Most homeowners believe that no other room is as tough to pack as the kitchen. That’s not surprising at all. A typical kitchen has a number of items of various sizes and shapes. All of them must be carefully sorted before packing can begin. Each pot, utensil, pan, appliance, cutlery, appliances, and utensil must be dealt with care while packing all the kitchen stuff. You need to give special attention to kitchen packing, which can take up quite a few hours if you approach without a detailed plan.
To make kitchen packing easy, here are some useful tips:
- Discard what you don’t need
The more items you have, the more number of packing boxes you’ll need, not to mention the extra time you’ll be spending packing them. Relocating to a new house gives you a great opportunity to do away with old, worn out, unusable, and unwanted items. So start with identifying items you don’t want to take to your new home. All these items go to a different room. Be thorough in your search for unwanted items. You can give usable stuff to your friends or relatives while other items can be donated to shelter or food banks.
- Collecting packing materials
You’ll need various things to pack your household stuff, including kitchen items, such as the following:
- Cartons of different sizes
- Bubble wrap
- Packing paper or old newspaper
- Moving blankets
- Packing tape
- Towels for wrapping appliances
- Markers for labeling boxes
The most expensive thing in this list is packing boxes. You might have a few of them in your store, so first check there. Also, ask your friends if they can donate a few. If you need to purchase them, visit your local supermarket. You’ll get different-sized cartons there at lower prices than at a professional mover shop.
- Have the essential box ready
You’ll need a few kitchen items for the last couple of days in your present home and for the first few days in your new home till you do all the unpacking. Therefore, don’t pack everything. Create one special box for these days. It can have items like coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, dishes, dishtowel, dishcloth, soap cleaner, food items, etc.
- First pack less often used items
You should first pack less frequently used items such as:
- Utensils like ladles, spatulas, barbeque tongs, and meat mallets
- Vases and crystals
- Mixing bowls
- Food storing containers
- Dishes used in special events such as condiment dishes, serving plates, and cream containers
- Cookie sheets and Pie pans
- Wine glasses
- Pack all unopened bottles
You should first pack wine bottles, liquor bottles, and all other unopened bottles having food items, and this includes unopened cooking oils and vinegar bottles.
- Pack drawers and shelves
First, pack your most messy kitchen drawer. Remember, any non-use item goes into the to-discard box. In case you’re not sure if certain items should be discarded, refer to this simple rule: discard anything that you’ve not used even once in the last 6 months. Put one cutlery set for each family member in your essential box and pack the rest. Next, approach your cooking books. Stack them horizontally, one at the top of the other, in a box. This will ensure book spines don’t bend. At the bottom goes the books you refer rarely while the top part should have all your favorite cookbooks.
- Pack all your pots and pans
Packing the pots and pans can prove a bit tricky, but you have nothing to fear about if you follow this simple tip. Pick your biggest pan and locate a suitable box for it. Place the pan in the box vertically or horizontally. Next, see if you can close the box’s lid with the pan inside it. If yes, that box will do. Use this easy but practical tip for finding an appropriate box for your pots, too. Wrap the glass lids of your pans with bubble wrap or packing paper and place them underneath the pans’ handles.
- Pack dinnerware
You must use packing paper to wrap all pieces of your dinnerware. Also, keep a few sheets of bubble wrap or packing paper at the bottom of the box for extra protection. Don’t place multiple dishes at a single time. Be careful while piling them and insert bubble wrap or packing paper between every 4-5 dishes. Extra care should be taken when packing wine glasses, coffee mugs, and other delicate items. You should wrap them in t-shirts or tank-tops and then carefully place these items in the box.
- Pack appliances
As much as possible, appliances should be packed in their original boxes. If you don’t have the original box, for some reasons, you must locate a box that’s right for them. Before packing an appliance, carefully read its manual and follow the written instructions. Some appliances, like the fridge, need to be prepared for packing at least a day before. Plug-off your fridge and give it time to defrost. Next, remove its contents and thoroughly clean it. Use a dry cloth to wipe any moisture in it. Lock the fridge door and tape it. Finally, use a blanket to wrap your fridge and then secure it using a packing tape. Likewise, if you are packing an oven, you should clean it, tape the door, and then use a blanket to wrap it.
Once the packing is complete, pick up the phone and call your removalists.