How to pack and move small appliances

When you’re getting ready to relocate to a new place and start your new life, you want that your move goes without problems. However, damage and breakages appear regularly when people are moving. Knowing a few packing tricks can help you enormously. Things that break most commonly are definitely the small kitchen and other appliances. To avoid losing them all together and to secure that your move goes without a problem you need to learn how to pack and move small appliances.

These are small electronic or mechanical devices that are used to help you in standard home chores. For instance, to keep your apartment clean or to enable you to prepare food more easily. You’ve probably realized by now that we’re talking about toaster ovens, waffle irons, microwave ovens, etc. However, even hairdryers, vacuum cleaners, and sewing machines can be prone to breakages, so we will address them too.

Materials that you’ll need to secure safe packing and transport of your small home appliances

These are things that you will definitely need if you want to securely pack and move small appliances, whether you’re moving a business with an expert’s help, or by yourself. They’re not expensive and you can find them in almost every hardware or moving appliances store.

  • Original boxes of the appliances – If you don’t have original ones, moving boxes in appropriate sizes will do the job
  • Bubble pack or some kind of foam
  • Packing paper
  • Duct tape or shipping tape
  • A thick alcoholic marker
Duct tape.
Duct tape is essential when trying to pack and move small home appliances.

Organization is key

If you want to be a conscientious packer, you need to think ahead. Organize all the small appliances so you can unpack them as soon as you move. If you’re like most people, you’ll want coffee first thing in the morning after relocating to a distant location with professional help. To be sure that you know in which box kettle is located, pack smartly.

Gather all the small appliances that you’ll need after the move in one place. If you can, pack all of them into one single box. If you pack them in separate boxes, be sure to label them clearly so you can recognize these boxes to unpack them first.

Prepare your appliances by cleaning and drying them

Packing your kitchen is not easy, but if you maintain your machines, you will be able to utilize them right away. Be sure to clean your small appliances before you pack them. You can wipe down any of them with a soapy cloth, and then dry it with a towel. If your appliances have unusual or hardcore stains, baking soda can help you with that. Also, be sure to know how to clean your machines. For instance, individual parts of a blender, like a gasket ring and a locking ring should be wiped down and not submerged in water.

Disassemble small appliances

One thing that will help you a lot when you’re trying to pack and move small appliances is to disassemble them. This, of course, should be done before cleaning and drying of them. Carefully remove all the loose parts from the parent appliance. For instance, from the food processor, you want to remove slicing and shredding blades. Be sure to pack and wrap the bowl and the lid separately, but keep them with the food processor once they’re packed. Professionals from say that one thing that people constantly forget is to remove the tray from the microwave. There are countless cases where it shattered the glass door during the transport.

Find as many small boxes as you can

Small kitchen appliances ideally should be packed in their original boxes. This will ensure a snug fit and it will minimalize the chances of damage. Box that is too large will allow appliances to shift and move inside of it during the move, and that’s not something that you’d want.

On the other hand, if you can’t find any of the original boxes in which appliances came, sturdy small or medium-sized boxes should do the trick, so add them to the moving checklist. You can put a few gadgets in one small box. Don’t put just a few of them in big boxes as they will smash into each other and you’ll end up with no appliances at all. It’s a better idea to put smaller boxes inside of big ones. An extra layer of cardboard will give you even more clearance.

When taping the boxes, be sure to do it bottom flaps shut. If you have pre-assembled boxes, be sure to do this step anyway. Over time, the tape can degrade and lose its strength, so eventually, the whole box can fall apart.

Prepare the appliances

Appliances that you use on regular bases can have leftover liquids or batteries inside of them. Remove all the batteries and clean everything up. For instance, be sure to empty all the water from the steam iron and dry it out before you pack it. Water can leak and make damage to your other gadgets.

Steaming iron on a t-shirt.
Empty all the water from the steaming iron as it can damage other devices if it leaks.

Wrap everything up

The best way to pack and move small appliances like toaster ovens is to wrap them in packing tape, and then seal it with tape. When packing bigger devices, like microwaves, use paper padding. This wrapping will protect them from eventual bumps, dents, and scratches.

When you’re packing them up, wrap the chords around the units. If you let chords to be loose they can scratch other appliances.

Pack everything in the boxes

If you have several small appliances, you can fill the moving boxes with multiple of them. Be sure to put the heaviest ones on the bottom of the box, and lighter on top of it.

Fill nooks and crannies when trying to pack and move small appliances

For this, you can use crumpled paper. Alternatively, packing peanuts can do the job too. Filling all of these nooks is important as it won’t let devices to move around inside the sealed boxes. This is important and it helps massively to prevent breakages from happening.

Packing foam.
Be sure to fill all the nooks and crannies with packing foam or crumpled paper.

Seal the boxes and label them

This is the final and most satisfactory step of how to pack and move small appliances. Everything that is left to do is to seal the boxes along with the flaps with the packing tape. And after that to label them properly. Don’t forget to write the word fragile on anything that should be handled with care.


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