Moving collectibles can be painstaking work. Often, collectibles are easy to break, so you must pack them carefully. If you have an extensive collection of something – whether that’s knick-knacks, china dolls, or toy trains – you have to be careful in packing, wrapping, and handling your collection. Following these tips can help.
1. Declutter and Dust
Before putting your collectibles in boxes, dust them to ensure they’re in the best condition possible when you unpack them. Be careful when dusting your collectibles to ensure that you don’t break them or cause them harm.
Use a soft duster or paintbrushes to reach down in small nooks and crannies without doing any damage. This is also a great time to get rid of things you no longer want in your collection. Finally, cutting down your collection’s size makes moving easier!
2. Gather All In One Place
Gather your collectibles in one place so you can pack them all at once into the same box or groups of boxes. This makes packing your collectibles more efficient. If your collectibles are incredibly fragile, heavy, or unusually shaped, you may need to get specialized cartons for them. Talk to your professional moving company to see if they can supply you with the appropriate boxes.
3. Have the Right Tools
In addition to whatever boxes you need to pack your collectibles, you’ll also need bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, markers, and other supplies to keep your collectibles in good condition. Gather all your tools together for the packing process to keep your packing efforts moving along.
4. Wrap Everything for Safe Transport
Wrapping fragile items is a delicate task. Use bubble wrap or packing paper for your collectibles. Use tape to keep the wrap gathered around each item. If the items are loose in the box, even wrapped in bubble wrap or packing, use additional crumpled paper or packing peanuts to fill the space and keep your things from shifting around.
5. Keep the Boxes Together, Numbered
Label your boxes clearly to show what’s inside. If you have more than one box, number them to show several boxes in the sequence. Keep those boxes together during your relocation to avoid losing one box. Don’t stack anything heavy on your boxes of collectibles since the boxes could cave in and break the contents.
6. Don’t Put Anything Else in the Box
Don’t pack your collectibles with anything else except other collectible items. This will prevent your collectibles from becoming damaged by something heavier or, in some other way, capable of damaging delicate items.
7. Don’t Unpack Until You’re Ready
Collectibles don’t need to be unpacked first. Wait to unpack your collectibles until you unpack your other boxes and you’ve identified an area specifically for your collectibles. Waiting for the right moment will ensure that you’re able to position your collectibles in a way that you find desirable.
Use the Right Movers
Are you moving delicate items during your relocation? It’s crucial to find the right movers to help. Contact us before your relocation to get a quote. We will make sure your relocation is a success.