If you are moving soon, then chances are that you have a lot on your mind. Between hiring movers, packing up your clothes and dishes, and finding the perfect apartment or home to live in, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. One thing that is often overlooked though? Packing up your kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of every home. No matter how small or big, it's where we cook and eat our meals. It's also a space that needs to be properly organized so things can be easily found when they're needed. Also, it is usually the most cluttered room in the house so it's difficult to know where to start when packing for a move. To make sure you have a perfect kitchen again after moving, here are 11 simple ways to pack them before you go.
1) Kitchen Appliances
Small kitchen appliances which are not used on a daily basis are the first things to pack. Like other items, they should be properly wrapped and protected so no damage will happen to them during the move. Larger appliances like stoves or refrigerators should be the last thing you worry about before a move.
2) Dishes and Cups
Dishes and cups are probably some of the most difficult items to pack. Not only do they take up a lot of space, but they can also easily break if not handled properly. One way to avoid this is by packing them in smaller boxes that can be easily carried around. You can also use bubble wrap or packing peanuts as an extra layer of protection.
To save space, you can stack your plates and cups on top of each other to make the most out of every box that you have. Also, if there are some dishes or mugs that won't fit in their designated box then use a piece of cloth to wrap them up together with larger items so they don't move around during the move.
3) Pots and Pans
Pots and pans are other items that can be easily damaged if not packed properly. The best way to avoid any scratches or dents is by using bubble wrap, packing paper, packing peanuts, or cloths to individually wrap each pot and pan. Another thing you can do is place them in a box together so they don't move around too much during the move.
Also, make sure that you take note of the handles because they can easily break if not packed properly. If your pans have handles then use packing peanuts, or other protective materials to fill in any empty space while still making sure that all other items are protected from scratches and dents during transport.
4) Glasses and Mugs
Like dishes and cups, glasses and mugs can be easily broken during a move if not handled properly. The best way to avoid any accidents is by packing them in smaller boxes that are easy to carry around. You can also use bubble wrap or packing peanuts as an extra layer of protection.
Another thing you can do is stack them on top of each other to save space. Again, if there are some glasses or mugs that won't fit in their designated box then use a piece of cloth to wrap them up together with larger items so they don't move around during the move.
To make sure that all your glassware and cups have survived the trip, make sure that you take note of the contents before packing them up. Also, check if there are any chips or cracks on each item because they can easily break during transport. Use extra bubble wrap to fill in any empty space and protect your items even more especially when stacking glasses together with other kitchenware.
5) Pack up all of your plates and bowls
Packing plates and bowls are simple. You can stack them on top of each other to save space or pack them in smaller boxes that are easy for you to carry around. When stacking, make sure there is some extra bubble wrap between each item so they don't move during the trip because this will prevent any scratches from appearing after moving day.
As you can see, packing plates and bowls are easy to do. Just make sure that the items have extra protection from scratches and dents when stacking them on top of each other or in smaller boxes.
6 ) Cutlery and Utensils
Cutlery and utensils are usually small and don't take up a lot of space. Therefore, they can easily be packed in a small box or bag. The best way to pack them is by leaving them in their kitchen organizer that separates each type of cutlery or utensil. Wrap the kitchen organizer all in one piece. This way you can save space and make sure that everything stays in its place.
7) Package up any food that will need refrigeration before you leave
If you have any food that needs to be refrigerated and can't go bad, make sure it's consumed prior to the move. Don't forget this important step because if these items aren't stored in a refrigerator or another cool place then they will spoil during transport which is not only inconvenient but also costly especially when dealing with expensive groceries such as meats, seafood, and dairy products.
We always recommend moving food on your own so that it doesn't get mixed up with your other belongings, and going bad and causing a big mess. Another thing you can do is separate these foods into smaller boxes that will all fit in your car. Thus, following these steps will help to ensure that your food is safe and sound when you finally arrive at your new home.
Get rid of anything that’s expired, and if you have items that aren’t opened or expired but you no longer want, add them to your donation list for delivery to a local food bank.
8) Keep your knives in a safe place
Kitchen knives are usually very sharp, which is why you should make sure to keep them in a high and secure spot. If they fall during transport then there's a higher chance that they might get damaged or cause an accident if someone trips over it on moving day. So don't forget to pack these items in a safe place so they don't move around during transport.
Keeping your knives in their designated spot is important not just to prevent accidents but also because moving them can easily cause unnecessary damage or scratches that will stay on the blade. It's a good idea to prepare better means of opening boxes and bags without using your kitchen knives, like using a box cutter or scissors for these tasks.
9) Box up any kitchen gadgets that you won't be needing until you unpack
Kitchen appliances such as blenders, toasters, and microwaves are usually heavy which is why it's best if they stay in the garage or storage area instead of taking up space during your move. This way, moving day will become less stressful because there will be fewer items to worry about. You can also box up these appliances if you don't have the time to use them before moving day.
Just remember to label each appliance box with its contents so you'll know which one goes where when it's time for unpacking. And, as an extra safety precaution, make sure that all of the cords are properly tucked in so they don't get caught or pinched by the boxes.
10) Use kitchen organizers to compartmentalize your kitchen
Kitchen organizers are very useful when packing because they allow you to keep all of the smaller items in their place. You can use them for storing spices, utensils, and appliances such as oven mitts or cutting boards that don't take up a lot of space but need to be kept in a designated area.
This way, you can easily find what you need without having to search through several boxes or bags. And if there are any broken items, then it will be easier to identify them and fix them before putting them back in the kitchen.
11) Miscellaneous items
Finally, don't forget to take care of the miscellaneous items in your kitchen before moving day. This includes things like cleaning supplies, ingredients for recipes that you don't want to miss out on during your move, and food prepping equipment such as knives or cutting boards.
These items may seem small in number, but they still deserve a spot when moving because these are the things that make your life easier when cooking or baking. Make sure to pack them away before proceeding with your move so you won't have to worry about forgetting anything important behind.
The moving industry has become a lot more competitive in recent years and we’ve had to find ways to stay ahead of the competition. One way we do this is by providing excellent customer service, which includes helping you save time and money on your move. If you need help packing up your kitchen for an upcoming move, contact BoxStar Movers today. We offer free estimates that will give you peace of mind knowing what it would cost without having to leave home or answer endless questions about how much things weigh (which can be surprisingly difficult). Give us a call at (202) 843-9181 and one of our professional movers will get back to you shortly!