The kitchen is the hardest of all the rooms you have to pack up when moving. It is full of solid, odd-shaped objects, from tableware to small appliances and food and drinks. You must worry about most of these things until moving day.
So, where do you start? To tackle this overwhelming task, you need a game plan. Here is how to pack kitchen items for moving:
1. Assemble your kitchen packing material
Like all jobs, you need tools for the task ahead of you. In the case of packing up your kitchen, it’s going to take various packing supplies. You will need:
- Boxes: These can be dedicated moving boxes or fruit boxes from the grocery store. Get several sizes to fit all manner of items in your kitchen.
- Packing Paper: Newspaper is easy to come by and works well. You can also buy packing paper or use a material you have collected from various sources.
- Packing Tape: This is mandatory for sealing boxes and securing packing material around breakables.
- Markers: You need to be organized when you pack boxes, and labelling makes your life easier because you can identify what is inside each box.
2. Make an essentials cupboard
Packing can be a frenzy, and if you start shoving things into boxes without thinking about your current day today, you could be left without some essentials before the move. Pick one corner of a cupboard and dedicate this as your kitchen essentials area.
Included in the cupboard is enough tableware for your family to use until moving day. Everyone needs a plate, cup, utensils and a few mugs for hot drinks. One pot and pan should keep you going and maybe your coffee maker. Add some soap, a dish towel, and other daily items. Everything else can be packed ahead of time.
Having a working kitchen with the bare minimum equipment is necessary, and then when moving day arrives, you can easily put it all in a box or tote and take it with you. It may also be needed on the other end for the first day.
3. Sort and simplify kitchen items
Moving is a great time to assess what you need to run your household. We accumulate lots of stuff, and it easily gets lost in the back of cupboards. As you bring everything out to pack, sort it into areas of must-haves and don’t-needs.
This kitchen culling is kinda fun. You may have a laugh or two as you find things you thought were vital that turned out to be forgotten. Consider the condition of these unnecessary things to see if you should sell them, donate them or toss them. You will also have less to pack and less to find room for at your new place.
4. Get started on packing
It can be overwhelming, but you’ll be amazed at how fast it will go once you start. Work your way through the cupboards and drawers, starting with heavier items at the bottom of boxes. Half fill them and top them off with lighter stuff, so they aren’t too heavy.
Pots and pans don’t need to be wrapped up as they easily stack in a box. Odds and ends can be snuggly fit in the open areas, so they can’t move around. Plates should be stacked with protective layers of light cardboard or tea towels. Fill the voids with packing paper or other wrapped items like mugs and bowls.
Take special care with glassware as they break easily. Consider getting liquor boxes with divers that suit the size of cups, wine glasses and tumblers. Wrap your entire flatware tray in plastic wrap to become one unit. Then it can go directly into a box and become the base for lighter material.
5. Pack kitchen food items
Your food needs to go to your new place, so try to use what you can as you get closer to your moving date, so there is less to haul. Dry goods should go in separate boxes and be packed ahead of time, but keep out food that you will use up before the big day.
Use a small box for all your spices, so they stay together. You can weave packing paper around the bottles or slide-in plastic spice packs as a buffer for glass jars. Save your fridge items for moving day and have a strong box or rubber tote for all the heavy items.
This is a good opportunity to check due dates on things. Toss out expired food items and use up any stuff, closing in on the best before date.
6. Pack counter appliances
You may have several appliances like a coffee machine, mixer and toaster that need to go with you. If you saved their original packaging, then you are a master mover. Otherwise, use heavy-duty boxes and stuff towels around to keep them stable.
Moving is stressful, but your day will go much smoother if you have a plan. Use these kitchen packing tips to keep all your essential kitchen items intact and readily available in your new home.