Planning a move, whether across the street or across state lines, is one of the most stressful things that most adults will face in their lifetime. It’s for this reason that moving to a new house is not something people usually do regularly.
Along with the many stresses of selling properties and buying properties, finding new jobs, settling kids into new schools, and organizing a mountain of paperwork, the sheer scale of the packing task is usually what turned most people off of moving on a whim.
Pack Right First Time
If you are used to moving to a new house, you’ll understand the importance of packing right, but for most people, moving home is not something they do regularly, and packing mistakes happen.
By following our tips below, you can ensure that your kitchen appliances and kitchenware are packed correctly and safely ready for your house move, whether you’re moving a short distance or thousands of miles.
Get Your Essentials Together
Before you begin even thinking about packing, you must make sure that you have all of the packing essentials.
There is nothing more frustrating than emptying a drawer full of kitchenware ready to put in a box only to find out that you don’t even have a box that is suitable!
Packing Tape – Packing tape comes in a range of shapes and sizes, and ranges colors. We recommend that you use one color per room on either tape or labels (or both) to ensure easy identification when you get to the other end.
Bubble Wrap – Bubble wrap is great for protecting breakables and valuables during your move, but there are more environmentally friendly options such as non-paper towels, scrunched-up newspapers, and even popped corn that you can use in place of bubble wrap in most instances.
Tissue Paper – Tissue paper, like bubble wrap, is a good way to protect breakables on the journey, and tissue paper has the advantage of being able to be put between layers of breakable items such as plates and glasses. There is no need to get specific tissue paper for packing, and TP will do just fine.
Labels and Pens – Labelling your boxes is essential for a smooth and packing experience at the other end. While you’re busy labeling, make sure you use a high-quality marker pen such as a Sharpie on the labels to ensure that nothing will get wiped off during your move.
Boxes – The last item you will need on your list is a range of boxes. Make sure that you don’t overpack your boxes, and it’s better to have more boxes that are lighter and easier to carry than a few very heavy and unwieldy boxes.
Group Items Together
Kitchen items are notoriously difficult to pack, but if possible, you should try to keep similar items together, especially items of a similar size.
This applies, particularly to your cutlery drawer. Cutlery should be separated out according to size and/or type, for example, table forks and dessert forks in a pile each their own, and group together with some tape so that the items stay together, and you ultimately save space in your packing.
When it comes to bulkier items such as plates, bowls, and cooking pots, these items should be packed carefully and in size order, considering how fragile they are.
Layer and Stack Crockery and Pans
Crockery is another part of your kitchen where that comes in all shapes and sizes, but for most people, there will be a selection of bowls and plates that can be easily stacked one on top of the other to save space.
Do make sure that you reduce the risk of breakages due to vibration by putting something in between each item to give it some padding.
Bubble wrap is an obvious choice, but the same effect can be achieved by using paper towels or fabric towels between plates and bowls to stop them from moving during transit.
Aim for Original Appliance Boxes or Similar Sized Boxes
When it comes to small kitchen appliances such as microwaves, bread machines, mixers, and other desktop appliances, having the original box to pack the item back into is handy.
If you were not savvy enough to keep the original boxes for your appliances in your attic, then using a box that is not any bigger than the appliance as necessary is the next best option.
Items such as microwaves are fairly easy to pack because they are square, but other items such as juices and mixers may be more difficult. These items may require more padding from bubble wrap or popcorn, or any other patenting material.
Label All of Your Boxes
We mentioned above that you would need to stock up on your labels, and this is one of the best tips you will get from this article.
Packing kitchenware in boxes and labeling it ‘kitchen’ is a good start, but if you want to be more efficient with your packing, you should give each of your kitchens’ boxes its own color (associated with the kitchen, if you are color-coding the rest of your house) and each box should be labeled with exactly what is inside such as cutlery, plates, and bowls, etc.
For items such as kitchen utensils and other miscellaneous items, putting these loosely in a box should be ok; just don’t forget to label them miscellaneous items.
Embrace Single Use For A Few Days
Moving your kitchenware can be an absolute nightmare; you will always need some form of kitchen utensil right up until the moment you leave your current house for your new house.
It’s for this reason that we suggest either opting for take-out or using single-use crockery and cutlery for a few days on either side of your move so that you have the chance to pack all of your kitchen supplies without needing to use them.
Single-use crockery and cutlery made from bamboo or paper is a great choice as these are compostable.