Packing maybe doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but just wait until you get to the kitchen. With all those appliances, dishes, fragile glassware and thousands other miscellaneous, packing your kitchen will certainly be one of the most time-consuming moving tasks. It can easily get very overwhelming, so hiring packing and unpacking services from your movers is always a good idea. On the other hand, if you’re determined to conquer it on your own, here are some tips which will help you pack your kitchen a little bit easier.
Things to do BEFORE packing your kitchen for the move
If will be great if we can just close our eyes and our entire household is magically transported in our new home. Such happy ending everybody who is the main character of the relocation story desire. Someday that may become reality, but for now, the next best thing is hiring some Mississippi moving company to do the heavy lifting instead of us.
However, some people don’t like strangers to touch their things so they opt out to pack their home themselves. If you are a part of this group, prepare yourself for a lot of hard work and a lot of stress. Still, you can just throw out your household items into the boxes. Preparation is required, especially when you’re packing your kitchen. Taking these steps in necessary when you have this task upon you.
Get kitchen packing supplies
Quantity of packing supplies you will need will be important, but when it comes to packing your kitchen filled with breakables, the quality is more important.
You will be needing:
- Sturdy moving boxes – For the kitchen of the average size, you will need to get around 20-25 strong medium boxes. Dosing dish boxes is always recommendable – the double layer of corrugated cardboard makes them much stronger than standard cardboard boxes. Appliances should be packed in their original packaging or boxes of suitable size.
- Packing paper – When packing breakables, always use the clean white paper for wrapping them. The newspaper will leave the ink stain which can cause damages to your items. The packing paper will come in handy also in filling empty spaces between the items once you place them in the boxes.
- Plastic wrap with bubbles – Nothing provide better protection to glassware and breakables than this protective wrapping.
- A lot of duck/packing tape to close the boxes securely
- Quality waterproof markers for labeling the boxes
Sort out items before packing your kitchen
We don’t even realize how many unnecessary things when have until the packing time arrive. That especially applies to the kitchen area. Go through every cabinet and counter, check all the drawers. Separate the broken mugs, glasses or dishes.
Those items should go at the pile of things that you won’t be relocating to your new home. Along with all the other kitchen items that you even forgot that you have. If you can remember using it in the past six months to a year, you probably won’t use it again. There’s no need to move it and make clutter in your new kitchen. If you have some valuable china which you no longer like, you can sell your belongings online and earn some money from your move.
Take this chance to get rid of everything that was only collecting dust and bring only the items which you will actually use in the future. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of any unwanted or worthless kitchen stuff so that your new kitchen becomes tidier and more practical than the old one.
Declutter your pantry
Once you decide which kitchen items you’ll be packing, it’s time to tackle your pantry. Toss out anything past or near the expiration date. Surely there are expiration dates you shouldn’t pay attention to, however, get rid of all of them. Not because it’s not safe to eat, but because it will increase the weight of your shipment.
The more things you have, the larger your moving cost will be, so there’s no reason to bring food witch you can buy anywhere. Only food supplies you should take are the expensive ingredients (like truffles, special oils, caviar, wine) and the exotic ones that you can find on every store.
Proper techniques for packing your kitchen items
Once you have everything prepared, you can start packing your kitchen.
Certainly, different things require slightly different packing techniques:
- Clean and dry the appliance
- Remove smaller parts and fragile items (like glass bowls)
- Wrap the fragile pieces in protective material
- Use a double layer of packing paper to wrap the metal or plastic pieces
- Put the appliance in the original packaging or the box of suitable size
- Stack the lighter, smaller pieces on top
- Close the lid and wrap the box extensively with packing tape
- Place two layers of plastic wrapping with bubbles or packing paper on the bottom of the box
- Wrap each piece with a thin layer of packing paper
- Stack them one at a time in the box with adding an extra layer of wrap or paper in between every three dishes
- Extremely fragile items (wine glasses or coffee mugs) wrap individually in layers of plastic wrapping.
- Sort your silverware according to type
- Wrap each type with a piece of string or rubber band
- Place all of the silverware in a shoebox and tape the box with packing tape
- Wrap your kitchen utensils and miscellaneous with a single layer of packing paper
- Tuck the pieces into other boxes to fill up the last bit of unused space
- For heavier items, use a small packing box