PACKING FRAGILE ITEMS
Many people are afraid to pack their own valuables -- preferring the expense and risk of hiring a mover to pack them -- simply because they are afraid they don't know what they are doing. But it's easy to pack fragile items so that they won't be damaged, with the right equipment.
If you still have the item's original packaging, use that for storage during your move -- especially electronic equipment and knick-knacks that have their own specially molded styrofoam padding.
If you don't have the original packaging, use clean crumpled paper, bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts for padding. Don't be afraid to use too much padding, especially when packing items that might get chipped or bent easily. You can always use compartmentalized boxes -- like the ones used for transporting stemware -- to keep fragile objects from bumping together.
Try to sit items flat on one side or another -- packing fragile objects at strange angles is inviting damage. And be sure to pack your containers tightly to avoid SHIFTING, the number one cause of damage during moves.