Moving to a new place is exciting—for the most part.

What isn’t as thrilling is packing up your belongings and taking them away. In fact, packing can actually get really stressful, exhausting, and sometimes even dangerous.

For example, unless you’ve hired a professional residential moving services seattle to help you, notice how when it comes to boxing up your delicate items like chinaware, glassware, and other breakable things like framed art, mirrors, and lamps, all of a sudden no one wants to touch them?

That’s because with packing fragile items, comes huge responsibility (and loads of extra effort) along with the risk of breakage.

But if you’re stressing out over finding ways to effectively pack your breakable items, we’ve come up with 3 tips that will save your time—and sanity.

Inventory your fragile stuff

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Creating a house inventory is one of the best things you can do to stay organized during your moving period, but we admit, it can take a while. So if you’re on a crunch for time, skip the house inventory and just scratch one out for your fragile stuff.

Once you’re done creating the inventory list, go through it carefully, and see if there are any items that aren’t worth the effort and money to pack and move them. One good way to judge that is to look back a little bit and see if there are things on the list that you haven’t used in the past six months to a year. If there are, chances are that you won’t be missing them a lot.

Instead of packing these items, it’s a lot smarter to give them away as gifts, donate them, or sell them.

Now that you have a fewer items to deal with, let’s head on to the next tip.

Essential Packing Supplies

bubble wrap for packing

Okay, let’s get down to the actual packing bit.

First and foremost, gather the right packing supplies for the job ahead. Here are the three most important things to secure:

  1. Cardboard Boxes. For fragile items, it’s best to go with new boxes as they are stronger. Still, if you want, you can go ahead and use your free moving boxes as long as they are strong and clean.
  2. Packing Paper. This will be used as the initial protective layer for your delicate things, so make sure that you have a lot of it.
  3. Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap gives fragile items the best protection against breakage. Be as generous as you can when acquiring bubble wrap.

Once you’ve gathered your essentials, it’s now time to pack.

Start with placing some crumbled packing paper on the bottom of each box. This will serve as a shock absorbing layer to reduce impact in case of mishaps. Next, wrap the items in the soft packing paper first, and then layer that up with bubble wrap and use tape to secure it in place.

Once you’re done with the two layers of protection, it’s time to place the items in your boxes and you’re done. If you see any remaining spaces, fill them up with the leftover packing paper for extra safety.

Label your fragile boxes properly

Labeling is especially important if you’ve hired professional help to assist you in moving. The labels will serve as warnings to all the people handling the boxes to handle them with care.

Need our help?

If your big move is overwhelming you, you can always reach out to us at ACME Moving Labor, even if it’s last minute. We’re a Seattle-based residential moving company, offering moving labor services in seattle, loading and unloading help, and container storage round the clock.

Contact us to confirm your booking or give us a call at (253)653-8635.