Packing Your Kitchen Like a Pro
If you’re like most people, your kitchen is the hub of the house. You do all your prepping, organizing, cooking and eating in there, not to mention entertaining. But when you’re facing a residential move, the prospect of packing this complex room can be daunting. From small utensils to large appliances, there’s a lot to consider when packing a kitchen.
Here’s how to do it like a pro.
The very first step is to de-clutter what you have so you don’t have to pack things you don’t need. This will save you money, packing supplies and time. No need to pack duplicates of spatulas and toasters, or that waffle iron you’ve never used. This is the perfect opportunity to narrow things down.
Next, you will need to gather all the materials necessary to pack, such as tape, boxes, packing paper, markers, and dividers for stemware. Standard family-sized kitchens require five small boxes, 10 medium boxes, five large boxes and three XL boxes. You will also need lots of tape and at least three rolls of packing paper.
Create an Essentials Box
Before you pack up the whole kitchen, set aside one box for the first night in your new home. You will need a set of plates, some cups, utensils, bowls, a dish towel, dish soap, wipes, and small appliances like can openers and coffee makers.
Start the Packing Process
Now you’re ready to actually start packing the stuff in your kitchen.
- Pots and pans: Put these in a large or medium box. Stack each between a piece of packing paper, then close up the gaps with paper or towels so they don’t shift. For glass lids, wrap them separately in packing paper.
- Glasses and stemware: Put these carefully in specialty dividers. Wrap each one in packing paper.
- Plates and bowls: Wrap plates and bowls separately, then stack with paper in between. If you have any space left over, use it for small odds and ends.
- Flatware and serving utensils: An easy way to transport your utensil tray is to leave everything in there and just wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap.
- Food: Put all spices in a small box and wrap all glass jars. Next, focus on packing up the pantry, tossing expired items as you move along. If there are canned goods you know you won’t use, donate them to a food pantry.
- Appliances: Pack appliances in the original boxes if you have them. If not, choose appropriately sized boxes for the most snug fit. If you have hired movers to move your large appliances, be sure to unplug them, remove hoses, and then tape the doors shut in preparation for them.
Packing your kitchen can be time consuming, but when done right, it can be a breeze. Hiring movers to pack your kitchen and the rest of the house is a wise move.
Contact Luke’s Moving Services
Here at Luke’s, we have lots of experience packing kitchens. Get a free quote on your next move when you contact us today!