Four Tips For Packing A Kitchen

Posted on: 28 March 2016

If you are preparing to move, you will want to learn how to properly pack your belongings. Failing to properly pack can result in broken or damaged items or you using more boxes than you need. A kitchen can be challenging to pack because you have lots of small and breakable goods. Here are some tips to make packing your kitchen more productive without damaging your belongings.

Throw Away Items You Don't Use

Before you even begin to pack up your kitchen, take the time to go through the items that you have and get rid of things you don't need. You may find that you have glasses from restaurants or bars that you have held on to that you never use or spices and canned goods that have expired. While they may seem relatively small, purging the items that you don't use, or that are expired, can help free up space in your boxes and reduce what needs to be packed and unpacked. Also, while you are doing this, make a list of the food you have in your pantry.  Consider planning your meals around these items. Using up the food in your home means you have less to move at a later date.

Utilize the Nesting Technique

As you begin to pack up your kitchen, you will want to utilize the nesting technique whenever possible. The nesting technique gets its name from Russian nesting dolls, where a smaller doll fits inside of a medium doll, which fits in a large doll, which fits inside an extra large doll. One large bowl will take up the same amount of space in a box whether it is left empty or filled up with smaller bowls or cups. This technique can be used with pots and pans, acrylic cups, and plastic kitchen containers. It shouldn't be used with breakable items, as they may crack or break if the items shift or bang on each other during transport. When properly done, the nesting technique can reduce the amount of boxes you need to use to pack up your kitchen, which may also help ensure all of your boxes fit into your moving truck.

Use Plastic or Cling Wrap Around Your Utensil Tray

There are different ways you can pack your forks, spoons and knives. However, one of the easiest ways is to simply use plastic or cling wrap. Leave the utensils in the tray and wrap the tray in a few layers of the plastic wrap, ensuring the tray is wrapped with no gaps or spaces. This helps to keep all of the utensils in one place, making it easy to load and unload. Plastic wrap can also be used around your knife set to hold them in the butcher block, helping to save you from having to individually wrap and pack each knife.

Use Clothing, Towels and Linens as Padding

The last tip is to utilize the clothing, linens and towels you already have when packing up your kitchen in lieu of buying expensive packing materials. For example, you can place a couple of dish towels between your layers of plates instead of using bubble wrap. Or you can roll up your socks and place them inside of your stemware, such as wine glasses, to protect them. And bathroom towels can be rolled and used to fill up dead space in your boxes, helping to ensure your glass bowls, mugs or plates won't shift during transport. You have to move these items anyway, so using them to protect the items you are packing in your material.

Packing a kitchen can be a time-consuming chore. You have many small and breakable items in the kitchen. If your moving deadline is fast-approaching, and you are beginning to worry about not having enough time to pack yourself, or are worried that packing is more than you can take on, a moving company can assist you. They can properly pack up your kitchen, as well as the other rooms in your home, allowing you to focus your time and attention on other tasks that go along with moving.