The kitchen is arguably the hardest room to pack when you’re getting ready to move. So many breakable items, so many utensils, so much to think about! It’s easy to say, “I’ll just do it later,” every time you start to pack, every day until the day of your move. But procrastination was never the friend of someone preparing to move into a new house or apartment. If you’re downsizing, you need to start even earlier.
The first step to packing your kitchen is getting your supplies. You’ll need bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and packing tape. Make sure you have more than you think you’ll need, so you don’t have to run to the store amidst a kitchen packing frenzy. You probably have some supplies at home, but call your local Two Men and a Truck if you need extra boxes and packing supplies.
Move the large items first. This includes your stove, refrigerator, kitchen tables, chairs, or any other furniture and appliances that currently take up space. First you will need to turn the power off and disassemble them according to the user manuals. Make sure you empty the fridge, put perishables in a cooler, and secure the doors shut. You want to wrap everything with bubble wrap, or let your movers cover them with moving blankets.
Pots, pans, and other cookware. Your cooking essentials are bulky and heavy, so you need larger boxes to store them. You may want to tape the boxes to ensure they don’t break open when they’re lifted. Pack your cookie sheets, mixing bowls, mixers and blenders with care. If you want to stay organized, label boxes according to their contents. Stack pans and place pots inside each other.
Protecting breakables. Wine glasses, china, vases and crystal should be specially protected from the rest of your kitchenware. You can double-pack by placing dishtowels in between each piece. Use cardboard dividers for wine glasses, and tissue or newspaper between plates. If you have wedding china, make sure you put in a separate labeled box. When your moving team comes to do a walk-through, let them know which boxes have delicate items. Of course you can always have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® pack these items for you at the time of your move.
Smaller utensils can be hard to organize. So grab some rubber bands, and wrap them according to type. You can also store forks, knives, and spoons in larger cups to keep them in the same place. You can use a desk organizer to store these items as well. These items do not have to be specially wrapped unless they will be in a box with other delicate cookware. Just make sure you keep them together!
The last step in packing your kitchen is to remove all dry or canned foods from your cupboards and store them in an empty room. You’re likely down to the very last of your groceries by now, so put these in a box and store them in the trunk when you drive to the new place. Put your cooler of perishables in the back with you, along with any snacks you or the kids may want on the way.
Ask your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® about our packing services. We can help you organize and store your kitchen, and move the heaviest appliances. Our team of professional movers will listen to and answer your questions, and help you with packing both the larger and smaller belongings in your home. Call us today for a free estimate!