Tips For Packing Your Kitchen For A Move

Posted on: 10 March 2017

Moving to a new home takes a lot of organization and work. The kitchen is probably the hardest room of all to move since it contains so many individual items. If you don't have a lot of time to pack, consider letting your mover pack for you so none of your valuables are damaged during the move. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, pack the rest of your home yourself and let your mover do the kitchen. If you want to pack your kitchen yourself, here are a few tips that might help.

Separate The Essentials

Don't wait until the last minute to start packing or you may not have time to do a good job. You can start early by packing the things you don't use very often. Select a few essentials you'll need to use every day such as a dinner setting with utensils, glasses, bowls, and plates for each member of the family. Also, save a couple of multi-purpose pans and serving bowls. This allows you to keep cooking the basics while you pack everything else. Pack your essentials in a separate box so you can pull them out and be ready to prepare a meal as soon as you arrive at your new home.

Buy The Proper Supplies

Your mover will probably have all kinds of moving supplies you can buy. You definitely want strong boxes for your kitchen items. You'll need bubble wrap, towels for padding, packing tape, boxes with cells to hold individual glasses, and a marker to identify contents of all the boxes. Since so many kitchen items are breakable, you'll want to make sure they are padded well. Each individual glass and plate needs to be separated with bubble wrap or paper so they don't vibrate against each other in the moving truck and break. Place things like your toaster oven and microwave in their original boxes with Styrofoam protectors if you still have them. If not, stuff towels and bubble wrap in the box so the appliance doesn't shift around when the box is carried.

Get Rid Of Your Food

Start planning how to dwindle your food supply about a month before you move. You can give canned food to a food pantry and frozen food to your friends or family if you don't eat it. Find out what kind of food is permitted on the moving truck. Perishables won't be allowed because there is no way to keep them cold on the truck. Canned food is acceptable, but it may be easier to leave it behind and replace it once you get to your new home. If you move food in glass bottles, such as wine or expensive oils, then wrap them well in bubble wrap and pack them so they don't roll against each other when the box is moved. Be sure to mark the box as fragile. You'll want to empty your refrigerator and freezer a few days before the move so you can clean them and allow them to air dry completely. You want the appliances to be as clean as possible or they may develop a bad odor when they are closed up on the truck for a few days without electricity.

Although you might not like having boxes sitting around for a few weeks before you move, starting early is the best way to stay organized and pack your fragile belongings properly. It takes a lot of work to pack, but you'll be glad you made the effort to do it right when you get to your new home. With all your kitchen supplies labeled and protected, you'll be able to get your new kitchen running much more easily. Contact a company like Checkmate Moving & Storage for more tips.