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An Easy Guide for Packing Up Your Kitchen
Moving into a new home is an exhilarating experience, but it can also be a stressful one if not adequately prepared. This is especially true when you pack a kitchen, which is often the most cluttered space in the home.
Some rooms are easy to pack in a few boxes. Others, like the kitchen, are more time-consuming. Aside from cookware and cutlery, you also need to pack some food and appliances. There are also fragile items that can get damaged during the move.
Read on to discover how you should pack your entire kitchen and make the moving process more manageable.
Get Rid of All Unnecessary Items
Your kitchen might contain many items you’re not using or eating.
Before you start packing, donate, sell or throw away any items you haven’t used in a while. As for food, if it’s opened or expired, toss it immediately. Purging will also reduce the weight of things to move and save you some money.
Prepare a Box of Essentials for After the Move
One of the most important things to do when you pack a kitchen is to have a box of essential items. The box should contain stuff you’ll need in the first days after you settle in your new home.
- Cleaning supplies
- Coffee Maker and coffee
- Unopened, non-perishable food items
- Towels and cloths
- An all-purpose knife
- Dishes and utensils for all family members
- An emergency kit
- Matches, candles, and flashlight
Mark the box as “kitchen essentials” to quickly find it among the other boxes.
Pack the Cooking Utensils, Dishes, and Glassware
When you pack a kitchen, be careful with handling dishes and glassware. You need to pack these either in bubble wrap or packing paper. To prevent them from moving around in the box, fill in empty spaces with packing peanuts.
Layer pots and pans starting with the largest one. Place newspaper sheets or packing paper on the bottom of the box and between each item to prevent scratches.
Pack the Appliances
Packing your appliances is the easiest part. Put them together in a bigger box rather than their original boxes. You’ll save on space and time as you won’t need to unpack them separately.
If you have appliances with glass containers (e.g., a coffee pot), wrap them in bubble wrap to prevent breakage.
Pack the Food
It’s usually not advisable to move food for long trips. However, depending on your moving location, you can move some unopened pantry items.
The rule of thumb for perishable foods (the ones you keep in the fridge and freezer) is to either eat them before the moving day, donate them, or toss them. You can move some opened pantry items by placing them in Ziploc bags.
Now You Know How to Pack a Kitchen for Your Next Move Easily!
Kitchens can be cluttered with everything from spices, food, utensils, and appliances you’ve collected over the years. Packing these things for a move takes time, but it can be easy with our guide!