28 October 2012
Moving home without descending into chaos: Packing jewellery
If I have to move home when I don't want to I can at least get some blog fodder out of it, right? This will be our 15th move in 17 years and over the years (you can read all about our house moves here) I've become a bit of a pro at it, if I do say so myself. I thought I'd share a few tips and tricks and things I've learned, in the hopes that it will help someone out there.
Today's post is a quick one about packing jewellery. I have a lot of necklaces and hate how tangled they can get when packed. I have found this system to be the easiest to keep them untangled and free from damage during the move. (It can also be adapted to packing for a trip, rather than in a box for a house move).
I have had my necklaces hung from little clips (you can see the system here) and have left the clips on the necklaces (in case you are wondering what the silver things are).
First, lay out a washcloth and lay your first necklace along the top of it. It doesn't matter if it sticks out of either end.
Roll the necklace up a little in the edge of the washcloth ...
... then lay out another necklace, close to the rolled bit.
Roll that bit over and lay out another necklace. Repeat all the way down the washcloth until you run out of cloth.
Then lay the roll in a box. Add more rolls as you wrap all of your necklaces.
Lay bigger necklaces on top of the rolls.
Add a washcloth to the top of the necklaces and then add any other bits of jewellery like bangles, bracelets and watches.
Top with another washcloth ...
... add a lid and voila, a box of jewellery ready to be packed. (And how cute is this shoebox?!)
All posts in this series:
The "do not pack" boxes
Where to get boxes
Declutter as you go
Last few tips