6 Moving Tips For A Perfectly Packed Kitchen

Moving means keeping your wits together and whether you are single or part of a family the kitchen is one place that will present great challenges. For most people the kitchen is the last place to be packed and the first to be unpacked. This is because food and drink rule our lives.

Since a kitchen is well stocked with appliances, pots, pans, and umpteen small items it generally presents the most difficulties. The way to tackle the mammoth task is stick to the ABCs, find out what you need, what can be given away, and keep your choices simple and without emotions. So create two sections: take with you and give away. Those that are categorized under give away should be disposed off without a second thought. Have a garage sale or give away to charity. Useless non functional things should be just thrown away.


1. Before packing make an essentials box. It should contain the bare necessities of life to tide you over until you unpack completely. The box should have: dish soaps, towels, cleaner, salt, pepper, sugar, tea, instant coffee, a toaster, jam, peanut butter, pasta sauce, cheese, biscuits, baby and pet food, kitchen tools like knife, spatula, and can opener, a match box, torch, and an emergency tool kit.

2. Buy packing material in different sizes: large boxes for cutlery, baking tins, spice racks, and so on; medium boxes for appliances, pantry stuff, silverware, books; and heavy duty boxes for fragile items. Be sure to get bubble wrap, zip lock bags, labels, markers, and sealing tape.

3. Pack section wise so that when you unpack things that go together stay together. Put small things like nuts, covers, and keys into zip lock bags.

4. For breakables use cell boxes. Wrap fragile items in newspaper, towels, and sheets. If any thing is very expensive or an antique hire professional packers for these items so that you can be sure they arrive safely.

5. Only take light and expensive things with you. Use or give away canned and frozen foods. Keep the moving costs in mind when deciding what should be packed and moved.

6. Get all appliances serviced and packed for the move in accordance with instructions given in their manuals. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer. A great site is http://www.appliance411.com , they have information on appliances. Before packing check with the owner of your new home whether there are any appliances, some rental premises have appliances fitted.

Give away fruits, vegetables, perishables, as well as open cleaning supplies. Pay special attention to insecticides, paints, turpentine, car oils, and coolants, these are dangerous and can cause harm to kids and animals.

The golden keys are: can x, y, z be replaced and is it too expensive to move; is x, y, z very rare and the expense of moving worth it. When packing, keep a ready reference list of your new home and its dimensions and the space available in the kitchen and whether or not there is a pantry.

If you pack right then unpacking will be a breeze and your kitchen will be functional in no time at all. It’s all about being organized and disciplined.

Source by Aaron Brooks

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