Packing your kitchen for a move may be one of the most challenging areas of your home to do. With all the dishes, appliances, and random items crammed onto shelves, it will take up a lot of time. It’s not a job you can rush right through because if you’re not cautious with your packing, you gamble with possibly finding broken dishes and shattered glasses when you open the boxes in your new home. You can dodge common mistakes and get your kitchen packed in a weekend or so.
If you held onto your appliances’ original boxes and packaging, definitely use them. If you don’t, you’ll need about medium to large-sized packing boxes. Before you start packing, make sure each appliance is clean and dry. Then, remove smaller parts and fragile items, such as glass bowls or anything else that could break. Next, find the owner’s manual and tape it to the front of the appliance for easier assembly later on. Wrap more fragile pieces in bubble wrap and use an extra layer of newspaper or packing paper to cover plastic or metal pieces. Place the appliance in the box first and stack the lighter, tinier pieces on top.
You should start by putting two layers of bubble wrap or packing paper on the bottom of the box. Wrap each portion of dinnerware with a thin layer of packing paper and pile them in the box, adding an extra sheet of bubble wrap or newspaper in between every few dishes. For really fragile items such as wine glasses and mugs, wrap them individually in T-shirts to save some bubble wrap.
Loose silverware is annoying to sort out while unpacking and can break fragile items in shared boxes. To save yourself time and effort, start by sorting your silverware according to type. Wrap each type with a rubber band and place all of the silverware in a shoebox and tape the box shut.
Pots and Pans
Find a box for your pots and pans, and then grab your biggest pan, and place it into a horizontal box. If you can close the top securely, the box will work. If not, try a bigger box. When you find the right size, stack your pots and store them in the box. When the boxes are in, wrap glass lids with packing paper and set them underneath the pans’ handles.
To save on box space, wrap your kitchen utensils and other smaller items with a single layer of packing paper. Once it’s covered, tuck the pieces into your other boxes to fill up the last bit of additional space. For your more substantial items, use a small packing box.