Packing any room of the house can be daunting, but the kitchen is doubly so. The sheer number of small items, many of which are shaped irregularly or are of fragile materials, makes the kitchen a packing nightmare. These quantities of odds and ends can overwhelm the most organized of packers. A major mistake in the moving process is to tackle the kitchen packing without a plan. With a helping of foresight and a dash of ingenuity, plus a recipe of packing tips, however, you can make the process simple, tackling it like a professional.
How To Pack and Prep Your Kitchen for Moving Like a Pro
Discard or Give Away Perishable Foods
You will want to have disposed of any perishable foods before the movers arrive. If you do not wish to waste or discard food, you have several options. Donate these foods to a family member or friend, throw a dinner party in which open foods and leftovers get served, or use opened foods to prepare dishes for reheating and eating on the day of the move.
Defrost and Clean the Freezer
Even if the freezer is self-defrosting, unplug it before the arrival of the movers. For the refrigerator to be ready to move, all the ice should be melted and cleared out. To be certain of its readiness, defrost it a full day ahead of time. Disconnect it, placing towels on the floor, so you soak up leaking water. You do not want moisture left inside the refrigerator during a move; neither do you want food debris inside. Either can result in foul smells. Use diluted bleach to wipe it out, cleaning all shelves and drawers separately. Then leave the door open for thorough drying.
Clean the Microwave and Stabilize It
Microwaves can become grimy gradually, resulting in a problem that needs to be remedied before they are turned over into the hands of movers. Clean a microwave by filling a bowl with two cups of water and adding two tablespoons’ worth of white vinegar. Drop a toothpick in so that it will not boil over. Then heat the resulting mixture for five minutes in the microwave. Set the timer for another three minutes. When that is up, you will find the gunk within loosened for an easy wipe-away. When you are finished, leave the door open so it, too, dries thoroughly. For packing, dry the glass tray and package it in bubble wrap for protection; newspaper or packing paper will also suffice.
Packing Kitchen Items
Each drawer and cabinet in a kitchen can be considered a unique moving challenge. Start by sifting out those items that you will not need in the new place. These can be sorted into boxes for sale, donation, and disposal. A good rule of thumb is that if you have not used an item in a year’s span, you are unlikely to use it in the coming years. This streamlining process makes packing easier; every item in one of those three categories needs not be packed and unpacked later.
To get a kitchen properly packed, you will require various sizes of heavy-duty boxes, packing paper or newspaper, labeling markers, and packing tape. Specialty dividers for items like stemware are available to make your life easier and your items safer during transport. Plastic wrap, the type used to contain leftovers, can help keep stacked items held together. This prevents shifting, which can lead to chips, cracks, or worse. When deciding how many supplies to get, think big. You will probably need more than seems necessary.
Determine Essentials to Set Aside
Make a mental note of, or set aside, essential kitchen items that you will use up until moving time and right after you have moved. Each family member will require a plate, cup, bowl, and set of flatware. Leave yourself dish soap, a dish towel, a sponge, and such appliances as a coffee maker. Set aside a box for these kitchen essentials; you can pack them up on moving day.
Plunge into Packing
Go cupboard by cupboard and drawer by drawer. Label things clearly as you go. Keep in mind the ease of unpacking at the other end. Pack for the future, arranging things for the kitchen in which they will be newly housed. Give yourself several days to tackle packing the kitchen. Please do not feel you have to go it alone, but ask for help. If you have room, take your kitchen essentials box in your own vehicle for easy access in the new place. If you have planned well, unpacking will be a breeze, and you will have completed an arduous task well and thoroughly.