Guide to Packing Your Kitchen
When it comes to packing up for a move, most people dread tackling the kitchen, with all the dishes, appliances, and silverware crammed onto shelves. And it’s not a task you can quickly rush through, because if you’re not cautious in your packing, you stand the risk of finding broken dishes and wine glasses when you open the boxes in your new place. However, you can escape the common mistakes and get your kitchen packed in less than a weekend. Here are a few tips:
If you still happen to have your appliances’ original boxes and packaging, make use of them. If not, you’ll require medium-sized packing boxes and a little creativity. Prior to packing, ensure that each appliance is clean and dry. Remove the smaller fragments and breakable items, such as glass bowls. Then, find the owner’s manual and attached it to the front of the appliance for easier assembly later. Lastly, use bubble wrap to wrap the fragile pieces and use a double layer of newspaper to wrap the metal or plastic pieces. Place the appliance in the box first and then place the lighter, smaller attachments on top.
Start by adding two layers of bubble wrap on the floor of the box. Wrap each item of dinnerware with a thin layer of packing paper and load them into the box one-by-one, adding an extra layer of bubble wrap in between every couple dishes. For the extremely fragile items like coffee mugs and wine glasses, wrap them individually in old T-shirts or tank tops and save the costs of additional bubble wrap.
Loose silverware is quite annoying to sort out during unpacking and could damage fragile items in shared boxes. To save yourself the headache, start by sorting your silverware according to type. Wrap each different type with an elastic band or string. Finally, place all of the silverware in a small box and tape the box closed with tape.
Pots and Pans
To find a suitable box for your pots and pans, grab your biggest pan and place it into a box both horizontally and diagonally. If you can close the lid securely, the box will work. If not, try a larger box. Once you find the right size, stack your pots and place them in the box. Once the boxes are in, wrap glass lids with thin packing paper and place them underneath the handles of the pans.
Packing is a great time to unclutter your pantry. Sort through the items there and toss out anything past the expiration date. Any food that’s useable but that you don’t want can be donated to a local food bank. For the food you want to keep, use tote bags to carry it to your new place.
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