Here's How to Pack Your Drinkware When Moving Your Kitchen

by Jan Kennemer 12/19/2021

Packing up your kitchen to prepare for a move requires careful organization. With so many shapes and sizes of items in your kitchen, it’s important to pack everything in the right way. Glassware and cups are a common pain point in packing a kitchen because of their fragility and irregular shape. However, there are some tricks and strategies for packing glasses and other drinkware to keep them safe while using space efficiently.

Here’s a guide for packing and preparing drinkware for a move:

Stock Up on Materials

Having enough of the right supplies before you pack will save you time and frustration. For packing drinkware, make sure you have plenty of packing paper, tape and thin bubble wrap for breakable items. You’ll also need boxes and something to label them with so you know what’s inside.

Start With Heavy Items

Begin packing a box with the heavy items. This could include things like large ceramic coffee mugs and other more sturdy drinkware that will make a solid base. Wrap each item carefully in paper to avoid friction and breakage, then layer lighter items on top until the box is full.

Double Up

A great way to save space and paper is by wrapping identical glasses together. With your packing paper, roll up one glass completely. Then, flip it over and wrap a second glass, starting from the opposite edge of the paper. You’ll end up with a two-pack of cups to save time and effort unpacking later.

Protect the Stems

Stemware is highly susceptible to damage during a move unless you protect it well. When wrapping and preparing stemware like wine glasses, wrap the stems or handles first. You may opt for wrapping it in a double layer of paper to be extra careful. Use the remaining paper to cover the cup and place them carefully in the box. This is a great time to use thin bubble wrap if you have some.

Add Cushion

If you’re done packing all of your drinkware and still have space in the box, don’t leave it empty. Extra room in a box leaves more chance for movement and breakage during the move. Instead, fill up that space with something soft and lightweight, such as a stack of dish towels. You can also use bubble wrap or other packing materials to create cushion if you’d like.

It’s crucial to protect your most breakable items when packing for a move. Use these tips for packing your drinkware the right way so everything makes it safely to your new home.

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.