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Two-Minute Guide: How to Pack Your Dishes

Learn to pack your dishes like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

We’ve been moving and packing Nashville’s belongings for over 21 years now, and we like to share everything we’ve learned to help you have the easiest moving experience possible. Packing is by far the longest step in the moving process, and we know you have a lot of work ahead of you, so we put together a quick guide to pack your dishes so nothing gets broken along the way.

First, you want to start with a “Dish Pack” or “Dish Barrel” box.  We’re in love with these boxes because they’re double-walled to ensure stability and great cushioning, plus they come with a cell pack that creates adjustable pockets to fit each dish.  Tape up the bottom of the box with 3 strips of tape.  (We always use 3 strips at the bottom of every box, no matter what the type.)

Next, open up your cell pack.  This is another ingenious creation, because every part of the pack turns into practical packing supplies, including the top cover showing the contents of the pack.  Take that cover and fold the side flaps into a makeshift spring (pictured on the cell pack).  Press this down to the bottom of your box to add yet another layer of protective cushioning, just in case the box gets dropped.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack dishesNow you’re ready to put together your first set of dividers.  There are tall and short dividers, but you want to start with the shorter ones.  Use the interlocking pieces to create 16 separate pockets that can be used for drinking glasses, silverware, and other small, breakable items you find in your kitchen.  Roll each glass in a sheet of packing paper, with the ends folded and taped to the side.  This way, the glass is less likely to slip out or become exposed, and rolls of silverware have less chance of stabbing through the end of the paper roll.  If a glass doesn’t fill up the full pocket, stuff extra crumpled paper to fill in the gaps so it won’t shift during transit.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack plates and bowlsOnce your first layer of dishes has been packed up, flatten one side of the cell pack and lay it over the top.  This barrier ensures your glassware won’t rub against or chip any dishes from layers above or below.  Then put together your next set of dividers.  If you’re ready to pack up the plates and bowls, use the taller dividers.  The tall dividers allow you to stand up the dishes vertically, where they’ll be less likely to break if the box shifts in your moving van.  Again, fill in extra space with crumpled packing paper.  You can also use the smaller square pockets around the edges of this layer to place more drinking glasses and trinkets.

That’s it!  Those are the four steps to take when packing up your kitchenware. When you’re ready to purchase supplies, give us a call to schedule your free delivery of everything, from boxes to mattress bags to rolls of tape.  We’ll even buy back any supplies you don’t use at full price after you’ve had a chance to settle down in your new home.

If DIY packing doesn’t sound like your thing, give us a call at 615-248-6288 (or just click here to visit our website) to ask about our all-inclusive packing service.  Instead of paying someone by the hour to pack all your belongings and purchase all the supplies they use, our movers can expertly pack your belongings with our supplies for one hourly rate.

How to Prep Your Home & Avoid Holiday Hosting Disasters

how to avoid holiday hosting disasters at your home

The holiday season is full of visiting family and friends, holiday parties, and huge meals.  The one thing in common with all these scenarios?  You host all of them in your home.  The last thing you want to face is a last-minute disaster, such as an unforeseen plumbing issue or suddenly losing your heat.  Here are some tips for avoiding these hosting hiccups:

Avoid: The oven won’t heat up!

Whether you’re planning to use the oven to roast your Christmas ham or just to bake some cookies for Santa, you definitely want to avoid a broken oven.  While your oven could break due to multiple reasons, you can help avoid this issue by waiting to self-clean your oven until after the holidays are over.  Self-cleaning can cause a fuse or thermostat to blow, and you’ll likely need a technician to come in and fix the problem.

Avoid: The sink clogging!

There are a few ways to steer clear of this issue.  First, never dispose of your fats and cooking oils in the kitchen sink.  Some cooks like to save old sauce jars to reuse as oil-holders as an alternate method of disposal.  Also, be sure to start running your garbage disposal before you drop food into it.  Never give your disposal fibrous or starchy foods to break down.  Finally, if your drain has already shown signs of being clogged, don’t pour drain-clearing chemicals that could further harm your pipes.  Instead, use a snake tool from your hardware store.

Avoid: The heat went out!

As a rule, try to regularly maintain your HVAC system.  Every three months, be sure to install a new furnace filter.  You should also regularly check on refrigerant lines leading into your home, and replace insulation on any lines that have missing or damaged insulation.

Avoid: The fridge isn’t cool!

An inexpensive way to regularly check your refrigerator is purchasing a thermometer for each shelf.  Be sure each thermometer always reads less than 40 degrees, and take note of any major temperature changes that occur.  You should also check to make sure the condenser coils on the back of (or beneath) the fridge unit are loose and able to freely circulate air.  Go ahead and clear off items on top of the fridge that block the coils, and clean the coils when they become dirty with dust.

From all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville, we wish you a happy, stress-free holiday season!  Need help staging your home for the holidays?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule your in-home moving services, or check out our website for more information!