Breakable item after breakable item, the kitchen is one of the areas of a home that takes more brain power when trying to pack all the kitchenware and appliances. Take a breather, because it’s not rocket science, but it does take some planning and proper packing supplies to get you ready to go.
For an average size kitchen, you will need the following packing supplies:
5 Large boxes for lightweight items. Example: dish racks, baking tins, small appliances, plastic kitchenware
10 Medium boxes for heavier items. Example: pots and pans, silverware, cookbooks, small appliances
5 Dish boxes with cell kits for fragile, breakable items. Example: china, glassware
Tissue paper is softer than newsprint, used for wrapping very delicate items; also provides cushioning and fills in small spaces when packing fragile figurines and china.
Bubble wrap which is plastic packing material made up of hundreds of tiny “air cushions” or bubbles used to over-wrap small, delicate items after they are wrapped in tissue.
Marker is used to label boxes with contents and destination in new location; mark boxes “fragile” and “this side up” when appropriate.
Packing tape to seal your boxes.
Don’t pack with used food or supermarket boxes. You don’t know if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions and who knows what critter is hiding. Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…
Segregate items you are moving with you, donating or selling. This will keep you organized and less frazzled since you know where things are going.
Set Aside a Box of Essential Kitchen Items
This will be the things that you will need in your last two days before a move and the first things you need in your new home. Make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck. These are items such as cutlery, glasses, plates, food items, cooking pot, dishtowels, dishrag, towels, dish soap or sponge.
Messiest to Messy
Dive your hands into the messiest kitchen shelves and drawers then work your way to the rest of the shelves and drawers.
Pack cookbooks flat so you do not destroy the spine. Keep the books that you use more often on the top.
Glass Bottles and Dishware
Wrap the dishware and bottles in tissue paper and use the boxes with the cell kits. When there is extra space in each cell, use the tissue paper to fill in the gaps to keep each item secured.
Double check that opened food packaged boxes are sealed with tape. Get rid of perishable items from the freezer and refrigerator before moving so it does not get spoiled during long distance moves. But if the move is close by, this won’t be a concern.
Consult the users manual or a professional when moving large appliances such as a refrigerator and stove so you know how to disconnect the items properly.
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