First, prepare a suitable working surface. A kitchen or dining room table will do, provided the top is covered with a blanket to protect the surface. Avoid stress on your back with excessive bending over. Boxes should be well taped, with at least 3 strips of tape across the seams of the bottom and top of each box. Also, be sure to clearly mark on the top and at least 2 sides of each box with the room where the box should be placed at the destination. In addition, clearly mark any delicate box as FRAGILE. The most fragile should be marked TOP LOAD ONLY.

Fragile items such as plates, bowls, glasses or vases should be packed in either the linen or dish pack boxes. The bottom of the box should be cushioned with loosely rolled up balls of packing paper. Put plates and other heavy items at the bottom of the box. Each plate should be wrapped in paper and standing up vertically in the box. Be sure to use plenty of paper to fill any empty spaces in the box. Use more buffering (rolled up paper) between layers of dishes in the box. Place lighter items such as glasses toward the top of the box. Be sure to wrap all glasses and place them standing vertically in the box. Another layer of buffering at the top of the box is a good precaution as well. Each box should be filled to the top, though not overfilled. Mark these boxes fragile.

Canned goods are best packed in a book box, while lighter food items can be packed in linen boxes.


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