There’s a number of good reasons why moving to a new house is ranked as one of the most stressful things you can do. And in the process of moving, one of the most stressful jobs is packing. Of all the rooms, the kitchen is often the one that causes the most problems so here are some expert tips in packing up your kitchen for moving day.
Packing the non-essentials
It is always good to start with the non-essentials or things you don’t have to use to get the job done. Examples of this could be small appliances such as blenders or graters – jobs can be done by hand for the time being so these can be packed. If you have original boxes, that’s great but otherwise, wrap them in bubble wrap and put in a strong box.
Next, take a look at pots and pans. If you are moving in the next few days, you can pack everything but if you are planning ahead, you will want to keep a few essential pans out to make sure you have something to cook with! When packing pans, you can fill the gaps between them with smaller items or put the matching lid in upside down. Tape everything up to keep it in place and add packing paper between each pan.
Packing breakables and silverware
While it might seem like a great idea to stack plates to save on the room, this can affect the weight load of the parcel and makes it harder to move – and therefore more prone to an accident. Instead, pack plates and bowls upright like you would stack them in the dishwasher. Stack bowls in groups of four with bubble wrap around and some balls of scrap paper between them to keep them apart.
Wrapping things like glasses are even trickier. You can get special boxes that have compartments in them to store each glass individually and these can be worth the investment, especially if you have fine quality glasses or crystal. You want to pay attention to the stems of wine glasses and wrapping a towel or napkin around each stem can be a good idea.
Silverware is pretty tough, but it can cause damage if it is left to move around during the move. The best approach is to sort silverware into types such as forks and knives then put an elastic band around each group. You can always put a little bubble wrap around to protect them.
Other packing tips for the kitchen
You will probably have some food to pack and transport from the pantry or dry goods cupboard. Sort everything as you go to make sure there’s nothing out of date or that you definitely won’t use and could donate to a food bank. Then pack the tins and boxes and label it as ‘pantry’.
You can also fill in the bits of space left in boxes with the other odds and ends from around the kitchen such as utensils and baking trays. Use packing paper and bubble wrap to protect them and don’t force them into a gap as this could damage something.
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