If you are moving soon, there’s a chance you probably saved the dreaded kitchen packing for last.

Out of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is always the most difficult to pack — there are too many items of different shapes and sizes and it can feel like an eternity to sort it all out.

To help you save time and make packing a little less stressful, FlatRate created a guide to help you efficiently pack up the kitchen for your move.  

Declutter and Organize

Before you start filling moving boxes, make sure you are only packing what you need — decluttering is the best friend of packing.

When it comes to sorting food, keep a bare minimum. You do not need the weight and hassle of a ton of canned goods — donate them to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

For fresh perishables and local moves, pack them in an ice chest to keep the food fresh.

Make a Simple Box For Essentials

The moving process is longer than just your move day so make sure you have enough separated to survive the before and after.

Put essentials such as dishes, cups, flatware, dish cleaning supplies, and little appliances in a separate box. You will save time by having things handy when you have to make a quick meal during the transition.

Suggested Packing Materials

After you have done some major de-cluttering, invest on packing. These are some essentials that should be your top priority:

  • Large boxes: pack larger, lightweight items in these such as baking pans, dish racks or small appliances. Do not overfill these boxes so they don’t get too heavy and rip open.
  • Medium boxes: use these for heavier items like flatware, cooking utensils, pots and pans and drawer contents.
  • Heavy-duty boxes: these will have double layers to protect fragile items like your dishes, glasses, stemware and other glass items.
  • 5lb bundle of tissue paper: newspaper can get the ink all over your items, staining them forever. Buy unprinted tissue paper for wrapping fragile items.
  • Cardboard dividers: these will help keep glasses and wine bottles safe. You can also use them for other glass objects in the kitchen.
  • Quality packing tape: do not waste your time on bargain brands.
  • Labels: use color-coded labels to mark which box is going to which room.
  • Black markers: write the contents of each box in legible writing.

Moving Your Appliances

If your appliances are not staying with your former home, you have to get them ready to be moved.

If you do not have experience in shutting off the lines for disconnecting a gas stove, have a professional do it — gas leaks can be dangerous. Ovens and doors should be taped shut, and cords safely secured.

Fragile Kitchen Items

When packing dishes and other fragile items, wrap the plates individually in clean packing paper using multiple sheets for protection.

Stack those plates of the same size on top of one another with a layer of packing paper between each plate.When packing the wrapped plates do not pack them flat, but rather pack them on their edges.

Lastly, wrap your glasses and cups individually and be sure to protect all the handles with extra paper, and then place them in the box upside down.