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Aug 30 2016

Packing Up Your Kitchen

Moving is never a walk in the park, but by general consensus, the kitchen is the most difficult room to pack up for even the most seasoned mover. Kitchens contain everything from expensive gadgets and sharp tools to perishable food and sundries. The key to the kitchen is to start packing up as early as possible because there are some items you can pack up in the beginning and some (like food) that you need to leave until the end.

Kitchen Packing Tips and Tricks

Here are some more useful tips on packing up your kitchen for a move:

Start Eating!

To avoid hauling excessive amounts of food and dealing with frozen items, prepare and eat as much of it as possible. If there’s edible food you don’t want, donate it to a food bank or shelter. If you take food with you seal open containers or transfer the contents to another container before transporting them. Make sure to evenly disperse cans into several boxes so they aren’t too heavy. Limit spending on groceries and kitchen supplies until you move and ensure that you leave behind enough daily supplies.

Declutter the kitchen

The first step for packing up your kitchen is to clean and sort through everything. Take everything out of cabinets and drawers and assess what is worth keeping. Rusty kitchen tools and pointless kitschy items really don’t need to go with you into your new house. Now is a chance to start fresh. Decluttering will reduce the amount of items you need to pack and by creating designated piles to pack, donate and trash you’ll eliminate stress.

Pack Away the Seasons

Holiday dishes, glassware and utensils, summertime barbecue amenities and birthday cake plates are all items that can be packed up or placed in storage immediately. These are items you don’t need all the time, so packing those up won’t disrupt your daily routine.

Use Specific Moving Boxes and Techniques

There are unique, fragile items in the kitchen that you need to pack with proper boxes. Specially designed dish boxes and bubble wrap will protect your breakables, but you can also use dish towels, old newspapers or plastic bags. Stack containers inside one another to save space, avoid making boxes too heavy and pack cookbooks separately. You can also wrap knives in cardboard and tape to protect yourself from the blades. New moving boxes should always be used for kitchen items, as they are sturdier and less likely to break through.

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