When you're moving, the kitchen can be the most challenging room to pack because of all the fragile and oddly shaped items you have in this room. If the thought is overwhelming, you can let the movers pack up your kitchen while you tend to the easier rooms such as the bedrooms and living room.
However, if you want to box up your kitchen supplies yourself, you might find the task easier if you keep these three suggestions in mind.
1. Use or Give Away Excess Food
Go through your pantry and throw out old boxed food and donate canned food you probably won't eat before the move. Unless you have a large stock of survival supplies that you want to take with you, by donating some of your food, you'll have less to pack and the food won’t be wasted.
Getting rid of food in your freezer and refrigerator can be more challenging if you have a large supply. If you’re moving a long distance, you won't be able to transport the food on a moving truck, since it will go bad. You may need to give some of your perishable food items to family or friends.
If you have plenty of advanced notice about your move, you can prepare meals from the food you currently have, so most of it is gone by moving day. You'll also need to empty and clean the refrigerator at least a day before the move so that the refrigerator won't develop a foul odor while in transit.
2. Use the Best Boxes
While you might get by with plastic bins and boxes repurposed from a grocery store for packing clothes and linens, you need high-quality boxes for small kitchen appliances and fragile dishes. Buy moving boxes in different sizes and types.
You can have boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape delivered to your home for convenience. Packing boxes are best for fragile items because they are sturdy, stack well, and are made from corrugated cardboard so they offer some protection from jostling.
You'll need small book boxes for packing heavy kitchen gadgets and cookbooks, boxes with cells for glasses, and boxes with dividers for plates. Wrap the items individually with bubble wrap before placing them in a box. Use a correctly sized box so it isn't too heavy or ends up with a top that won't stay flat.
Tops of the boxes must be flat and taped down so the boxes can stack. If you can only fill a box part of the way due to the weight of a heavy appliance, you can add air pillows or kitchen linens to the box to fill it out and keep the contents from shifting around.
Kitchen supplies have a way of multiplying or getting forgotten. Moving is the perfect chance to declutter and simplify your kitchen, which means you'll have fewer things to pack.
3. Deal With Cleaning Products Under the Sink
When you book your move, be sure to ask about the type of supplies that are prohibited on the truck. Chances are, many of the cleaners under your sink won't be allowed. This can be easy to remedy by rationing your use of the products in the weeks before the move so you use everything up and don't buy more than you'll use. If you have cleaning supplies left over, you'll need to dispose of them or give them away.
Before you move, you may need to arrange disposal with your city's sanitation department if you have chemicals, such as paint, bleach, and flammable items that you won't use before you move.
Packing is often stressful and when it comes to packing up the kitchen, the stress is often compounded due to the number of fragile items. Call Stuart's Moving and Storage, Inc. for help. We'll pack your kitchen for you or deliver all the packing supplies you need to handle the job yourself.