A Kitchen is probably the hardest room to pack while moving. With several different types of things to pack, from pots and pans to wine bottles and sauces, you do need to sort through a lot of things before you’re done. So, make your kitchen packing experience a lot easier by following these 10 Kitchen Packing tips:
Sort and Select
Taking everything with you while moving might not always be a great idea. Not only would it take a lot of space, some items are cheaper to replace than to move. So, sort out everything into “keep” and “throw” piles. Prep and organize the “keep” pile for packing and moving while donate or sell the “throw” pile. You can sell items through a garage sale, or even on eBay. As for anything that does not get sold, donate it to local charities, or give it away to someone who might need it.
Find different types of Boxes
Given that there are a variety of goods and appliances that you’ll need to pack from your kitchen, you will need a variety of different boxes. You’ll need large boxes to pack lightweight kitchen items like plastic dishes and utensils, dish racks and baking tins. Medium boxes are for packing heavier items like small appliances, pots and pans, silverware, contents of drawers, cookbooks and pantry items. You’ll also need a few hard duty boxes with thick, double-walls for packing fragile items like glassware and porcelain items and easily damaged appliances.
Firstly, pack less frequently used Items
When you begin packing your kitchen, start with items that aren’t used frequently. Pull out your drawers that aren’t frequently opened and start packing. Some of the things you can pack early on could include vases, special event dishes, utensils and appliances, food containers, expensive glassware, mixing bowls, small seasonal appliances, extra kitchen items, unopened wine bottles and cook books.
Extra caution for delicate glassware
Delicate glassware and expensive china can get easily damaged while relocating, so you need to pack them with extra care. Use heavy duty boxes or special boxes called “dish barrels” which are strong enough to hold them. Make sure each item is individually wrapped, and there is adequate cushioning material between items to prevent breakage. Make sure everything is arranged compactly so that it doesn’t have much room to move.
Pots pans and utensils
Start by packing all extra pots, pans and utensils that you can manage without in your daily life. Use sturdier medium sized boxes to pack heavy cooking wares like pans and pots and larger lightweight boxes to pack light items like plastic dishes, bowls and such. Make sure the packed items are wrapped and cushioned properly. As you near the moving day (i.e. 2-3 days before moving) you should only have a set of cooking pans, dishes and utensils left unpacked; just enough to get you through the last few days.
Pack an essentials box
Have a separate “essentials box” for bare minimum kitchen wares that you’ll need to survive. This box should get you through the last few days before moving and the first few days in which you’re still unpacking. This should include a few essential appliances like toaster or coffee maker, cooking pot or pan, dishes and cutlery for you to eat off of and cleaning products like dish soap, and cleaning rag.
Sort the Pantry
You should start sorting your pantry a few weeks in advance before moving. Check every item and decide what can be packed and what should be used or thrown away. Check the weight and calculate the cost of moving it. Start packing everything that you think is worth packing and moving. Canned food and perishable items are not worth the cost of moving so try to use them in the few weeks before the move. Anything that does not get used can be given away to friends or donated to your local food bank.
Go groceries shopping two weeks before moving
Make your last trip to the grocery store, two weeks before the moving day. Before going grocery shopping, take inventory of everything you have in your pantry. Only buy food items that you will need in the next two weeks. The less food you buy and the more available food you use, the lesser the chances that you’ll have to throw food away before moving.
Prepare appliances for the move
Prepare all your major kitchen appliances at least 24 hours before moving. Read the user manuals for each appliance and call their dealer if you have any confusion. Fridges need to be unplugged and defrosted 24 hours in advance. Stoves need to be cleaned thoroughly and gas line should be disconnected. Dishwashers need to be emptied and racks removed and packed separately. Appliances need to be properly prepared otherwise, it might lead to gas leaks, broken parts and you’ll end up with appliances that won’t work.
Tape off and Mark every Box
Finally, once you’ve packed everything, make sure the boxes are securely taped shut and each box is properly marked. Mark the box according to its content and indicate where each box should go (i.e. pantry items, cutlery and utensils or glassware and china etc.).
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