How to pack your kitchen for relocation
Some say that packing your kitchen is the hardest thing to do when you are moving. You have to pack all the small items, empty all the cupboards and drawers, food items such as spices also have to be packed, and the list just goes on. What makes it even harder is that all the items are of different sizes. And probably the worst part about the kitchen is that you can’t throw away a lot of things as you will need them and use them in your new home. And the things that you don’t need, you can’t sell. Kitchen appliances are not something you buy secondhand. But we are here to help you by telling you how you can pack your kitchen for relocation the best way possible.
The supplies that you need to pack your kitchen for relocation
The supplies needed for packing your kitchen are similar to the ones you need to pack the rest of your home so it won’t be hard to find them. It is important that you gather the best supplies possible. Kitchen appliances are expensive, delicate and breakable. You definitely don’t want them to be ruined. Not even if you are moving locally, but especially not if you are moving long distance.
- Big cardboard boxes – for lightweight items and hard to pack items
- Medium cardboard boxes – for heavier items
- Wrapping paper – for wrapping breakable items to protect them from damage
- Cell kits – use for glasses, bottles, etc.
- Packing peanuts – to fill the empty space left in the box for extra security
- Packing tape – to secure and close the boxes
- Labels and markers – to label the boxes for easier unpacking
Prepare an essentials box
Essentials box should contain the things that you need for the last two days in the old home and the first two days in the new home. It should include cutlery, plates, bowls, dish towel, soap. Anything that you use on a daily basis should be in this box. Once you’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time for you to pack the rest of your kitchen for relocation. Remember to always have an essentials box, even if you have to pack in a hurry.
Where to start when you need to pack your kitchen for relocation?
Start by packing the items that you don’t use that often. Those are usually food storage containers, cookbook, small appliances, such as mixers and blenders, dish towels, dishcloths, and oven mitts, special utensils, such as barbecue tongs, meat mallets, ladles, and spatulas. Doing this allows you to much easily decide what you don’t and what you do need. Ask around where and if you can, donate some items that you don’t need.
It is also the most logical way to pack your kitchen for relocation. Label the box and put it to the side. Remember to pack all the items nicely. Wrap each piece individually into wrapping paper if needed and fill the rest of the box with packing peanuts. This adds extra safety.
Packing dishes is the one thing that you should take your time with. Mugs, glasses, plates, bowls and other dishes are breakable so if you are moving them you want to be extra careful when packing. You should wrap each dish individually with wrapping paper and secure it with packing tape. This way even if it brakes, the pieces won’t be all over the box and won’t potentially ruin the other stuff inside. Put the dishes into smaller or medium boxes. Smaller and medium boxes are sturdier. And when you are carrying heavy items in a big box you are just risking to get yourself hurt. Don’t forget to use the cell kits when packing your glasses. These little things don’t seem like much but they sure help keep your glasses in one piece.
If you feel like you need help with packing ask family members or friends. Also, you can consider hiring professionals who can pack and unpack you. A lot of people these days seem to be doing just that, so why shouldn’t you?
Pack your pantry
Now that you’ve got the dishes out of the way it is time to pack up your pantry. Usually, you will find food items in peoples pantries. So spices, canned goods, cereals, cooking supplies, etc. The one thing you shouldn’t move is canned goods. There is no need to spend your energy and boxes for packing them. Simply either eat them while you still can or give them to someone who might need them more than you do. Remember to tape all the opened items so as to avoid everything getting messy. When your Moving of America – NJ Movers arrive and it is time to pack up the boxes into the truck, tell them not to pack the boxes with food items. That’s only if you are traveling by car to your new home. Keeping food items in a truck where dozens of boxes that have been on the floor are isn’t a very good idea. But if you aren’t going by car then you have no choice. Which means you have to wrap the boxes with foil.
Pack the appliances
This should be done at least 24 hours in advance. If you don’t prepare your appliances for the move properly, there might be some gas leaks and broken parts which you definitely don’t want to happen. Make sure you secure them well. Read the manual if you aren’t sure how to do it. After all, it isn’t so easy to pack up your kitchen.