A large and extensive jewelry collection is a joy to own and wear, but it can be a challenge to pack and move. Jewelry is often valuable materially and has sentimental value, but it's also fragile and prone to entanglement. And a big jewelry collection contains many small pieces that can get damaged or lost during the move.
So, how can you successfully move all your jewelry pieces? Here are a few tips to apply no matter the size or makeup of your collection.
1. Transfer Jewelry for the Trip
Is your jewelry in large jewelry boxes, cabinets, drawers, or display racks? If so, you'll need to start by getting some organizers for the trip. Avoid simply placing jewelry inside jewelry boxes and sealing them up. Why?
If you don't carefully prepare the jewelry for moving, it's likely to get damaged on the moving truck as everything moves and slides around. You might also open up the containers only to find that your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are one big, messy jumble.
2. Use Common Organizers
Organizers for moving jewelry, though, don't necessarily have to be made specifically for jewelry. Many people use plastic organizers for beads, craft supplies, sewing materials, or even food, for instance. The most important feature to look for are lots of small sections into which you can place individual items to protect them from each other.
3. Consider DIY Methods
Need help keeping specific jewelry pieces from being damaged or getting tangled? A quick search on the internet can often result in many inexpensive DIY solutions. For example, thread necklaces through paper straws and clasp them to keep them from tangling. Consider egg cartons for ring organizers. Or use snack-size bags for necklaces, bracelets, or sets.
4. Label Everything
The downside of using miscellaneous organizers and/or DIY homemade containers for jewelry is the risk that someone might misplace it. You don't want that egg carton of rings to be thrown in the trash, after all. Prevent this by clearly labeling everything containing jewelry as well as what types of items are inside it.
5. Take Some With You
Take a look at your collection and size up what may have extra financial or sentimental value. What about particularly fragile pieces? Pack these, but hand-carry them instead of placing them on the moving truck. This lets you control how they're placed and reduces the risk of anything irreplaceable being lost.
Where to Start
Want tips for safely packing and transporting jewelry and other unusual items? Need assistance prepping a big collection? Wondering how your jewelry is insured during the move? Start by learning more in consultation with an experienced residential moving company in your area today.
Contact a local company like Du Frane Moving & Storage for more info.