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How to Pack Your Kitchen for a Move

Moving can be an overwhelming process, especially when it comes to the kitchen. There’s a wide variety of objects that must be packed up from this room and many of them are fragile. With that being said, there are a few guidelines you can follow to make this task go as smoothly as possible. We’ve gathered some tips on how to pack your kitchen for a move.

Plan Packing Order

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Before you actually begin packing anything, plan out the overall order you’ll go in. We recommend moving checklists to keep yourself organized. As a general rule of thumb, start with items that are not frequently used. Examples of these would be vases, crystal items, mixing bows, cookie sheets, pie pans, and special utensils. Next, pack up any wine, liquor, or unopened bottles. Follow with drawers and shelves, and finish by packing up your pantry.

Choose the Right Kind of Boxes

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Think about what kind of boxes you’ll need. Much of what you’ll be packing from the kitchen will be glassware or generally fragile items. Thicker boxes tend to be better in this case, since they’ll need to be heavy duty. Dish barrels, though they do cost a bit extra, also come in handy for packing up plates and drinkware. This kind of box is especially great for absorbing shock, and will give you peace of mind that your valuables will be safe throughout the move.

Use Packing Paper

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Packing paper is absolutely essential for packing the kitchen. You should start with a six inch bed of paper in your boxes, as this will act as a cushion for your items. Also keep in mind the more crumpled your paper is, the better it will absorb shock. Add packing paper in between every layer of items, and take extra care to wrap plates. This is especially true for porcelain, stoneware, and china items. It may seem like a minor detail, but you’ll want to go with white packing paper for glassware. Any other color or newsprint paper can easily rub off and transfer color to your dishes.

Safely Pack Your Glassware

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When it comes time to start packing glassware, begin with the heaviest, sturdiest piece. As you get to the top half of the box, you’ll start to pack up the more fragile items. It’s important that you wrap each piece individually, and double wrap any crystal or very thin pieces of glassware. Be generous with paper, and know that you’ll need to repack a box if you hear any glass clinking together as you’re packing. Remember that the goal isn’t to be overly neat, but to protect the glassware from breaking.

Pack Pots and Pans

A young mom packing up pots and pans with her two children.

Pots and pans come with their own unique packing challenges and will require a range of box sizes. Since you’ll be trying to fit awkward shapes together into boxes, you’ll need medium to large boxes. Large boxes are great for lightweight pans, but smaller boxes work best for heavier ones. With the exception of glass lids, pots and pans tend to need less packing paper overall. Start by stacking pots and pans in groups of three, placing smaller pots into larger ones. Lids can be wrapped and packed separately.

Keep the Essentials Together

It’s helpful to consider which items you’ll need up until the last two days in your old home, and within the first two days in your new home. You’ll want to set these items aside together and make sure they’re accessible when you need them. With this in mind, create a box for your essential items –– think dishes, cutlery, perishable food, and small appliances. Think about what you’ll be eating the day you move and what you’ll need to prepare any meals.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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We hope these tips help you feel ready when it comes time to pack up your kitchen. However, if you’d rather save time and effort, consider hiring a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving. We can handle the entire moving process from packing to unpacking. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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