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The kitchen is the hub of daily life, serving as the primary location for the preparation of meals as well as for socializing with friends and family. The kitchen, arguably the most essential room in the house, has drawers, cabinets, and closets packed to capacity. Packing the kitchen when moving can seem overwhelming. You can efficiently pack your kitchen for your household move with a sound packing plan and the right supplies.
Before you get started, ensure you have all the supplies you need. You’ll want a range of boxes to accommodate everything from the largest pot to the daintiest dessert cup. Collect plenty of packing materials, like packing paper, cardboard, and bubble wrap, to protect your dishes. Of course, you’ll also need scissors, packing tape with a handheld dispenser, and a thick marker to label boxes correctly.
Sort and Purge
Packing your kitchen is the perfect time to take inventory of what you have. If you discover plates, pans, or utensils stashed at the back of your drawers that you’re not using, now is a great time to eliminate them. Create a donation box for kitchen supplies you no longer use or want.
Pack an Essentials Box
Just as you would pack essentials for the first night in your new place, you’ll want to create an essentials kitchen box for your first few days in the kitchen. Remember to pack supplies you’ll need right away to start making meals. A simple set of silverware, paper towels, paper plates, a sharp knife, and a versatile pot or pan should get you through two or three nights.
Order of Operations
You’ll want to think about what you use in your kitchen. Take the items you don’t use frequently and pack them first. Usually, you can pack away small appliances, cookbooks, dessert trays and pans, fine china, and wine glasses. You can also box any specialty cooking items, extra towels, or cooking mittens ahead of your move.
Cabinets, Shelves, and Drawers
Work through each cabinet, shelf, and drawer for the next packing phase. Remember to protect any delicate or breakable items with bubble wrap, and try not to make boxes so heavy their structure is compromised. Be sure to safely wrap sharp objects to protect yourself and prevent them from poking through boxes.
When packing your dishes, use an appropriately sized box and plenty of packing material to protect fragile plates. Line bowls with bubble wrap or newspaper to protect them, even if you plan to nest them within each other. Talk to your mover about dish packing kits, which have reinforced cardboard and often come with spacers to put between your dishware.
Pots and Pans
Lastly, pack big and bulky items like your pots and pans. Pots and pans typically need a larger box to accommodate the bulky handles. To save space, try stacking pots and pans within one another. Be mindful of stacking non-stick pans together, though. Use a layer of paper to protect the non-stick surface.
Packing and moving your house takes plenty of proper planning and patience. To make the task easier, look to professional movers for help. Contact us today for a quote on your next move, and let us do the heavy lifting.