6 Practical Tips When Packing Your Kitchen for the Move

Relocating from one home to another is not a simple task. No one wants to get their furniture destroyed, forget something, or spend an abnormal amount of time lost in piles of stuff that needs to be transported. Packing your kitchen for the move is even more sensitive since many items can get damaged in the process. Here is some advice you could use to do this part of the relocation in a time-saving yet effective way.

1.      Packing your kitchen requires some packing materials

Before any packing process can commence, it is essential to acquire some materials to put all your stuff in. As we all know, the kitchen is full of items that differ greatly one from another as do their packing requirements. Although every person’s idea about what belongs in the kitchen is unique, here are some important characteristics of kitchenware you should consider when collecting packing materials:

  • Breakables. You should pack the items made of glass, porcelain, and other materials that are easily broken in a way that they are immobilized within the containers. For example, the chances are a glass with some free-roaming space in the transportation box is more likely to break. Also, they shouldn’t be in direct contact with other items. Think of the stuff you could use to fill out blank spaces in their containers and isolate them from other items.
  •  Large items. Big pots and wide pans as well as some larger serving plates need boxes of adequate size. It’s a good idea to identify the biggest piece of kitchenware you have and get your packing supplies of appropriate dimensions.
  • Leaky stuff. Liquids and grainy supplies should be secured properly in order not to destroy other items if the leaking does occur. Think of the materials you could use to prevent this sort of kitchen packing incidents.
Caption: Take special care of your breakables by wrapping them separately Alt-tag: A person using a bubble wrap when packing a plate

2.      Don’t forget to set aside eating utensils you will need before moving in

Several days may pass from the moment you start wrapping up your kitchen until you are able to use it again. If you don’t find a way to speed up the relocation, you are looking at some noticeable time without dining essential. Bear in mind you will need to eat and drink during that time, so set aside all required for that. Our advice is that you choose to put aside only the absolute necessities. One cup, a set of cutlery and a plate per person will do. If you can’t use your kitchen, you don’t need pots or pans either.

3.      Solid planning and sorting can cut the kitchen packing time in half

Time is a precious commodity one should never waste. When we start taking emptying the drawers and cabinets, most of us are surprised by how much we have accumulated over the years. This can easily turn into a never-ending walk down the memory lane you don’t have time for. We suggest that you sit down first and make a list of groups of items you are about to pack and in what order. Approaching the kitchen boxing up this way will save you from making unnecessary chaos as well. You could also hire Fit 2 Move, the professionals that will help you make a good relocation plan that is acceptable for your budget and fits all your needs.

Caption: Good planning will make packing your kitchen for the move stress-free and efficient Alt-tag: A person holding a pen next to a piece of paper with a headline “A PLAN” written on it

4.      Use this opportunity to declutter as well

As we mentioned before, it is no secret that people collect all sorts of stuff over the years. Now that you are already going through your belongings due to kitchen packing up for relocation, you could also do a little audit. Decluttering has multiple beneficial effects, both psychological and practical. You could start by taking two boxes – one for the items you will throw away and one for those you can pass on to people who could use them. As for the items you are keeping, they will end up in containers in accordance with their transportation requirements. You may run into some interesting pieces you no longer have the use for, yet you cannot think of anyone you could give them to. In this case, a yard sale can be a good way to dispose of them. Besides, you could make some money in the process. Anyhow, give some serious thought to how many pieces of a certain type of kitchenware you need. There is a good chance you will realize a lot of what you own is unnecessary.

5.      Perishables need special care and accommodation

Unlike other stuff, food is time-sensitive and might not survive the move. It could be worth your while to take certain steps to cut the losses here. First, review the contents of your fridge and freezer. There’s no need to take it all, especially half-eaten leftovers. You could eat them first before opening newly bought food that has a better chance of surviving in its vacuumed state. Feeding the stray animals with the leftovers we don’t want is a good idea too. It would be both gratifying and effective. As for the food you want to keep, opt for the containers that have the thermal insulating abilities. Vacuum seal containers and insulated delivery bags are a better choice than cardboard and plastic ones.

Finally, wrapping up your kitchen for transport and the moving process can be more time-consuming than you thought. It could be wise to ask friends and family to accommodate some of your food. After all, wasting food is not recommendable for multiple reasons, no matter what your financial situation is.

Caption: The food you intend to take with you should be placed in proper containers Alt-tag: Various items of food sorted and packed in vacuum seal containers

6.      Big kitchen elements come last

In the end, when you prepare the smaller elements for transport, it’s time to wrap up the big stuff. Although the professionals will know what to do with appliances to keep them in good condition during this process, you could do a few things if you like. There usually aren’t big enough boxes for some kitchen elements. Try wrapping them in plastic foil or bubble wrap. This will serve as protection from scratches. The bigger the appliance the more likely it is it will not be replaced soon, so some extra care when wrapping it for the kitchen relocation is recommended.

Final comments

Even though packing your kitchen for the move can be a complicated task, there’s no need to worry. Get the right packing materials and make an action plan. Give away those old glasses you neither use nor like and ask a friend for some freezer space for your food. Use our advice to make this process stress free and relocate your kitchen like a pro.

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