When planning for a move, packing your kitchen is the most stressful part. Other than the many items that you have to pack, many of them are fragile and oddly shaped, so you have to be creative and careful when packing them. Here are some professional hints on how to pack your kitchen for a move like a pro.
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Find packing materials
Do not just head off to pack your kitchen without a plan. First, gather your packing supplies, including heavy-duty boxes, labels, stuffing materials, and packing tape. You may want to look for specialty dividers that make packing fragile items easy. Some plastic wraps, too, such as the ones you use to wrap leftovers, newspapers, or paper towels, help stack items together and prevent them from moving during transportation. When it comes to packing the kitchen, you need more packing supplies than you think.
Set aside the essentials
You don’t want to start packing your kitchen only to realize you don’t have any plates for dinner that night, and you have to unpack the boxes all over again. When packing your kitchen, first set aside the essentials you need for your family as you wait to move. Set aside some cups, plates, forks, and anything other appliances you need handy. You can pack them last in a separate box the day your moving company is to move you.
Before packing your kitchen, note that kitchen boxes can get heavy quickly as you add up plates and cups. Avoid overpacking your boxes and test the weight as you pack. The heavier the box, the more risky the items are to break and the harder to load and unload.
Pots and pans
Stack pots and pans into the large boxes with the small ones nestled inside the large one with some pieces of packing paper between them to avoid scratches. Wrap the glass lids with dish towels and place them around the pots or in separate boxes.
Plates and bowls
Wrap the plates and bowls if they are breakable and stack them for easy packing. You can wrap them tightly in plastic wraps to keep them stacked together during transportation.
Glasses and stemware
You can get some specialty dividers to keep your glasses better protected. However, you will still have to wrap each one of them in packing paper. Do not place anything on top since the glasses are too fragile.
Flatware and serving utensils
Wrap trays in plastic wrapping and place them flat on the bottom of the box. Then wrap the serving utensils and put them on top of the tray in the box. Ensure you wrap knives with dish towels, secure them with rubber bands and pack them on their side and not facing up.
Use a small box to pack all your spices and wrap the glass jars with packing paper. Ensure everything in your pantry is tightly sealed before packing. If you have food items, toss the perishables and use plastic boxes for the other food items.
Use the original boxes to pack your appliances if you have them. If you are moving with large appliances like the fridge, unplug them early and ask your moving company to help you pack them since they are more fragile to move. Packing your kitchen may take time so give yourself adequate time to pack.