Trying to pack but can’t swing a cat without knocking over your elegant silverware? Not sure how to store your fine china and chandeliers? We hear you.
Moving home is stressful enough without worrying about your fancy stuff getting misplaced or damaged. And because you probably won’t be wearing all your finest jewels or serving tea from your expensive china set while relocating, it’s a good idea to get your valuables out of the way, safe and sound, before you start with the rest of your belongings.
Learn how to keep your jewellery, china and silverware in top condition during storage with these tips.
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How to Store Jewellery
Clean Your Pieces
You’ll want to give your jewellery a good clean before you place them into storage. You can have them cleaned by professionals or use a jewellery cleaner or DIY solution out of household items.
Keep Them Separate
You don’t want to see what happens when you leave a necklace and a brooch together (it’s a bloodbath, we tell you!). Keep each item separate using acid-free tissue paper, untreated cotton, or raw silk to avoid rubbing and scratching.
Stick Them on a Cushion or Board
Pins, brooches and earrings can be stuck into a cushion or board to avoid movement and damage.
Hang Chains on Hooks
Say no to knots and hang your chains and necklaces on hooks, or keep them in the box they came in.
Protect your jewellery with acid-free tissue paper and avoid any chemically treated or acidic materials like paper, cardboard, plastic, and some kinds of timber.
Direct sunlight, high temperatures and humidity can all damage your jewellery. Heat can even cause discolouration to your metals and stones. Keep your pieces in a cool, dry place.
How to Store Silverware
Give Them a Polish
Polish up your silverware and flatware using a special cleaner or cheeky DIY silver polish concoction. Be sure to dry them thoroughly before wrapping.
Wrap Them Separately
Protect your silverware by wrapping each item separately using tarnish-proof or silver cloth.
Tip: You can buy tarnish-proof cloth pretty cheap from eBay.
Air exposure can lead to tarnishing. Keep your silverware in airtight bags to keep the air out.
Chemically treated materials are a big no-no. Steer clear of plastic bags, foil, wood, newspaper, rubber bands, and other acidic items that can cause stains.
Stay Dark and Dry
Sunlight and humidity don’t play nice with silverware. Play it safe and choose a storage unit with climate control to avoid tarnishing.
How to Store China
Invest in Some Bubble Wrap
Wrap each item individually using bubble wrap or packing paper to avoid damage from knocks and bumps.
Keep Things on Their Side
If you stack your plates like pancakes, they’ll be more vulnerable to breakage. The edges of plates, saucers and bowls are stronger than the centre, so be sure to stack them on their side, not in a pile.
Keep Stacks Small
Over-packing boxes of china will increase the risk of breakage, and it’ll make your boxes trickier to carry. Keep stacks small and fill any excess space in boxes with bubble wrap.
Unwrapping your china on the hunt for a specific item will increase the risk of damage. Be sure to label your boxes so you can find what you’re looking for without rummaging through boxes.
Now your fancy stuff is taken care of, keep your valuable electronics safe during storage with these tips.
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