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Packing Stemware

Packing Stemware?

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Packing your stemware is pretty simple, but, since it's so fragile, you should take extra care when doing so. If you pack your stemware properly, it will be much more likely to arrive at your new home intact and ready for use.

What You'll Need

For packing stemware, you should have the following supplies:

How to Pack Stemware

The first thing to do is to prepare the dish carton. Crumple some paper and put it in the bottom of the box. Then place a layer of cells (dividers) on top of the crushed paper. These cells will keep pieces of stemware from bumping into each other while in transit.

If you're going to be packing dishes or glasses along with your stemware, make sure to pack the heaviest items in the bottom of the box. Fragile stemware will be best protected at the top of the box.

Once your dish carton is ready, you can start packing stemware. Take one glass and lay it on its side on the corner of the stack of tissue paper. Gently roll it in two or three sheets of tissue, tucking in the extra paper as you roll.

Next, repeat the process, but use two or three sheets of packing paper instead of tissue paper. Then, place the glass rim-side-down in one of the cells in the dish carton.

Once all the cells are filled, add another layer of crushed packing paper. Then, place a square of cardboard on top of the first layer of stemware or other items. Insert another set of cells, and you're ready for a second layer of stemware.

Repeat these steps with each glass until all of your stemware is packed.

TIP: For extra support, gently stuff some tissue paper into each glass's globe (the open end). You can also wrap an extra layer of folded tissue paper around the stem of each piece.

If you've packed all of your stemware and still have room in the box, fill the empty spaces with crushed packing paper. This will keep things from shifting around during the move.

Once the carton is full, add one final layer of crumpled packing paper on top of everything as cushioning. Then, tape the box shut. Finally, you should label the box with its contents and destination in your new home (e.g., kitchen or dining room). You should also mark the box as "fragile", with arrows indicating the box should be kept right-side-up.

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