Moving Day Made Easy – The Kitchen

Moving Day Made Easy – The Kitchen

How to pack your kitchen for a less stressful move

Moving home is an adventure for some and a terror of a task hovering on the horizon for others. No matter how you view it, the kitchen is by far the most stressful room to pack and move – its collection of oddities and different shapes and sizes can be a daunting task for anyone.

However, if you tackle it section by section, the task isn’t quite so overwhelming. Planning and making sure you have everything you need before you start packing will help to simplify the kitchen packing process and keep your mind intact!

Supplies for packing the kitchen

Supplies for packing the kitchen

The number of boxes that you’ll need for your move will depend on the size of your kitchen and how much you are taking with you to the new place. It’s better to have too many than not have enough, taking into consideration the cost of any new boxes you might need to purchase. However, we do recommend that you have at least the following materials to make packing up your kitchen easier:

  • Markers and box labels.
  • Packing/sealing tape.
  • Tape dispenser and padding (bubble wrap, packing paper, packing peanuts).
  • A variety of boxes – some large and small, but mostly medium, some heavy-duty boxes, and original appliance boxes if available.
  • Cell kits for glasses and stemware.

Step 1 – essentials box

Before you start packing everything up, you’ll want to set aside the things you’ll need for a few days before and after the move. This box should have one set of everything for each member of your household (plate, cup, bowl, cutlery, and mug), plus any appliances and food items you’ll be using. Remember to keep your essentials box in a prime location where it won’t get left behind or accidentally packed early. Typical appliances to keep back include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Medium pot and pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Dishtowel
  • Dishcloth/sponge
  • Soap for cleaning up.

Step 2 – declutter

This is probably the most satisfying and also depressing part of the move – throwing out things that are expired or unused. Some of us love decluttering; it’s the perfect opportunity to dig through the cupboards and find forgotten food!

By spending the time going through everything and deciding what to keep and what you’d rather pass on to someone else, you will make packing and moving that much easier.

Keep in mind that you can declutter as you pack so that you don’t overwhelm yourself with everything. Maybe pick one cupboard and start there, carefully checking expiration dates and seals on food before deciding if it’ll ever get eaten it or if it can be donated to a local foodbank. Same goes for non-food items, if you haven’t used it for over a year (and it doesn’t have sentimental meaning) throw it out or put it in your donation box.

Do not donate broken appliances or kitchenware, throw out any old cleaning materials.

Step 3 – packing time

Now that you’re ready to pack, it’s best to start with items in your cupboards and drawers that you’re not using daily. Keep in mind that it’s best to pack the heavy stuff on the bottom and lighter things on top. When packing glass and fragile items we highly recommend they have their own box with cell kits to separate them and wrapping to keep them extra safe. The items you should pack here include:

  • Vases and crystal items
  • Food storage containers
  • Wine glasses
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cookie sheets and pie pans
  • Small appliances, such as mixers, blenders, etc.
  • Cookbooks
  • Extra dish towels, dishcloths, and oven mitts
  • Special utensils, such as barbecue tongs, meat mallets, ladles, and spatulas
  • Special-event dishes, such as serving plates, condiment dishes, cream, and sugar containers, etc.
  • Pictures and wall hangings.

How to pack kitchen items

As previously mentioned, you’ll want to pack your boxes with heavy articles on the bottom and lighter ones on top. Remember that these boxes can get heavy very quickly, so make sure you’re lifting them occasionally to test how heavy they are becoming. You don’t want to pack too heavy as you increase the risk of injury to yourself or your belongings as the boxes may lose their stability due to excessive weight.

If you’re an organised type of person, this is where you will shine! Take out that marker, box of labels and inventory list that we all know you have and get ready to start tackling this monster task. With your boxes and packing paper ready, let’s get started!

  1. Double or triple tape the bottom of your box before lining the inside of your box with scrunched up packing paper placed on the bottom to act as a cushion.
  2. Pick a cupboard and start unloading, one piece at a time unless you have lots of counter space to work with.
  3. Stack pots, pans, plates and bowls with smaller ones nestled in bigger ones and either individually wrap them or place packing paper in-between them. Consider using plastic wrap to keep the stacks together. Feel free to use the space around them for odds and ends.
  4. Pack Glasses and stemware in their own box with the dividers keeping them safe with packing paper before sliding them into the box. do not stack anything on top.
  5. Wrap the whole cutlery tray in plastic wrap. Any serving utensils can then be placed on top loose, or wrapped, if delicate.
  6. Individually wrap knives in a sheet of packing paper and a dishtowel. Lay them flat and not facing upwards, secured with a rubber band, to protect everything else in the box as well as the edges of your knives
  7. Pack your spices before other foods. You can easily use a small box to store them before moving on to your pantry; Pack what you want to keep, throw out anything that’s past date, and donate what you no longer want. Make sure everything is well sealed before packing in a medium box or reusable shopping bags.
  8. Perishables should be packed in cooler bags unless you’re moving long distance, then we recommend tossing out anything perishable.
  9. Pack your appliances in original boxes if you have them, or in boxes close to their size, filling in any gaps to prevent them from shifting. You can use any packing material for this. Larger appliances should be unplugged, hoses drained and removed, and doors taped shut.

Be patient with yourself and give yourself time – packing your kitchen can take a couple of days. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it and pack your essentials box in your car for easy access.

Moving time Let Best Removalists Newcastle take on the stress

Moving time? Let Best Removalists Newcastle take on the stress

With your moving date coming up, it’s time to decide whether you’ll move yourself or hire someone to do it for you and take away some of the stress. Best Removalists Newcastle is here to help you every step of the moving process from packing to moving services. Contact us today and speak to Owen for a free quote and onsite in-home assessment of your home or office move in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Call us on (02) 4058 5810, email us at owen@bestremovalistsnewcastle.com.au, or click here to send us an online message and we will contact you right back.