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Packing specialty items - household moves

Our professional movers want your valuables to look the same after relocation as they did before. General packing guidelines can be followed for most items, but some things require special care in preparation for shipment. Do not hesitate to ask your local Wheaton World Wide Moving agent for additional assistance.


How to pack fragile items and breakables for moving

Plates and flat china

Individually wrap each fragile piece in several pieces of clean newsprint. Stack three to five fragile pieces together and then wrap the bundle. Always stand each bundle on its side. Never lay them flat. Create a second level by placing three to four inches of crumbled paper over bundles. Always pack larger items on the bottom and smaller items toward to top of the carton. Often, it's helpful to add a cardboard divider between levels.


Glassware and crystal

Individually wrap and pack rim-down on the very top layer of your carton. Never place one piece inside of another. Pack especially fragile items in a smaller carton and place the entire carton in a larger, cushioned one.



Wrap individually, nesting two to three bowls together before rewrapping the entire bundle. Place the bundle in a carton on its side or flat, creating layers as you go.


Glasses and cups

Individually wrap each glass or cup taking extra care to cushion handles with more newsprint. Pack with rims down creating layers within the carton.


Mirrors, glass/marble tabletops, pictures, paintings, etc.

Your local Wheaton World Wide Moving agent can provide you with special cartons that accommodate most items in this category. Place only one article in each container. Professional crating may be necessary for oversized or especially heavy items, such as tabletops.



Remove the shade, bulb and harp. Double wrap the bulb and harp assembly. Wrap the base and cushion it in a dishpack or similar box. For lampshades, select the carton size as close to the shade measurements as possible. Fit one lampshade in similar-sized carton without placing newsprint in or around it. Take extra care with glass shades and chandeliers by having them professionally packed in sturdy crates. Watch this helpful and brief video on how to expertly pack a lamp for moving.


How to pack softgoods for moving


Leave foldable clothes in dresser drawers or pack in suitcases or medium-sized boxes. Leave hanging clothes on hangers and place in wardrobe cartons, or remove hangers and pack in lined cartons if you prefer. Leave hats in their boxes and place in a moving carton. If hats are not stored in a box, use a small box and surround them with clean newsprint.


Bedding and draperies

Cover mattresses to protect them from soil and damage in appropriate-sized boxes, which are available from your Wheaton agent. Fold sheets, spreads and draperies and place in boxes or hang in wardrobe cartons.


How to pack hardgoods for moving


Pack similar-sized books together in smaller boxes alternating open edges with the bindings. Wrap hardback books and ones with fragile covers in clean newsprint. Be sure to not over pack a box. If it’s heavier than 50 pounds, it will be difficult to lift. Watch this biref video about packing books.



Drain power tools of gasoline and oil. Bundle long-handled tools together to save space. Wrap and pack hand tools in layers with larger, heavier items on the bottom.


Flowers and plants

Live plants and potted flowers will likely not survive a long-distance relocation and are generally not moved. Wrap artificial arrangements and box individually, securing the arrangement to the bottom of the carton if possible.



Jars should be taped shut and wrapped. Use smaller cartons for jars and cans due to their weight. Never pack open or perishable food items, aerosol kitchen products or frozen food. Ask your Wheaton agent about donating open food items and other nonperishable goods to the nonprofit organization Move For Hunger.

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