7 Tips for Packing Your Kitchen for a Move

One of the smartest tips you can follow when preparing for a big move, especially for an interstate one, is to pack by room. By doing so, you will be sure you can be more organized when packing which would also be a big help when you start unpacking in your new home.

When you begin packing your kitchen, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by this task.

This is because the kitchen is normally filled with various implements, furniture, appliances, and other fragile items of different types and sizes. As such, you have to be doubly careful when packing all these items so that nothing from your kitchen gets damaged throughout the moving process.

To be sure you prepare and pack everything in your kitchen properly for your big move, follow these tips shared by leading interstate removalists from Sydney:

1.    Prepare your packing supplies

To protect all your kitchen appliances and wares, you need to use the right packing materials. These should include:

  • Good quality boxes or cartons
  • Original box packaging or larger ones (if the original packaging is gone) for various appliances
  • Newspaper, print-free paper or acid-free tissue paper (for wrapping silverware and china)
  • Packing tape
  • Markers or pens
  • Padding materials such as bubble wrap, foam, tea towels, pillowcases, etc.

2.    Reduce the number of items you have to pack

When packing kitchen items, there is no point exerting effort to prep and move things if they are out of date or if you haven’t used them for years and have no plans of using them again.

As such, when it’s time to prepare all kitchen items, declutter and get rid of any unused items. This means throwing those expired bottles of spices or herbs and utensils that are simply gathering dust in the drawers.

Lastly, try to eat and cook as much of your fresh food supplies as you can. The fewer foods you have in the pantry and fridge, the less there is to pack.

 

3.    Pack items you do not use frequently first

Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, pack the items you don’t usually use first such as:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Dishes and other wares used for parties or special events
  • Bakeware and baking tools
  • Wine glasses
  • Decor such as pictures and wall hangings

4.    Start packing smaller appliances

Once you’re done with packing the items you don’t use regularly, start packing the blender, waffle maker, and other small or medium-sized appliances.

 

Make sure you clean and dry these appliances thoroughly before you disassemble them. Next, pack each component separately using bubble wrap or paper.

When putting the components in the box, place the heavier items at the bottom and the smaller, lighter ones on top. Make sure you fill up the remaining space between each component with wadded up newspaper. Place the appliance manual inside the box or and tape it outside.

5.    Be extra meticulous when packing breakables

When packing glassware, plates and other breakable items, put something non-breakable at the bottom of the box such as a metal baking tray to provide additional protection and support.

 

Stuff scrunched up paper inside each glass or cup before wrapping it in another layer of paper. Wine boxes are perfect containers for your best glasses.

 

For plates, wrap them up in newspaper or butcher’s paper. If you have some unused paper plates, place one in between stacked plates to prevent any scraping. When stacking them, place them on their sides to reduce stress on the centers of the plates.

Before sealing each box, place tea towels or pillowcases on top of the items for additional cushioning.

6.    Place pots and pans in bigger boxes

If you have lots of pots and pans of different sizes, use a bigger box for packing them.

Before packing pots and pans inside a box, add additional support at the bottom of the container as well. A metal tray is also perfect for this job. To save space, put the smaller pots inside the bigger ones. Make sure to put the largest items in the box first and stack the smaller pans on top. Again, to prevent scraping, put soft material in between each item.

In case some of your cooking wares that have glass lids, wrap these lids with bubble wrap first before packing them.

7.    Prepare your larger appliances

A day before your move, empty, clean, and dry your bigger appliances such as the fridge or gas range.

Follow the user’s manual and be careful when dissembling these appliances.

Keep in mind that improper preparation can lead to gas leaks, broken parts, and even irreparable damage. If you don’t feel confident about disassembling these appliances, call in a professional to help you with uninstalling or disassembling the stove or range, for instance.

As a final tip, make sure you seal and label all the boxes properly to avoid damage and to have an easier time unpacking them later.

If you are pressed for time, you can also ask your removalists to assist you with packing as they are the experts who can efficiently supervise and undertake to do the task. This way, the stress of moving day can be significantly reduced, and you will have more time to attend to important and/or last-minute details.

AUTHOR BIO

 

Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move

 

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