How To Pack Your Kitchen For Moving House
The kitchen is the hardest room of the home to pack. With many cabinets and drawers full of small, fragile items, there is a lot to do before the removalist arrives.
The best time to edit your possessions and lighten your load is to pass, so take a moment to separate the items that do not serve a purpose for you. This can be a especially difficult thing to do in the kitchen, as there’s always that voice saying that you might want to use it someday, even though you’ve never used that crème brulee set before. Make a list of things ahead of time to pack.
You don’t want to pack your entire kitchen just to remember that that night you didn’t leave any forks for dinner. Set aside the important kitchen products that you would want to keep on hand right before and right after your transfer (or at least make a mental note). A plate, cup, and a set of flatware will be required for every member of your family, and you should also keep a couple of bowls out. Make sure you also leave a dish towel, dish soap, a sponge (just throw it when you head out), and any gadgets you’ll need, such as your coffee maker, handy while you pack. On the day you leave, these can all be stored separately in a kitchen essentials box. Below is a list of suggested categories to pack your kitchen boxes into:
Have your 4 boxes ready for each section of kitchen cupboards you are packing up. A simple rule of thumb is to get rid of something in the last six months that you have not used.
Donate or sell
Moving is the ideal downsizing time; you can schedule a yard sale or donate to a local charity even better.
Plates, silverware, coffee maker, dish cleaner, toaster, and a single all-purpose skillet. Using these in your old house’s last days and your new one’s first days.
Including rarely used pots and pans, serving dishes, plates and other products are rarely used.
Food packets, bottles and cans that you are not going to be using. Keep out what you need and pack the rest of it up. It’s handy to made a meal plan for the week so you know exactly what you need and what you don’t.
You’ll need heavy duty boxes in a range of sizes to stock a kitchen, as well as packaging paper, packaging tape, and markers for marking. You may also want to buy specialty dividers specially designed for packing and stacking difficult pieces, such as stemware, to make it easier on yourself. Pick up some plastic wrap, too, which is helpful for holding packed things together and preventing them from moving around (the kind you can use to wrap up leftovers is just fine).
Make sure you’ve got the right materials for packing. You can save yourself a hassle by using the correct packing materials, from wrapping delicate products to locking up pots and pans. Say goodbye to dishes that are broken, things lost, and extra money spent on replacing objects.
You don’t have to start from scratch, luckily. We’ve put together a list of basics for packaging
- Packing Tape (and tape dispenser if possible) good quality
- Packing Boxes – various sizes
- Foam wrap (or bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts etc) for your fragile items
- Scissors or Stanley knife (or tape dispenser)
- Permanent Marker to mark your boxes
If you still have the original boxes and packaging for your appliances, use them. If not, you’re going to need medium-sized boxes for packing and a little creativity. Make sure each appliance is clean and dry prior to packing. Remove smaller pieces, such as glass bowls, and delicate objects. First, find the owner’s manual and then tape it to the front of the unit for easier assembly. Finally, wrap the fragile pieces in bubble wrap and wrap the metal or plastic pieces using a double layer of newspaper or packing paper. Put the appliance first in the box and stack the smaller , lighter pieces on top.
Plates and bowls
For quick packaging, stack the plates and bowls. Wrap each object before stacking if they’re breakable materials; otherwise, you can just place a piece of packing paper in between them. Hold the stacks together by firmly covering them in plastic wrap. To pack odds and ends, use the space surrounding your plates and bowls.
For flatware and serving utensils: Simply use plastic wrap to wrap around the tray for the best way to pack flatware and then put it flat inside a package. You can then add additional serving utensils on top, either loose or wrapped (if they are delicate) in a bit of packing paper.
Glasses and stemware
Using specialist dividers that fit into regular boxes is your best bet here. You’ll still want to cover each object in packing paper, even though your glassware is better covered in splitters than out of them. Don’t stack anything, even if there’s space in the case, on top of your glassware. Glass is too delicate to withstand a great deal of extra weight.
Pots and Pans
Use a big or medium box and stack pots and pans with the smaller ones nestled in the larger ones and between them a thin piece of packing paper. By stuffing paper or dish towels into holes, make sure to add support around your pots and pans, which will prevent them from sliding around in transit. Glass lids should be covered in packing paper and placed around or in a separate box around the pots and pans.
It is necessary to correctly pack your dishes to avoid breaking them during transit. For best performance, pack them standing on their sides like record albums. To pad them, you should use foam plates between them and on the top and bottom. To fill any holes and prevent the content from changing, Wad up newspaper.
Packing some items in packages is all right, but you can wrap delicate items like china individually.
Be sure to always label your boxes with fragile and DO NOT overfill making them too heavy to lift safely.