Packing your kitchen when moving is the most dreaded task when moving. Fragile and irregularly shaped items must be packed carefully. There are also many odds and ends to deal with, which can throw off even the most organized packer.
To pack efficiently, make sure to pack dishes securely and utilize space for oddly shaped items and larger appliances.
Heading into the kitchen without a plan will lead to frustration and mistakes. However, you can simplify the packing process by being creative and planning.
Step-by-Step Kitchen Packing Guide
Here are some practical kitchen packing hacks for a simplified and seamless move:
Before you start packing, make a plan to organize your things. Review and separate your items into “keep” and “donate” piles, just like with any other room in the house.
Take this opportunity to declutter your kitchen items. Only keep what you will pack for your new home.
Give away any unnecessary kitchen items that are still in good condition to family, friends, or charities.
Get the Necessary Packing Materials or Supplies
For best results in packing your kitchen items, use different types and sizes of heavy-duty moving boxes, packing tape, packing paper, and labeling markers. Specialty dividers for stacking and packing will make the job easier.
Plastic wrap helps retain stacked items and prevents movement during the move.
You’ll likely need more kitchenware packing supplies than you think. A family-sized kitchen would need three extra-large boxes, five large ones, ten medium-sized boxes, and five small ones. About three rolls of packing paper are also needed.
Remember, every kitchen is different, so you may need more supplies, but these are the essentials.
Set Aside a Few Essentials
To be prepared for packing, make sure to pack all kitchen items except for plates, knives, and spoons. Keep these frequently used items separate or make a note of what you’ll need before and after moving.
Each family member should have their own set of utensils, a cup, and a plate. Also, set aside bowls, a dish towel, a sponge, dish soap, and other cleaning items. Pack these essentials in a separate box on a moving day.
Begin the Packing
Once you have everything you need in place, you’ll begin the packing process. Here’s how to handle the different types of items in your kitchen:
- Stemware and Glasses: Pack fragile glassware in specially designed dividers in standard boxes. Wrap them in packing paper for extra protection. Avoid stacking anything on top to prevent damage.
- Bowls and Plates: Stack your plates and bowls for more efficient use of space. All the breakable materials must be wrapped first, then pieces of packing paper between them. Use the plastic wrap to keep the stacks together, then pack odds and ends in the space around the bowls and plates.
- Pots and Pans: A medium or large box is ideal. Start by stacking the pans in size order with packing paper between them. Use dish towels or more packing paper to prevent movement. Wrap the glass lids with packing paper before packing them.
- Serving Utensils and Flatware: To pack serving utensils and flatware, wrap them in a tray secured with plastic wrap, then place them flat in a box. You can then place the extra serving and cooking utensils on top, wrapped in some packing paper to avoid scratching and marring during transport.
- Knives: Each knife should be rolled in packing paper and secured it with a rubber band. This will protect the knife blade and keep it from cutting or scratching other items in the box. Ensure the knives are always on their side–not facing up.
- Food Items: Pack the spice cabinet by wrapping glass jars in paper and storing them in a small box. Pack the pantry by checking dates and discarding expired or unnecessary items. Consider donating unwanted non-perishable food. Seal and pack dry food in bags or boxes. Keep perishables in a cooler. Give perishable food to friends, family, or neighbors if moving out of state. Some food banks may accept perishable donations.
- Appliances: Store appliances in original boxes or separate boxes with packing paper if original boxes are not available. Disconnect and remove hoses from large appliances and close doors. A moving company can help with the remaining tasks and provide special boxes if needed.
You’re in Safe Hands
Packing up your kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you plan and use the appropriate materials. With the above packing tips for your kitchen, you’re in a position to ensure a seamless move.
Pack N Move provides packing materials for kitchen organization. Whether you choose to pack on your own or enlist our services, we are here to assist you.