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How to pack fragile items (and food!) when moving house

 There's so much to do when moving house. You have to organize and pack your belongings, throw out clutter and organize the moving of your items. One of the most important aspects of moving is packing fragile items. Things like glassware, valuables, furniture, and even food must be packed correctly in order to protect it during the move. Here are our tips on how to pack fragile items.

Pack each item in its own box.

This is one of the main reasons people's belongings are broken when moving house. Often, people try to fit as much as they can into one box, thinking this will save them time and energy moving items in and out of the moving truck. However, a cramped box can often cause broken items. Avoid this by packing each item in its own box, especially if it's fragile.

This will prevent them from being damaged if they are jostled around during the move.

Use a sturdy box with adequate padding.

Avoid using cereal or shoe boxes which might not offer enough protection to your items. Bubble wrap and newspaper are great for filling in gaps between the item inside and the sides of the box.

Of course, you can employ help from professional removalists who understand how to pack household items for safe moving. Muval will help you find interstate removalists, compare prices and find the right fit for your job.

Use packing materials

Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or tissue paper to protect fragile items. Make sure to pack these materials around all sides of your fragile items. This will prevent them from being jostled around inside the box.

Remember, your household goods are important to you so take good care of them when moving.


When packing furniture, you want to make sure it's well protected. Wrap each piece in bubble wrap and use cardboard corners to protect the sharp edges. Tape these corners in place so they don't move around during transit. If possible, take apart any large pieces of furniture before moving them. This will make them easier to transport and less likely to be damaged.


Mirrors are often some of the most fragile items when moving house. You want to make sure they're well protected. Wrap them in bubble wrap and place them in a box with plenty of packing materials surrounding it. If you have any large mirrors you might want to consider hiring a professional mover to take care of it.


If you're packing artwork, use a large, sturdy box. Line the bottom of the box with Styrofoam peanuts or another packing material and place the artwork in the center. Cover it with more packing materials and seal the box shut. You can even mark the box as "artwork" or "fragile" to let your movers know what's inside and how to treat it.


Pack your glassware in smaller boxes that can be easily handled. Wrap each item individually in bubble wrap then place it inside a box lined with tissue paper. Place the wrapped items in an egg carton for greater protection and then pack your boxes full of packing peanuts or bubble wrap to prevent them from being jostled around during the move.

And don't forget about the food!

Food is one that should probably be dealt with before moving. That is to say, it should either be eaten or thrown out before moving day. Of course, you will need food to eat on moving day, and that should be kept in your own day bag, with ice coolers if necessary.

If you do find that you have food you need to transport to your new house, it's often best to pack in Tupperware containers and put them into an esky with some ice bricks. If you're using a removalist company, the best move would be to keep your food and take it in your own car.

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