A kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house, and packing it up for a move can be a daunting task. There are so many different items to pack up, from dishes and cookware to small appliances and food. But with a little bit of planning, you can pack your kitchen quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips on how to pack a kitchen for moving:
Start by packing up non-perishable food items, like canned goods, dry goods, and spices. These can be packed into boxes or bags and stored in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to move them.
Next, pack up your dishes and glassware. You’ll want to use sturdy boxes for these items, and you may want to wrap each dish individually in bubble wrap or newspaper for extra protection.
Small appliances can be packed into boxes or bags as well. Be sure to unplug them and clean them before packing them up.
Finally, pack up your pots and pans. These can be stored in boxes or wrapped in towels or blankets for extra padding during the move.
With these tips, you’ll be able to pack your kitchen quickly and efficiently!
Start packing up your belongings a week in advance of your move. As you begin to pack up your kitchen, set aside a few essential items that you will need for the week, such as plates and pots.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to acquiring packing supplies for the kitchen is that you’ll probably need more than you think. A family-sized kitchen will need about five small boxes, ten medium boxes, five large boxes, three extra large boxes, and about three rolls of packing paper (four to five pounds total).
The best type of box to use for heavier items is a medium box. This type of box has thick, double-walls which makes it perfect for packing fragile items.
If you can, start planning to pack up your belongings six weeks before you move. In the beginning, you’ll need to do some prep work, like getting rid of things you don’t want, cleaning, and buying boxes and other supplies for packing. The last two or three weeks before the move is when you can actually start packing.
Start by setting aside your essential items and packing this box last. It’s best to use larger boxes for heavy items at the bottom and lighter items on top. Medium boxes are best for appliances, pots and pans, and less breakable items. Small boxes are best for canned food and pantry items.
The most common way to determine how many packing boxes you need is to look at the square footage of your home. A larger home will usually have more items, making square footage an important factor in determining how many packing boxes you’ll need.
To protect odd-shaped items, disassemble them as much as possible and place cushioning materials inside any hollow places. Protect protruding parts with bubble wrap and then wrap the entire item in packing paper, bubble wrap, or foam sheeting. Use packing tape to hold the wrapping in place.
To pack glasses securely, start by selecting a sturdy and secure box. Crumple several sheets of packing paper and layer on the bottom of the box. You can also use sheets or towels for added protection.
Wrap each individual glass with packing paper or bubble cushion wrap, making sure to tuck in any loose ends so the glass is completely secure. Layer the wrapped glasses in the box on top of the crumpled paper, adding more crumpled paper between layers if needed.
Use wrapping materials such as newspaper, packing paper, bubble cushioning roll, socks, clothes, blankets, and towels to protect your things. Wrap fragile items such as picture frames, mirrors, furniture, TVs and the like — and bundle up items that you pack inside of boxes.
Use extra cushioning for fragile items, and try to keep the box as light as possible.
On average, American kitchens are about 160 square feet. To pack up a kitchen of this size you’ll need 2-4 small boxes, 5-6 medium boxes, 4 large boxes, 2 extra-large boxes, and 4-6 dish barrel boxes.
To keep stacks together, tightly wrap them in plastic wrap. To use the space around your plates and bowls, pack odds and ends. The easiest way to pack flatware is to use plastic wrap to wrap around the tray and then place it flat inside a box.
Use bubble wrap on the oven knobs and any other protruding part to protect them from damage during transportation. Then, wrap the oven with moving blankets from all sides and secure with packing tape.
To pack flatware, wrap plastic wrap around the tray and place it flat inside a box. Add additional serving utensils on top, either loose or wrapped in packing paper (if they’re delicate).
Pack the cutlery by placing a stack of cutlery on the corner of packing paper and rolling them in two or three sheets, tucking in the extra paper as you roll. Then place the bundle on its side in the box and move on to the next items.
You can download a packing app like Move Planner or Sortly to help you inventory your belongings one month before the move. Begin packing decorations that serve no practical purpose and items you seldom use, such as China, holiday décor, and anything in your storage room.
A full day should be allocated for packing per room, with the amount of time doubled if there are a lot of things. For example, it would take 1-2 days to pack a studio apartment; 2-3 days for a one-bedroom; and approximately 7-8 days for a five-bedroom.
Pack plates vertically in the box instead of horizontally to prevent them from breaking. Place at least 2 layers of crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box for cushioning. Put a layer of bubble wrap, cardboard, or a foam plate in between each plate for additional protection.
To avoid breakage, wrap each plate and glass individually in soft, spongy clothes like t-shirts and socks. Pack them tightly in a thick cardboard box, filling any gaps with additional clothes.
Pack the dishes by standing them up vertically on a thick layer of packing paper in a small box. Add additional bundles until the box is packed snugly. Stuff the top and all four sides with more packing paper, then tape shut.
Wrap two more sheets of packing paper around the stack of glasses, tucking in the ends, to create a neat package. Then, wrap them with a layer of bubble wrap and seal the end with a piece of tape.
Open boxes of dried or powdered foods such as rice, macaroni and cereals should be sealed with tape before packing them in a large carton. Small containers of herbs and spices, condiments, bouillon cubes, gelatin, flavorings, etc. should be placed together in a small box before packing in the large carton.
You will need between 10 and 15 small boxes, 3 and 5 medium boxes, 2 and 3 large boxes, 2 and 3 wardrobe boxes, and 3 and 5 medium heavy duty dish pack boxes for a one-bedroom apartment.
If you are moving house and have decided to do your own packing, these timeframes can be used as an estimate:
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A general rule of thumb is that you will need 10 small, 8 medium, and 5 large packing boxes per room. However, this will vary depending on the size and contents of the room.
1,200 to 2,000 square feet will require 32-40 small boxes, 25-45 medium boxes, 16-26 large boxes, or 10-13 extra-large boxes. ll boxes, 25-45 medium boxes, 16-26 large boxes, or 10-13 extra-large boxes.
Author: Jay Baxter
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