Kitchens can be one of the most difficult rooms to prepare for a move. There are cabinets and drawers that need to be packed, as well as all the appliances and other things that are piling up. You can use this packing guide to make sure everything is done so that you are ready for the movers.
Preparation for packing
Sorting articles. You will want to review everything in the kitchen and determine what you bring with you and what you sell or give. Make sure you have a plan for where you give items. Shelters and food banks could be good suggestions.
Essential box. Have a specific box containing everything you need in your new location. This could include soap, tea towels, coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, dishes, etc. This will make unpacking less stressful because you will have what you need for a day or two.
Packaging materials. Decide how many boxes you will need and make sure you have enough. For a medium sized kitchen, about 10 medium boxes, 5 large boxes and 5 sturdy boxes will suffice. If you have to pack boxes of goblets, wine or liquor, you may also want to buy some cell kits. In addition to this, have newspaper or other materials to pack fragile items. You will also want to have packing tape and markers or labels, or both.
Packing seldom used objects
When you want to pack your bags for long-distance transport, it’s best to pack things you do not need anymore. Some of the things that could be good to start with are decorations and arts, dishes used primarily for special events, special utensils such as ladles, mallets and tongs, cookbooks, kitchen gloves and extra tea towels, cookie sheets, mixing bowls, wine glasses, vases and food storage containers.
Drawer packaging can take a lot of effort simply because of the large number of items we keep. A good idea is to start with the most cluttered drawer and work from there. If there are extras or things you almost never use, do not take them. Give it or sell it at a garage sale.
If you have not prepared cookbooks, you can do it now. Pack them flat to avoid injury to their thorns. Pack them in a way that makes sense. If you have books that you use often, try to keep them above so you can easily see them in your new home.
When storing cutlery, make sure you have a set for each family member in your essentials box. The rest can be packed with the usual kitchen items.
Liquor and wine packaging
For those who have a wine or liquor collection, it’s a good idea to start early in the moving process. When moving long distances, you can keep the bottles you plan to drink between now and the move, but the rest can be packed. You can also pack other items in glass bottles, such as fine vinegar or cooking oils. Just make sure it’s worth moving out and you will not be able to replace it easily once you’re in the new home.
When packing glasses and other stemware, consider using cell boxes. This makes everything so much easier. This step may take some time because you want to make sure you pack well so that nothing gets damaged. At this point you can also start packing plates, bowls and other random objects in the kitchen.
You can also pack most of your pots and pans, but be sure to keep at least one pan or all-purpose stove for your kitchenware box.
Empty the pantry
If you sorted in the pantry earlier, it should not be difficult to put away what you want to keep. Decide what is worth moving and what is not for the next long-distance move and collect the crucial items. If you bring open cartons, be sure to stick them with tape. It’s a good idea, no matter how far you go.