Tips on Safe and Efficient Kitchen Packing
In spite of its relatively small size, the kitchen is often the most time consuming and stressful room to pack. Not only is the number of items significantly greater, but many of which require careful wrapping due to its fragility. But there’s no need to fret!
We have prepared a simple list to make this burdensome task as hassle-free as possible.
Prepare a Box for Essentials
Before you start packing, make sure you have all the things you need to prepare food for the last couple of days before the move and your first few days in your new home. Having to unpack these items all over again consumes time that could otherwise be spent on other moving chores. Essentials such as a few plates, silverware, cutlery, dish detergents, dishtowels, glasses and some appliances should be set aside until the day of the move.
Sort and Simplify
The rule of thumb for a quick and cost-efficient move is to dispose and discard items that are no longer necessary. Go through each storage compartment, and select the items that you wish to dispose of. Donate to charitable organisations or gift to friends and neighbours any item that you are unable to sell but is still in good condition.
Gather Packing Supplies
- Large Boxes — for lightweight items(e.g. plastics, baking utensils)
- Medium Boxes – for heavier items(e.g. pots and pans, cutlery, silverware small appliances, cookbooks)
- Heavy Duty Boxes – for fragile and breakable items(e.g. glasses, plates, alcohol bottles)
- Bubblewrap, butchers paper, newspaper or any other material that can be used as padding for breakable items
- Packing Tape
- Markers and Labels
- Twine, rope, straw or any other material that can be used to secure appliances
Eat Your Heart Out
Okay. Maybe not, but it is better for you to consume as much as food as you can to reduce the number of things you have to pack. Generally, bottled non-perishable items such as cooking oils, specialty oils and liquor are safe to move. However, you should determine whether it is worth the cost of moving.
Plan it weeks in advance to make sure that you will not be wasting anything as moving food is not only costly but also unsafe in many instances.
The Actual Packing Process
- Non-breakable cookware (that is not included in the essentials) should be the first item you should pack. Place them on the bottom of each box so that it will be easier to stack breakable items on top of them later on.
- Appliances that have doors (e.g. refrigerators, microwave oven, etc.) should be securely fastened with tape or rope to prevent it from swinging open while in transit. Make sure that these appliances are completely emptied before being fastened.
- To reduce the hassle of having to unpack everything once you’ve arrived in your new home, leave all silverware and cutlery in containers, and wrap the containers with cling wrap. Corks should be placed on the tip of knives to prevent them from puncturing the walls of containers and boxes. When an item is too big to be placed inside a container, wrap it in layers of butchers paper and place it in a small box.
- Place cookbooks and other reading material in a separate box. If there is shortage of space, you may place them at the bottom of boxes similar to non-breakable cookware. Just make sure that the surface is even to maximize space and prevent breakage.
- Wrap fragile items such as plates, bowls, glasses, stemware and bottles with bubble wrap or butchers paper. Stack them on top of the non-breakable kitchenware. Make sure that the walls of boxes where they will be placed are also lined with the said materials to mitigate the occurrence of breakage.
- Miscellaneous kitchen utensils such as oven mitts, dish towels, rags, sponges should be placed in a separate box. You can also use the mitts and towels as extra padding for breakable items.
- Pack the “essentials” accordingly, and label the boxes.
We hope that the tips we have provided will be useful in preparing and packing your kitchen items efficiently and minimise the damages that may be incurred while in transit.
Take a look at some of these instructional videos on how to pack items to ready your kitchen for a move.
Have fun packing and let us know when you’re ready to move!
Sean has been in the removalist industry for many years, and is an expert in moving. He prides himself on helping people move with as little hassle to them. Connect with Sean O’Hagan