for delicate objects. Tall boxes are better when you want to pack stuff vertically, as I quickly discovered. A special dish and china boxes are available, which are double-corrugated for extra power. Packing tape is often used. There is a lot of it.

Dishes and Glasses: How to Pack for a Move

What You’ll Need

• Moving boxes • Packing tape • Packing board • Marker

1. Tape the box’s rim.

Taping the middle seam of the package flaps isn’t enough. Rachmany has a trick if you don’t want the package’s bottom to open up as you pick it up. Tape the flaps’ seams (a couple of times), then tape down the center of the box in the opposite direction, and finally tape the ends of individual bits of tape down the side of the box. Isn’t it better to be healthy than sorry?

2. Make the box available.

You’ll need to be able to hit the bottom of a tall box (as shown above). Rachmany likes to tape down two parallel flaps briefly so he can get in there and operate.

3. Install some cushioning

To build a pillow, roll up some wrapping paper and add a comfortable sheet — around three or four inches — on top.

4. Begin with the dinner plates.

Start with the heavier objects first, according to Rachmany (your plates). Wrap each one separately.

5. Place the items in the package.

Place each plate vertically in the package (as in, standing up on its side). He states, “Each one supports the other.” You don’t want some noise in the package as you shake it, so pack the plates tightly. When you’ve completed the layer, apply paper to the sides and then on top of it.

6. Cover the bowls with plastic wrap.

Start by placing the corner of one sheet of paper within the bowl and then crumpling the paper across the rest of the bowl, working for one bowl at a time.

7. Place the items in the package.

Place the bowls on their sides once more. When you’re through with the first sheet, put more packaging paper balls on top.

8. Put the glasses inside.

Since they are the lightest and most delicate, Rachmany recommends that they be packed last. Wrap them up similarly to the bowls, with some paper inside, and the others crumpled up across the bottle.

9. Place the items in the package.

In their hand, these may be stacked in a single layer.

10. Put the package together.

Add a couple more wrapping paper balls, turn the package, and see whether you can hear or sense some activity. If that’s the case, cram in a couple more balls anywhere, you can. Then seal the package and mark it, so you know exactly what’s inside.