The kitchen is probably the most difficult room for moving. That is why it is important to be very systematic when it comes to its packing. Here you will find some tips on how to pack your kitchen before the move.
When you pack your kitchen for the move, try to alleviate the number of items
Moving many items that you do not actually need anymore is not a smart thing to do. Now is the time to declutter. Throw away every chipped plate, bowl or glass. Maybe it’s time for you to change your old kitchen towels or tablecloths. However, if you are not planning on changing your kitchen linen, they could be used to protect some fragile items during the move. Get rid of the utensils that you haven’t used in the last 12 months. That means you do not really need them in your new kitchen either.
Food is very sensitive to temperature changes and that is why it is tricky for relocation. Make a thorough meal plan for the last several days in your old home and try to use the food items that you have in your fridge or freezer. Do not forget to take some time to clean the house before you move, so the fridge and freezer should be on that list a few days prior to your move. Pantry food is usually easier to deal with since it does not spoil easily. Be practical and think about the prices of the items you are moving. Sometimes it happens that the cost of moving a food item is greater than what the item is worth itself.
Collect the packing materials
To pack your kitchen properly, you need to find packing materials to pack your items. Don’t even start without:
- Boxes (various sizes)
- Sealing tape
- Wrapping paper
- Padding material (kitchen towels can be very handy when you pack your kitchen)
- Labels and/or markers
Establish the order of packing
The hierarchy of packing goes from the least used to the items we cannot function without. Start by packing the kitchen decorations. Make sure your vases and crystal items are well protected before you put them in a box. Always put the heaviest items at the bottom of a box and lighter and softer in the upper half. Move on to the small appliances, cookware, and utensils that you do not use on a daily basis. You can pack your party dishes, serving plates, mixing bowls, cookbooks, etc. However, leave a plate or two for each family member and you should do the same with cutlery. Plus, leave an all-purpose pan or pot so you can prepare your meals before you move to your new kitchen.
If you are moving with a pet, don’t forget to leave their favorite bowl unpacked and don’t buy economy packs of pet food before you move since they will be more expensive to relocate than to buy.
Prepare your appliances for the move
This is a very important step when you pack your kitchen. Don’t forget to switch off the bigger appliances at least 24 hours prior to the move and be very careful when moving a gas stove or a fridge. You don’t need any gas leaks or broken handles in your old or your new kitchen.