Moving to a new house can be daunting at times. You have tons of things to take care of. Starting from cleaning and packing your belongings to hiring a professional mover, moving from one house to the other will occupy more than a month’s time. Packing can be tiring, especially if you have lived in your old house for years. It’s natural for many items to get collected in the house. You may have to discard a few items in order to de-clutter your new house and also to save space.
However, besides packing your furniture, bedding, showpieces, and other household items, you need to pack your kitchen. This is the most difficult part because your kitchen will have a number of fragile and large items such as pans, pots, china, utensils, cooking appliances, and so on, which require careful handling. Packing your kitchen is, therefore, the most time-consuming part of the relocation process.
Packing and moving your kitchen
Make the whole process of packing and moving your kitchen hassle-free by following these tips:
Keep your supplies handy
In order to pack and move your kitchen, you need to decide well in advance the moving supplies you will be needing. You will be needing a bubble wrap and blankets to pack fragile items. Moreover, you will be needing small to medium-sized boxes, old newspapers, towels, marker pen, and packing tape. You can save a lot of time by buying these supplies in advance.
Start packing small but heavy items in your kitchen
You need to prepare the boxes before you start putting things in them. Tape them outside so that the walls don’t break upon putting heavy kitchen items like pans, pots, and dishes. Place your heavy utensils at the bottom of the box. Pack them together with their respective lids to save time while unpacking them.
Take care of the breakable items
While packing your kitchenware, you should put breakable items such as cups and dishes at the top in the boxes. This reduces the chances of your expensive glassware from smashing under the weight of heavier items. After packing, consider putting crumbled old newspapers in the empty spaces to provide a cushioning effect. Tape up the box properly so that it doesn’t open while moving.
Pack your kitchen table and chairs
You can use bubble wrap to pack your kitchen table. If your table is foldable or dismountable, you don’t have to worry much. You can wrap individual pieces with bubble wrap and put them in a large box. You can also pack your chairs using bubble wrap. However, you should pack your kitchen furniture after you pack smaller items and appliances so that you know how much space would be needed. Moreover, you should make sure you don’t mishandle them because their legs might break.
Pack shelves and drawers
It’s natural to have messy drawers and shelves in the kitchen. You may want to get rid of unwanted and useless items before you start packing your drawers and shelves. Don’t move items you haven’t used in the past six months or so. You won’t use them in your new house either. After you segregate all items, put them in boxes after wrapping the breakable ones with newspaper or bubble wrap. Tape up the box after you are done with the packing.
Kitchen appliances such as electric cooker, refrigerator, microwave, oven, and so on can be packed 24 hours prior to the move. You need to prepare your appliances before moving them lest they might be damaged. Make sure you have the user manuals of all your appliances handy for reference. If you have the original boxes, packing them shouldn’t be difficult. But if you don’t have them, you might have to arrange for appropriate boxes. Wrap the appliances with moving blankets before putting them in boxes. You can also use towels for smaller appliances. These precautions will ensure that your expensive electronics are moved to your new house safely.
Label each box
After you have packed all your kitchenware and put them in separate boxes, make sure you label them with a marker pen. Labeling each box would help you identify which box contains what and save a lot of time while unpacking. For example, you can label the box containing your china and dishes as “Fragile” so that you don’t mishandle that box. A label also ensures the safety of your belongings if you are hiring a professional mover.
Packing your kitchen for a move can be difficult. But if you have all the supplies in hand, the process becomes a lot easier. Moreover, you can also hire a professional packer and mover who would pack all your belongings and transport them to your new house. This would reduce the hassle, ensure the safety of your items, and save you a lot of time.