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Monday, 09 November 2015 11:20

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Packing China & Dishes

  • Select a sturdy carton and place a 7 to 10cm (3-4?) layer of lightly crushed paper on the bottom.
  • Place several layers of wrapping paper on your working table. Place one plate on the wrapping paper and fold the corner of one or two sheets diagonally over the plate. Place another plate on top and fold another piece of paper over it. Add two more plates in the same manner. It is not advisable to put more than 4 plates in one bundle. Fold over each side of paper. Roll the plates over, keeping the sides of paper straight. You will have a neat bundle.
  • Place the bundle into the carton in a standing position on edge and continue in this way until you have a row of wrapped plates across the carton. Keep the row snug so that the plates will stand up straight. If there are not enough plates to complete the bottom row, use sturdy pieces such as bowls, gravy boats, or platters to do so. Fill any spaces with crushed paper. Then place another layer of crushed paper over the layer of plates just packed.
  • Fill the next layer with other large, strong items. Always keep the wrapped items snug in each tier and add a cushion of paper after the completion of each tier. If there is still room, you can complete the carton with cups, but always keep enough space at the top of the carton for a cushion of lightly crushed paper. Fold the top flat, seal with tape, and label.

Small Appliances

Radios, etc. should be wrapped individually before being placed in a carton.


Pack on edge in small cartons (e.g. 2cu. ft.) so they are not too heavy to lift.

Brooms, Curtain Rods, Mops

Tie or tape into bundles.


Hanging clothes can be kept neat and clean in a specialized wardrobe carton. One carton will hold about 30 garments on hangers.

Flowers and Plants

Accepted for shipment only at owner’s risk. Pack in cartons taller than the plants and use lots of paper between the pots to keep plants upright.

Pictures and Mirrors

Pack on their edges, in appropriately sized cartons. Use 2 cu. ft. Cartons for smaller pictures. Telescoping mirror cartons are very good to protect larger pictures and mirrors. Support and separate with lots of paper.

Table Lamps and Shades

Pack the lamps and shades separately in cartons. Both are fragile and plenty of crushed paper should be used to cushion the items. Cover shades with kitchen towels or tissue paper and handle them only by the wires.


High-value and critical items such as important documents, jewellery, heirlooms, etc. should be transported by you or sent by registered mail. Your movers cannot accept responsibility for such items.

Mattresses and Box Springs

Use our mattress bags to keep these items clean and protected during transit.

Power Tools and Outdoor Equipment

Swings, sheds should be dismantled and packed in mid-size cartons. Power tools can be packed in smaller to mid-size cartons depending on weight.

Flammable Substances

Must be disposed of or taken with you in your personal vehicle.