When it comes to moving, whether it’s around the corner or across the ocean, one thing is for sure - people fear it. They fear it mostly because of the change in their lifestyle, but it goes without saying that preparing for your relocation is no child's play either. You have to find packing materials, do all the packing, and all the heavy lifting. When you add packing your kitchen for relocation, things can get a lot more complicated. One can say that packing up dishes, appliances, and all those little kitchen knick-knacks can be a nightmare. You have to be really careful in order to avoid ending up with shattered glass. But, do not worry, there is a way to do this easily and move in a stress-free manner.
How to Pack Your Appliances
Let us start with the 'easiest' part. For packing your appliances, it would be great if you had their original boxes. However, if you do not have the original boxes, you will need to measure each of your kitchen appliances separately and get boxes that fit accordingly. In some cases, you can buy moving boxes you need from professional movers such as Master Moving Guide, or you can get them at your local hardware store or stationery shop. Once you have all your packing supplies, you can ready the appliances for shipping. First clean and dry them thoroughly! If there is a possibility to disassemble a piece, it's highly recommended to do that as well. Be sure to wrap all the pieces individually using plastic wrap and/or packing paper. Put everything in the box - heavier items on the bottom, lighter items on top. Do not forget to label the pieces of appliances that go together.
How to Pack Dinnerware
Packing dinnerware can be the most tiring and stressful part of your entire packing experience. A lot of things can break so every move has to be extra careful. This task will probably take up a lot of your time, so be prepared to spend an entire weekend in your kitchen. If this sounds vexing and you want to find a way to deal with stress when moving and packing up your kitchen, try hiring professional movers. If you'd like to go the DIY route, here is what you need to do. To begin, you will need a lot of plastic wrap and packing paper since you will be packing each plate and glass individually. Yes, that will take a lot of packing materials, but it is the only way to ensure that your dinnerware arrives at its destination in one piece. If you want to save some money, you can also use t-shirts, towels and kitchen cloths for wrapping some of your fragile pieces.
How to Pack Pots and Pans
Packing pots and pans is probably the easiest part. This is because pots and pans are hard to break, which is why they do not need much securing nor preparation. Just find some large box, and start stacking your pots and pans inside one another. You should always start with heavier pieces on the bottom, and move your way up with the lighter ones. It would also be a good idea to put some towels or kitchen cloths at the bottom of your box in order to avoid any scratches. If there is a lot of room inside the box, try to fill out that space with something to make sure the pieces do not move inside. Professional movers would use packing peanuts, but you can use some old magazines or newspapers to fill up the space up. Be sure to pack the glass lids just as you would the dishes.
How to Pack Silverware
It may seem that packing up forks and spoons is an easy task. But when you start unpacking and notice that everything is scattered around or lost, you will realize that you some care must go into packing all your utensils. Save yourself from the headache, and pack your silverware the right way the first time around. Sort everything according to the type and size. Then, use a rubber band to wrap all pieces of one type together. Finally, find an old shoebox and put all the pieces inside. Just make sure that you tape and seal the box from every possible side using duct tape. Do not skip any step! Just like your children and pets need to be prepared for the relocation, so does your kitchen.
How to Pack Food
If possible, try to avoid packing food. Clean and declutter as much as you can before the moving day arrives. That is a great way to save both time and money. Less food, less packing. If you do not know what to do with your leftover food, do not throw it away! Donate everything to your local shelter. If you have some bottles and jars, secure the lids first, then wrap them in towels or cloths and place inside the box. Other food that is in boxes or bags should only be placed in another bag and placed carefully into the box. If you want to have an eco-friendly move, instead of using plastic bags, use paper ones. Just remember to unpack the food boxes first, once you arrive at your new home.