In this guide, I’m going to show you the easy way to pack everything in your kitchen.
Last year I moved house, I usually do this every two years as I’m a renter and I like a change of scenery.
Every time I move, I absolutely dread the packing process, especially the kitchen… it’s so overwhelming right?
Well that’s why I created this guide, it allows me to revisit it every time I pack the kitchen, and trust me it works like a charm.
Preparing – What you will need
Preparing to pack your kitchen is essential to a stress free time. Below are all the items that are required a professional move. I do recommend going out and buying any you are missing, as all are essential.
- Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large Boxes
- Packing Paper
- Bubble Wrap
- Padding Paper
- Tie Wraps
- Small Towels
How To Pack Different Kitchenware
It’s important to pack kitchenware in the correct order. Failure to do so will make it much harder. Start with small items such as kitchen utensils, kitchen knives ect, then move onto larger kitchenware. Leave the largest kitchenware for last.
Ensure that you use sufficient packing paper and padding when needed to prevent scratches and injury.
Pots & Pans
Packing Pots and Pans are quite easy, however it does depend on whether they are expensive or cheap.
If you have cheap pots and pans that you don’t need to take extra care of, then simply stack them, and fit them inside a medium sized box. Be sure not to use an extra large box as the pots and pans will be to heavy to pack away into cardboard. If required, use multiple medium sized boxes.
If you have expensive pots and pans, this process is a little longer, but it protects the finish. First, grab some packing paper and completely wrap the first pot or pan.
Once wrapped, wrap another and stack it on top of the first. Carry on the process until you have a stack that you can fit into the medium sized box. Before placing it into the boxes, give the stack a wrap of packing paper for extra protection.
Plates & Bowls
Similar to the above method, you will need a medium sized box, and packing paper.
To start, if they are cheap plates and bowls that you do not mind getting scratched.
You can go ahead and stack them in one big stack, and wrap the entire stack in wrapping paper. You will save time and effort.
If they are expensive plats and bowls then I would recommend wrapping each one individually. Once each one is wrapped, carefully slide them into the box side ways, making sure its a tight fit once all plates are in the box.
This stops any plates or bowels from moving out of place when driving.
Glasses & Cups
Glasses & Cups need to be packed carefully. Shattering just one glass will be a lot of hassle cleaning up. Especially if you have packed your vacuum cleaner.
To start, wrap each glass & cup individually with wrapping paper. I normally double wrap them, since it’s glass. However feel free to only wrap them once if you don’t have too much wrapping paper.
Once each glass & cup is wrapped, fill the box making sure it is a tight fit. #
If there is any extra room at the top of the box once packed, fill this with packing paper to keep the glasses and cups in place when moving the box.
To start, you will only need a small box and packing paper.
For cheap utensils, probably plastic, place them all together. Now wrap them all at once with packing paper and put into a small box, if there is a lot of room left over in the box, dont be afraid to place your cutlery in their aswell.
For expensive utensils, that you do not want to scratch, wrap each one individually and place into a small box. You don’t need to worry about filling the box as utensils are not prone to scratching.
For small appliances, you want to start by unplugging them. Once unplugged, cover the prongs on the plug with a piece of foam. This will protect the prongs.
Now wrap the wire up and attach a tie wrap to keep it together.
The small appliance is now ready to be wrapped.
Start by wrapping the appliance up in padding paper, make sure this is not packing paper which often get confused. Padding paper has padding to protect heavier equipment.
Wrap it up like a Christmas present and tape it up.
Now fill the bottom of a large box with packing paper, place the wrapped appliance in the box, and fill the top with packing paper. Once complete, tape the box up and it’s ready to go.
Knives are dangerous, they need to be packed correctly and safely.
To start use a small towel to wrap around 3-4 knives, make sure you wrap the pointy end of the knife with the towel, the handle can be left for packing paper.
Once wrapped with a towel, use packing paper to wrap around the entire set of knives, since it’s been wrapped with a towel, it will not break through the paper.
Tape it up, and draw on the packing paper which way the knifes are pointing. This will help with safety.
Fill the bottom of a small box with packing paper, put the knives in, and fill with more wrapping paper. Once done, tape the box and they are ready to go.
Ingredients are self explanatory and easy. For those are are looking for the correct way, there really isn’t one.
Just wrap your ingredients with packing paper and stick them in a box.
During my many house moves, I have gathered some quality tips to help with moving. Hopefully these will help you move too. Comment below if you have any of your own special tips for me!
Using removal companies for large appliances is easily my best tip.
Believe me, moving heavy items such as washing machines, fridge freezers and dishwashers is the last thing you want to be doing. Let the professionals take care of these.
They will not only wrap and protect them, but they have special dolly’s designed to make it quick and easy to move from house to house.
There’s no time like tomorrow, well actually… there is.
Make sure you leave enough time to pack everything to stick to your schedule, stressful situations will not help in any way, and running out of time is stressful.
Essentially if you think it will take two days to pack, start a day early! I cannot emphasise how many times I have ran into problems which has left me in a bad position. Don’t be that person!
One Item at a time
Everyone gives the advice of one area at a time. However, this never helped me. It left me confused, and over thinking.
You want to start with one item at a time, usually the smallest items first, and the largest last.
If you start one area at a time, you will probably end up taping a box up, and realising you need to put something into it later. Play it safe and stick to the one item at a time rule!
Moving house is a stressful situation, it always will be. However, by tackling the task with good organisation, it will make it much easier.
Start with the smallest items and work your way up to the largest, and make sure you are padding kitchenware thoroughly to avoid scratches.
Finally, make sure you are following basic rules such as one item at a time, making sure you have enough time and having the right items to help you pack.