Putting dishes into storage at a facility like Storage Now is an essential part of freeing up space within your kitchen, whether that is so that you can remodel your existing space, move to a new home, or maybe even just to clear some clutter. However, you can't simply load dishes into bags and boxes and move them into a storage unit; doing so can greatly increase the risk that some of your dishes will break. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that you can do to reduce the risk of breakages happening, ensuring that your dishes are in good condition when you eventually take them out of storage again.
Sideways, Not Horizontal
A good way to ensure that your plates don't shatter or otherwise become damaged is to store them sideways instead of flat. This is because it is much easier for an entire plate to crack along the middle than it is for the edge to become damaged. Check with your storage supply store to see if they have cardboard racks that allow for dishes to be stored this way. Otherwise, as detailed below, you can use padding to hold your plates upright.
Another important packing technique that you should keep in mind when putting your dishes away is to always keep the heaviest items on the bottom. This refers to things like cutting boards, serving trays and platters, and any other large and otherwise weighty dishes. These items are more likely to cause damage to other dishes if they are stacked on top of them, and as such should serve as the base that you stack other dishes on top of.
One of the most important part of packing up dishes for storage is making sure that any extra space within the box itself is filled with something to prevent shifting. Newsprint, packing paper, or bubble wrap all work well to keep dishes held in place and are all relatively inexpensive. As a general rule of thumb, you will want at least two inches on the top and bottom of the box, and about an inch around the sides as well – though more padding can't hurt, especially for valuable and fragile items. Also, it may be a good idea to put individual sheets between each dish to ensure that porcelain and china don't end up scratching up against each other. Glasses should also have paper inserted into the bowl or cup.