Imagine this scenario: you’ve spent the last few months preparing for and going through a big move. It was stressful, but finally you’re on the other side of things and feeling free… until you unpack your first box and realize that the necklace your grandmother gave you isn’t in it even though you swear you put it in there. Maybe it’s not a necklace, but instead a watch, a ring, or any other matter of small family heirloom.
It’s easy to let little things slip through the cracks (both literally and figuratively) when packing for a move, so here are our tips for the best ways to pack your accessories to make sure they don’t get lost.
There are a number of different ways to safely pack and store necklaces for a move, from bubble wrap to threading them through straws to avoid tangling. Our favorite method, however, is by using a simple plastic bag. One bag per necklace, with each necklace closed and gently wrapped in a piece of tissue paper (or, if you don't have any, folded into a piece of printer paper will work too). Seal the bag and then store all individual necklaces baggies into one bigger baggie to be packed in a box. Nothing will get lost, tangled, or broken this way.
Rings are some of the smallest accessories out there, so even if you store them in individual ziploc baggies like we recommend with other items on this list there's still a potential for them to get lost in whatever box they might be stored in. That's why we have an extra step to recommend: once you've placed your rings in ziploc baggies, take the big baggie with all of them and use duct tape to tape it to the inside of one of your storage boxes. That way your smaller ring bag won't get lost among other things and will still be safe and put together.
Once again, the small baggies combined into a bigger baggie approach is great for earrings. Unlike most necklaces, however, earrings tend to have pokey edges that can tear holes in the baggies they’re stored in (which can then lead to them slipping out and getting lost, which we don’t want). Our advice to circumvent this potential problem is by using cotton balls. Stick them onto the edges of any hook earrings so that their pointy bits don’t make holes and you’ll be good to go.
Whatever accessory you may be needing to store, the story with all our suggestions stays the same: make sure things have their own space, and that once they’re put together you can easily access that space. Most of this advice will work just as well for other small trinkets like pins, cuff links, bracelets, and the like.
Our biggest piece of advice is this: if a single accessory is so important that you’re nervous of losing it in a move, your best bet is to just wear it. That way you know where it is at all times because it’s right there with you. If that’s not secure enough for you, there’s always the option of storing special valuables in a small safe inside of a self-serve storage unit (like the ones from Storage Direct).