Moving can certainly be a challenging task. With so many rooms in your home to pack and move, you often find yourself overwhelmed and even frustrated just thinking about the endless tasks. Packing efficiently and correctly is a vital component for a successful move. Of all the rooms in your house, everyone will agree that kitchen packing and moving can be the most stressful part of the entire move. Usually, it’s because your kitchen is stocked with endless kitchenware, flatware, pots, pans, appliances, canned, boxed and fresh food. There are an abundance of fragile kitchen items, all of which require specialized handling and packing to ensure the safety of your items.
With that said, the folks here at The Green Truck Moving & Storage Company have put together this useful checklist and helpful tips for your kitchen packing and moving should you decide you want to perform this part of your moving adventure on your own.
First Things First
For starters, it’s a good idea to begin collecting paper for packing fragile items. A few weeks before you start your packing, save all those newspapers, flyers, and coupon mailers you won’t use. You’ll definitely wish you had later! You will need many sturdy boxes in all sizes, or check out our earth friendly Eco Crammers. If you’re looking for free boxes for small things, check with your local liquor stores. These boxes are usually segmented for bottles and are great for glasses, vases, cutlery and other utensils or knick-knacks.
Next, you will need lots of packing paper and/or bubble wrap, small sealable bags, and packing tape. Large, felt-tip markers are also good to have on hand so you can label all the boxes accordingly. Be certain to clearly mark the boxes on the outside with the word “fragile” and perhaps even draw an arrow to show which side of the packed boxes should actually be facing up. Include on your label the contents of your boxes. You’ll be able to quickly find things you may need immediately when you reach your new destination.
Packing Fragile Kitchen Items
When packing your dishes, we strongly recommend you wrap the plates individually in clean packing paper using multiple sheets for protection. Stack those plates of the same size on top of one another with a layer of packing paper between each plate. When packing the wrapped plates do not pack them flat, but rather pack them on their edges. When you pack your bowls with lids, wrap the bowl in paper sheets, place the lid upside down in the bowl and then wrap the entire ensemble together in more packing paper sheets. Lastly, wrap your glasses and cups individually and be sure to protect all the handles with extra paper, and then place them in the box upside down.
Wrapping Small Appliances
When it comes time to wrap your small appliances, like your toaster, blender or coffee maker, be sure to wrap and pack them all individually with lots of crushed sheets of paper or bubble wrap around them. Be careful to attach the cords to the appliances if they are separate so you don’t find them missing at the end of your move.
Instructions for Packing Food
Be smart. Do not take any perishable food items with you since they do not travel well at all. You only want to take those items that you are certain will travel well. Use packing tape to ensure that any open boxes of dried foods, like rice and pasta, are sealed up tightly. Then be certain to place any liquid food items you have that can easily spill during the move into plastic sealable bags and then wrap the bag with additional paper to prevent them from breaking.
The professionals here at The Green Truck Moving and Storage understand full well how frustrating, overwhelming and even fearful making a move can be. We take pride in providing all our clients with our top of the line, moving, packing and storing services and are always on hand to answer any questions and give any direction needed. Further, if you find that you prefer to have our professional teams handle all your kitchen packing and moving then worry no more. Our highly skilled and trained movers and packers stand ready to serve you with your every need.
Why get stressed out and take all the joy out of making that all-important move. Let the friendly and professional experts here at The Green Truck Moving & Storage Company take care of all your needs. Give a shout out to our team today and schedule your in home, pre-move consultation today. We look forward to serving you and to making your next move an experience well worth remembering. What are you waiting for? Contact our team today!!