The Kitchen Is an Awkward Thing to Pack Up. Here’s Some Tips to Make Sure All Grandmas Fine China Gets to The New House in One Piece
You’re excited about moving into your new house but it’s crucial not to let it get the best of your packing procedures. The way you pack, especially within the kitchen, can have a huge impact on the quality of your move. It’s the one area within your home that contains various breakables, and it’s imperative to pack every item properly. Don’t worry. It’s not as tedious as you think. You just need these tips to ensuring everything arrives in one piece.
Moving Kitchen Appliances in Their Original Boxes
Moving large kitchen appliances such as your fridge and stove is fairly easy despite being the heaviest of items. All you need is special moving equipment, such as a dolly and furniture blanket. However, smaller kitchen appliances such as your microwave, blender, microwave oven and toaster can be a little more difficult due to their odd shapes. Fortunately, if you have the original boxes, now is a great time to use them. Otherwise, you can use smaller moving boxes to pack each item individually as opposed to trying to stuff everything into one larger box.
Clean Everything Before You Pack
Cleaning will come to you like second nature by the time moving day arrives. It’s important to clean all of your belongings, especially your kitchen appliances, prior to putting them in boxes. These items often contain crumbs and food particles that will attract all kinds of bugs and pests. So, wipe them down before packing them up to keep pests away from your kitchen appliances – and new household.
Pack Dinnerware Separately
After hours upon hours of packing, you’ll be tempting to grab a long strip of newspaper to wrap around a stack of dinner plates. However, this is one surefire way to damage your belongings. Instead, take the time to individually wrap every plate, cup, bowl, and china pieces to ensure everything remains in one piece.
Additionally, you’ll want to use a sturdy box to transport your dinnerware and to also fill the voids with extra packing materials.
Stack Your Pots and Pans
By now, you’re likely starting to realize the plethora of shapes and sizes that make up your kitchen – and the hassle it takes to pack them. For items such as pots and pans, stack them prior to packing them. Start with the largest at the bottom of the box and work your way through until the smallest is at the top. This allows you to get more use from the space which is key to keeping your moving costs low. Then, fill the empty spaces with packing materials and individually wrap the lids.
Separate Perishable from Non-Perishable
If you’re using a moving truck to transport your belongings, it’s imperative to understand what can and cannot be moved in the truck itself. Perishable items and open food containers are two things that cannot. So, it’s important to separate these items from the non-perishable food items that can go in the moving truck.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to do. You just need some sturdy boxes and a bit of a strategy. Line the bottom of the boxes with the heaviest of items, such as cans or large food boxes. Then, build your way up to the top with lighter items, such as bags of spice blends.
Then, separate and clearly label the perishable from the non-perishable.
Before you know it, your kitchen will be completely packed and ready to be moved into your new home. If you’re unsure about your packing skills, take advantage of professional packers who can do it right to ensure everything arrives in one piece.