Helpful Tips on How to Pack a Kitchen When Moving Home
If you’re about to move house and you’re undertaking the packing yourself then it can seem as if a mammoth task lies ahead! For starters, you’ll probably have a bit of a purge of your possessions to declutter, spend longer than necessary trying to figure out how many boxes you’ll need, and have an existential crisis over parting with an ugly plant pot gifted from great aunt Freeda – what if she visits and sees it’s missing?!
One of the most challenging rooms in the house to pack is the kitchen – you’ll likely be using your culinary possessions right up until the move (you need to drink and eat from something). So, what should you take into consideration when packing your kitchen for a stress-free move?
Follow These Easy Steps: Pack Your Kitchen Like A Professional
Take Stock Of The Situation and Group Like Items
The kitchen is full of all sorts of wonders – from a pantry that’s bursting at the seams to 5 different sets of dinnerware. It’s important to review your kitchen and group like items together before you begin packing. Throw out expired food and give any in-date items you don’t want to take with you to a local food bank. Separate different items into clusters; small electrical appliances, dinnerware, silverware, glassware and mugs, utensils, pots and pans and food items. Once you’ve gotten rid of everything you don’t want to take with you, you can start packing.
It All Boils Down To The Essentials
Moving can be a bit stressful at times and there’s one thing sure to calm your nerves; a nice hot cup of tea! So think about what you’ll need just before and after the move itself. Getting the kettle on to boil straight away will help your new pad feel like home. It’s worth reserving one box and some packing material for kitchen essentials. Keep back the kettle, teabags some mugs, a couple of glasses, and a set of cutlery for each person in the house as well as some cleaning supplies. Label the box clearly as “Kitchen Survival Kit” so you’ll know which box you need to crack open right away when you arrive in your new home.
Get The Right Packing Gear
Packing a kitchen requires a bit more care than most items in the house so gather your packing materials before you kick off the kitchen fun. For a family sized kitchen, gather together 5 large boxes, 10 medium sized boxes, and 5 heavy-duty boxes for fragile items. To avoid finding lots of breakages when you arrive in your new home, make sure that you use suitable packing materials to wrap anything fragile – paper tissue is good for delicate items and bubble wrap or newspaper should be easy to get hold of but you can also get creative with what you use. Old bits of material can come in handy and you can put your tea towels to good use too. Conduct a few checks on your boxes to ensure there are no mishaps. Ensure the bottom of all boxes is secured with a good amount of tape; tape across the middle seam and the two side seams
How To Pack Key Kitchen Items
- Small electrical items. If you’ve kept hold of any appliance boxes then make sure you dig them out of the attic and use them. Your microwave is probably the largest of the small electrical items and it’s especially important to pad this out carefully so you it doesn’t get damaged in the move. If you have multiple small electrical items, you can pack the small boxes inside a larger packing box to keep them together.
- Pots and pans can be stacked in a large box. Measure the size of the box you’ll need using the largest pan and remove the lids from your pots so they can be stacked. If the lids are glass then wrap these in bubble wrap or packing paper and stack them vertically, plugging any gaps or on a separate box.
- Crockery needs extra special care! If you have any of the original boxes your plates or bowls came in then use these as your crockery will be nice and snug inside them! When wrapping plates or bowls, layer packing materials between each item. These should be packed vertically to avoid putting pressure on the items at the bottom. A shoe-box is the perfect size for your cutlery and will stop it flying around and damaging anything else in your box. Wrap knives carefully and ensure they won’t be able to injure you when you unpack.
- Glasses are the most likely items to shatter on the move as they’re super fragile – so unless you want to be heartbroken when you open up your boxes, spend extra time packing these. Always remember to stack lighter, delicate items at the top of a box. Specialty dividers should be used for glassware to provide them with extra protection; double wrap each item first with bubble wrap and paper. When packing fragile items, line the box with cushioning by scrunching up packing paper or using bubble wrap.
- Utensils and other kitchen items are perfect for plugging any gaps in your boxes. Most people have a kitchen drawer full of odd bits and bobs – if you have lots of small items such as strainers, lighters, food bag ties or oven gloves, you can always pack items inside your tupperware to save on space and keep items together. A cake tin is a great place to keep your utensils together for the move.
- Pack food last if you can as you’ll find yourself needing your staple items right up until the move. Once you’ve donated anything you don’t want to take with you, pack dry items like pasta and spices in a cardboard box. If you have things in your fridge or freezer that you want to take with you, place these in reusable shopping bags on the day of the move…
Wrap, Wrap, Wrap – and Wrap Again!
Don’t overthink the packing process – once you’ve got everything you need, just get packing and remember to label your boxes as clearly as you can with a marker to help you find what you’re looking for once you start unpacking.
By following these simple steps, you’ll arrive in your new place with some well-labelled, secure boxes (and hopefully few, if any, breakages)! You can stick the kettle on and relax – preferably enjoying a take-out on your first evening and then you can start to get your new kitchen just how you like it!