Packing your kitchen can be the easiest and toughest part of your house packing job – it just depends how you choose to go about it. With the right supplies, the right planning, and the right skill on hand, then packing your kitchen can take a single afternoon. But if you don’t do it right, you might end up with boxes full of spoiled food and broken dishes.
In this short guide, our furniture removalist Brisbane team has prepared a step-by-step guide on packing every part of your kitchen: from your food, to your utensils, to your glassware, and finally – the kitchen appliances. Enjoy!
Packing Your Food
Let’s start with packing your food. Firstly, you have to ask yourself: do you really want to pack any food and bring it with you to your new place? Some professional movers actually advise against moving perishable foods, simply because they can spoil, attract pests to the truck, and end up making a much larger mess than it’s worth it.
In most cases, you’re better off spending your last two weeks eating all of your food at home and then just buying new food for your new house. However, if you insist on packing some food for your trip, here’s what you have to do:
- Sort through your cupboards and refrigerator and make four groups of food: frozen food, boxed and canned food, refrigerated food, and glass container food.
- Eat and use as much of the food as you can prior to the trip, to make your packing and moving easier.
- Delicate foods such as sugar and rice in bagged containers should be transferred to sturdy and reliable bags or Tupperware. Food in glass containers such as sauces and jellies should be transferred to plastic containers.
- Pack them into boxes, ideally medium or small moving boxes. Seal and label all food boxes properly, with a list of all the food items in each box.
Packing Your Utensils
Unlike food, your silverware is almost always a packing priority. Why buy an entire household’s new set of utensils when you have perfectly fine knives, spoons, and forks at home? However, packing your silverware can take some careful planning, particularly due to the sharp edges involved. Here’s what you should do:
- Sort through your silverware cupboards and drawers. Look for any pieces that are not worth taking with you – damaged, broken, rusty silverware should just be left behind and replaced.
- On a clear flat surface, such as a table or floor, group your remaining silverware according to the size of the pieces and the type.
- Lay out 2-3 sheets of paper on a flat table, and then place a bundle of each group of silverware on the paper. Try to keep the types together, and limit each bundle to about 7-8 pieces.
- Roll the papers together, rolling them over each bundle. Tape them tightly at the top, midsection, and bottom, making sure that it’s neat and tight.
- Position each bundle inside of the box carefully, ensuring that no tips are sticking out of the paper rolls. Tape, label, and seal the box properly.
Packing Your Glassware And Plates
Packing your glassware and plates can be difficult, as these are the most delicate parts of your kitchen. This means you really need to utilize your bubble wrap to maximise the cushioning between each packed item. Here’s how to do it:
- Sort through all your glassware and dishes. Decide which ones are worth taking with you and which ones you should leave behind. Anything that looks old, broken, cracked, or just downright unappealing should be left in the bin.
- Place them into groups by size and type. Make sure that all dishes and glasses are grouped properly, because this is the easiest way to make sure nothing breaks during the move.
- One by one, wrap each individual plate, glass, and other dish in a layer of wrapping paper, a layer of bubble wrap, and another layer of wrapping paper. Feel free to add an extra layer of outer bubble wrap for extra protection.
- Set them in their respective moving boxes. Between each new stack or row of dishes, set down a layer of paper and bubble wrap for greater protection.
- Check the tightness of the box. If it feels as if the dishes and glasses might move around during the trip, stuff the empty spaces with old newspapers or other paper. This will tighten them in position, keeping them from knocking around during the ride.
Packing Your Appliances
Once you’ve packed everything described above, the hardest part of your kitchen packing is done. Kitchen appliances are relatively easy – they’re like any other type of furniture, and your only headache should come with the heavy lifting.
Here are some tips and reminders for your kitchen appliances:
- For the smaller appliances, it’s ideal to pack them in their factory boxes. If you no longer have their factory boxes, then wrapping them with bubble wrap and sealing them in a fitted box should work fine.
- Larger appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators will need some careful handling. The last thing you want to do is damage your larger appliances on the move to your new home.
- It’s always advisable to use professional help when moving larger kitchen appliances, to minimise the risk of breaking anything.
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