If you are moving, you probably saved the dreaded kitchen packing for last. Out of all the rooms in your home, it is likely one of the most difficult to pack. There are just so many items of different shapes and sizes in each little drawer and cupboard, and it can feel like an eternity to sort it all. To make packing a little less stressful and save time, try some of these helpful hints:

Declutter and Organize

Before you fill a single moving box, you need to be sure that you are only packing the things that you need. This is especially important if you are paying for professional moving services. The fewer boxes you have, the less time the move will take.

Before you fill a single moving box, you need to be sure that you are only packing the things that you need. This is especially important if you are paying for professional moving services. The fewer boxes you have, the less time the move will take.

When you are 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. Give fresh perishables to friends, unless you are just moving across town. In this case, you may find it helpful to pack them in an ice chest to keep the food fresh.

Make A Simple Box For Essentials

Between leaving the old house and moving into the new, you may have a couple of days. Set aside a box for essentials such as dishes, cups, flatware, dish cleaning supplies, and little appliances. You will save time by having things handy when you have to make a quick meal during the transition. Do not forget to add a bottle of wine to the mix. Moving can be stressful!

Suggested Packing Materials

After you have done a major de-cluttering job, you are now ready to pack. These are some things to have on hand:

  • Large boxes:

    Pack larger, lightweight things in these, such as baking pans, dish racks, or your small appliances. Put the toaster and coffeemaker in the essential box. Do not overfill these boxes, because they can get to be too heavy and rip open when lifted.

  • Medium boxes:

    Use these for heavier things, like your flatware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and drawer contents.

  • Heavy-duty boxes:

    These boxes have double layers to protect fragile items like your dishes, glasses, stemware, and any other glass items.

  • 5lb bundle of tissue paper:

    Do not bother using newspaper. The ink gets all over your things and can stain them. Buy unprinted tissue paper for wrapping fragile items. You can find this at most home improvement stores or in the packing supplies department of a hardware store.

  • Cardboard dividers:

    These handy dividers fit in boxes to keep glasses and wine bottles safe. You can also use them for other glass objects in the kitchen. Be sure to buy dividers that fit correctly into your boxes. You can find these at a packing supply store.

  • Quality packing tape:

    Do not waste your money on bargain brands. They will not stick firmly and they often shred while you try to unroll them.

  • Labels:

    For convenience, use color-coded labels for each room

  • Several large black markers:

    Write the contents of each box in neat, legible writing.

Ready, Set, Pack!

  • Things you do not use daily:

    These can be things like your seasonal baking utensils, mixing bowls, small appliances, cookbooks, extra dishcloths, centerpieces, and special event items. Include your kitchen pictures and other décor in these boxes.

  • Glass bottles:

    Pack unopened wine or liquor bottles in a box with a cardboard separator. Do the same for sealed bottles of cooking oil and glass bottles of special condiments or vinegars. Give open bottles to friends or discard them.

  • Shelves and drawers:

    Since you have already decluttered them, they should be easy to pack.

  • Flatware and cutlery:

    Keep a set for each family member to put in the essential box and pack the rest. Wrap knives carefully for safety reasons.

  • Dishes:

    Wrap your dishes individually and put them in their own box. Wrap glasses carefully and put in cardboard separators. If you are having a short move and do not want to keep dishes in an essential box, just eat on paper plates for now.

  • Pots/Pans:

    If your pots and pans have a non-stick coating, wrap them so they do not scratch each other. Pack your crocks and lids in these boxes, too.

  • Pantry Items:

    Give perishable or frozen items to the neighbors. Pitch any outdated spices or other staples. Tape up open boxes or bags of food. Unless you are making a short move, consider donating what can goods you have left to a local food bank.

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. Read your owner’s’ manuals for more information about moving your appliances safely.

Overwhelmed? Don’t worry! While this may seem like a lot, especially for just preparing your kitchen, a professional moving service like FlatRate will help to make your move a breeze. Contact us today!