Moving Tips: How to Pack the Kitchen Efficiently

By · April 6 2021
Moving Tips: How to Pack the Kitchen Efficiently

Packing is one of the most crucial tasks that you’ll encounter during a home move. The safety of your belongings depends on how secure you have packed them. And when packing your kitchen which is considered the most difficult room to pack for a home move, it can turn into a nightmare. The kitchen is usually full of bulky, weirdly shaped, and fragile items, many of which are quite pricey. Thus, before the moving day, you should make sure you have already packed every item properly and completely.

Packing your items especially in the kitchen without enough knowledge will result in some mistakes that can be avoided. That is why we gathered these simple tips to guide you throughout the packing process of your kitchen.

1. Declutter

In every home move, decluttering is absolutely necessary especially in the kitchen to get rid of the items you haven’t used for quite some time and won’t be needing anymore in your new home. This will lessen the items you need to pack which means lesser effort and time needed. 

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On the other hand, if you are in Southern Australia and thinking of searching for removalists Adelaide to assist you with your move, decluttering will minimize the space you will occupy in the moving truck saving you some money. But be sure to sort items according to their usage.

Sell/Gift/Donate

 For items that are still usable and in good condition, you have the chance to sell them. You can either post them online or have a garage sale a few weeks before the moving day. If you don’t have enough time, you can easily give them to a family of friends who might want and use the items. If not, you can simply donate to a local charity which is also a worthy cause.

Seldom Used

As the description states, these are the items you don’t frequently use. These items usually are used only for parties and other special events. These include wine glasses, vases, platters, and other wares. This should be packed first.

Essentials  

Items in this category are the ones you need on a daily basis such as dishes, silverware, handy appliances such as a toaster and coffee maker and some food items you can consume before and after the move. You can pack these later but be sure to pack them properly.

2. Get proper packing supplies

Once you have finished decluttering and sorting all the kitchen items, you need to obtain the proper packing materials you will be using. Remember, there are a lot of fragile items in your kitchen, so it’s advisable to invest in your packing supplies to secure each item throughout the moving process. If you are located in Western Australia, you have the option to contact some removalists Perth, if they have some available packing supplies which will be more practical since they are sometimes selling those supplies at a lesser price.

Make sure to obtain heavy-duty boxes in different sizes, ample amounts of packing papers and bubble wraps, packing tapes and markers. For your kitchen items especially the glasswares to stay in place and prevent from tapping each other, using a box divider is a good idea to avoid any damages or breakages.

3. Prepare a box of essential

Moving home is a long process so make sure to prepare a box of essentials that will last for a couple of days. This box should sustain you and your family’s needs some days before your move and on the first couple of days in your new home. Items to put in the essentials box are kitchen utensils (cups, forks, spoons, and plates), some hygiene items (toiletries, rags, trash bags, etc.), towels and most especially emergency kit. If you have some food items like remaining ingredients and snacks, you can also include them in the box to avoid food waste but be sure to use and consume these items. This will save you from buying take out foods.

Remember, this essential box should be labelled properly for the moving company to identify since this should be the last box to load from your old home and the first box to unload in your new home.

4. Start packing

Now, if you gathered all necessary packing supplies to use, you can start packing as early as possible. This is to make sure that everything is prepared before your removalists arrive. You can start packing the items depending on the type. 

Dinnerware

Start with lining the bottom of your heavy-duty boxes with bubble wraps or packing papers. You may also have the option to use a towel. For extremely fragile ones, make sure to wrap each item properly and use a good amount of packing papers or bubble wraps to secure them. Always place the larger and heavier items first at the bottom of the box and do it one at a time.

Cutleries

Sort your cutleries according to type. For spoon and forks, you can simply use a rubber band or any strings to securely bundle them together.  Once bundled, wrap it with some packing papers and place it in the box.

Knives

If you still have the original box or tray, it’s the best way to secure your knives. If not, you need to be extra careful when wrapping these items. Make sure to individually wrap at least 3 layers of packing paper and secure it with tape. Place it in a box and make sure to properly label it for you to be aware of what’s inside and for you to carefully unpack the box.

Food

A couple of weeks before your move, start using and consuming food items in your cabinet or fridge to avoid food waste. Perishables such as meat, egg and dairy products won’t survive unless you are moving nearby. But if you are having a long-distance move and still have a lot of perishables, you have the option to give it to friends or neighbours who would want to have them.

For your non-perishables like canned goods, pasta and other items, these can be packed easily in a box. But if you are having a long-distance move and thinking of asking for help from a removalist, you need to think thoroughly. You should consider how heavy the items are since the removalist also based their quotes on the weight of the goods to be transported. If it’s not cost-effective, better donate it to local food banks.

Appliances

 Appliances are best packed using their original box if the boxes are still in good condition. If it’s no longer available, you have the option to use durable boxes. Each appliance should be clean and dry before packing them. If possible, parts that are detachable should be removed, especially the fragile parts. Wrap the fragile pieces with a generous amount of bubble wraps of clothing materials such as towels or old shirts.

Packing the kitchen is surely one of the most time-consuming tasks during a home move. But it doesn’t mean that you should feel a lot of stress about packing. These tips will make you more prepared and give you the chance to enjoy the challenge. But you also need to keep in mind that hiring a removalist will also lessen the stress. This way, you are confident that your properly packed kitchen items are handled with extra care.

If you are looking for experienced and professional removalists anywhere in Australia, you should visit Upmove. With just one enquiry, you will receive quotes in no time saving you time from calling and texting each company without getting replies. This truly saves your time and removes all your worries about your move.