Thursday, March 21, 2019

5 Steps For Packing Mirrors And Frames

5 Steps For Packing Mirrors And Frames


It can be nerve-wracking to prepare things for storage or moving. For one, you need to prepare all the supplies you need, and then you have to pack each item properly in order to avoid damage. Another challenge concerns packing mirrors, picture frames or artwork. These don’t usually go inside regular square boxes. You have to use a different approach in order to properly protect such pieces from damage or from breakage.

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How to Pack Mirrors or Frames

Whether you are packing a mirror, a big picture frame, or an artwork, you will find these five steps helpful.

1. Buy a mirror box.

A mirror box can be used to pack fragile, rectangular items. The advantage of this kind of box over a regular box is that it can be adjusted easily so that it will perfectly fit the item that’s being packed. You can use a tape to secure each corner of the box according to the dimensions of the mirror or frame.

2. Tape an “X”.

If you are packing a mirror, tape an “X” over it using a masking tape. Just in case the item is dropped and the mirror shatters into pieces, the tape will help hold the sharp shards in place. So, it protects you from dangerous debris when you open it up.

3. Cushion the item.

Mirrors and picture frames, as well as some artwork, have glass that can easily break. Therefore, anything that is made of glass or partially made of such fragile material should be suitably cushioned. Use soft linen or towels, bubble wrap, cardboard, newspaper or foam peanuts. But before wrapping, be sure to carefully wipe down the glass or mirror because small debris trapped in between the item and the wrapping material can scratch the surface. Carefully secure or tape the protective covering so that it won’t become undone during transport or handling.

If you want to further protect the breakable item, place cardboard protectors on the edges. You can buy these or use old boxes. Just make sure to tape these on the corners or you can even place cardboard around the entire thing.

4. Properly label the mirror box.

Once you have placed the cushioned item in the box, tape it close. Don’t forget to label it. Mark the box with the word “Fragile” on every side so that anyone who is handling it will know that it contains a breakable item. You can also classify the box as “Fragile – Mirror” or “Fragile – Glass” so that you and the movers will know what the box contains.

5. Position the box on its side.

When loading breakable mirrors or glass inside a moving truck, you should let them stand on their side. Mirror or glass, even though it is properly cushioned or protected, is still likely to break if you lay it down and stack boxes on it. Keep in mind that the pressure of the heavy boxes can easily break the flimsy item underneath. Also, to keep the box from moving during transport, secure it with a rope or a rubber strap. You can also wedge it in between very sturdy boxes.

Claire Kurt is a full-time freelance blogger who often tackles issues about home improvement. She regularly writes about storage, property development, and interior decoration, to name a few.

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The Three Steps from Attraction to Commitment

The Three Steps from Attraction to Commitment


Man’s men simply will not give romantic comedies the time of day… at a declarative level. They are over-simplifying, sugary sweet, mushy, and, generally speaking, the type of things that gullible girls fall for. In actuality, however, the number of men that dream of a scenario along the lines of ‘meet girl, get a girl to like you, make girl yours forever’ is not nearly as insubstantial as some would like you to believe. Quite the contrary. What’s more, acknowledging this type of sensitivity is a good first step any man could take in the direction of self-fulfillment and increased comfort with oneself. With comfort comes self-confidence, which, as anyone knows is the single most attractive quality in the eyes of both genders.

But what comes after that initial attraction? After all, attracting someone is a matter of piquing and stimulating their curiosity – however, it is no reliable basis for a long-term relationship. How can any man move from that blissful initial period of sensual bliss into a committed, profound love affair, which stands a chance of withholding the test of time. In three simple steps, outlined below.

Creating a Sense of Intimacy

Contrary to what some may think, intimacy does not start in the bedroom. It builds up to that culminating explosion of the senses, but it builds off of comfort and a shared mental connection. As a wise man once put it, “the mind is the most sensual organ.” That belief is substantiated by plenty of anecdotal evidence, which confirms that attraction will wane in time, much like curiosity. True intimacy, however, which relies on knowing your chosen partner down to their tiniest preferences and the most random trivia, is a wholly different matter. Want to get intimate with your lady friend? Listen and pay attention, in any given order.

Fostering Commitment

When is a woman ready to commit? Just like a man, when they feel it is safe to trust their partner with their history, desires, and aspirations. When they are no longer afraid to disclose and discuss their past, to communicate their sexual needs and preferences, and when they have at least some degree of certainty that they will be helped, nurtured, and supported even when they are not their best. A popular adage for women says ‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.’ That, of course, is an exaggeration by all accounts. However, behind it hides the desire to be unconditionally appreciated. If you can’t surmount your partner’s flaws at least in part, then perhaps they are not the one you should be committing to.

Harboring Passion

True passion lasts a lifetime, they say. Meanwhile, looking at couples that have been together for years, or even decades, it seems that passion as we experience it in the beginning of a romantic liaison gets replaced by something altogether different. The truth is, as usual, somewhere between these two extremes. Keeping passion alive is a matter of creating memorable experiences with your partner. Such episodes foster the release of happiness hormones, such as adrenaline and oxytocin. In other words, if you can keep your partner happy, you’re pretty much home safe in terms of passion that will live on forever.

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