When getting ready to move, packing your kitchen may seem like a daunting task. Between dishes, glasses, serving pieces, cutlery, knives, small appliances, and other delicate and oddly shaped items, you need to make sure to pack everything safely and in a way that makes sense spatially. After all, you don’t want to enormously increase the amount of moving boxes you need because of a poorly-packed kitchen, and you definitely don’t want to arrive in your new home and discover that your favorite set of dishes is half broken. Luckily, we have some tips to help you pack up your kitchen successfully so you can conserve packing space and keep everything secure.
1. Put Your Towels To Good Use
Kitchen towels can double as packing materials for fragile objects. You can wrap your drinking glasses individually in towels and use small tea towels to stuff inside each glass to keep it extra protected. It also makes a great packing spot for the towels without taking up extra space. You can also stuff towels around the edges of any kitchen packing boxes where you have breakable items like dishes to give them extra padding.
2. Keep Silverware Types Together
Tie rubber bands around your forks, spoons, and knives to keep the different silverware types separate so they are easy to unpack later. Then wrap them in towels or bubble wrap to keep them from clanging around. You can also use this method for serving spoons and forks, as well as cooking utensils.
3. Pack Less-Used Items First
Packing is likely to take you a few days or even a few weeks. Since your kitchen is a space you use every day, there are going to be some items you will need up until the last second, like your toaster oven, microwave, some pots and pans, and maybe a spatula or a paring knife. The most strategic thing to do is to conquer the areas of the kitchen you use less often, like your junk drawer, rarely used specialty appliances, special occasion dishes, and so on. Make sure to keep items you will need immediately when you move in their own box so that you can open that first when you get to your new place.
4. Nest Items Together
Aside from protecting your belongings, one of your main aims while packing is to fit as many items in one box as possible in order to limit the number of moving boxes you have to pay for. One way to save space when you pack up your kitchen is by nesting sets or like items within each other. An obvious example of this method is by nesting pots and pans within each other. You can also nest mixing bowls, storage containers, plastic or melamine dishes and cups, and any other items that are not fragile and come in sets of bigger and smaller pieces.
5. Keep Appliance User Manuals
You may be tempted to toss the user manuals to your appliances, especially if you haven’t looked at them in a while (or ever). However, there will come a day when you might need them (and that day might be when you unpack appliances after they have been disassembled and you need help remembering what all the pieces do and where they go!). There are many strategies people use to keep track of their user manuals. You can tape them to their respective appliances before packing so that they stay together during the move. Some people like to make an album of all their user manuals, which is another good strategy for making sure you know where your user manual is when you need it in the future. Whatever method you use, make sure you know where it is so that if you have to set something up in your new home and you can’t remember exactly how to assemble it, you have your user manual ready!
At Big John’s Moving, we are here to help you with all your moving and packing needs. We hope these tips help you successfully pack up your kitchen, as well as other areas of your home! If you don’t have the time to pack or just don’t want to deal with it, we also offer a packing service to do it for you! It is our goal to make your move as stress-free and successful as possible.