The kitchen is a complicated room to pack. Small appliances, pots and pans, dishes, and so much more. Cupboards, drawers, appliances, every type of something of every size; and, generally an abundance of items. There’s also the fragile items and breakable kitchen items; and, the sharp and pointed items. AAA City Removalist offers the following tips to make packing your kitchen less challenging.
Your first task is to gather your packing materials. Have your Packing Materials before you start to sort. Save time multi-tasking- sorting, packing, or pre-packing items.
Likely, the first items you’ll remove from your cupboards is food. Possibly, the move is a short distance, and some of those fridge items would make it to your new home before they warm. Regardless, if you’ve hired Professional Movers, they will not move perishable foods. Non-perishable foods can be packed; however, most often, it is costlier to move the foods then replace the foods. Canned foods, foods in glass, etc. are heavy items, increasing the shipping weight of the load.
Have your Boxes, wrap, and cushioning materials handy as you sort your fragile plates and glassware. While sorting, give each one a good look to decide if it is worth taking. Remember, the less you pack and move, the less weight of the load and space required. Useless items add cost to the move.
Prepare dish boxes, reinforce each with tape, and place crumpled paper or bubble wrap sheets on the inside for a cushioning layer. When wrapping china plates, do so one at a time. Place your wrapping paper on a flat surface, position one plate in the middle of the paper, place a few sheets over the top of the plate, and wrap and tape. If the plate has great value, add a layer of bubble wrap. Plates can be bundled using this technique. Place plates in a dish box and positing them into the box on their edge to reduce pressure. Plates should never be placed flat into a box. Fill all gaps in the box with pieces of paper. Adding paper or bubble wrap will help to avoid slippage while in transport. Close the top of the box and secure with tape. Label the box and include any handling instructions on the box.
Like your dishes, sort your glasses and get rid of any that may be chipped, cracked, or no longer needed. Place sheets of bubble wrap or crumpled paper on the bottom of all boxes that will hold the crystal. Reinforce the bottom and sides of the box with tape. Place a few sheets of packing paper on a flat surface and place a glass flat on the paper. Tuck one of the corners of the paper inside of the glass and then use the other corners to wrap the glass into a tight bundle. Tape to keep secure. When packing stemware glasses, wrap bubble wrap around the stems for added protection. Tape the bubble wrap to secure. Pack the glasses into the pre-padded boxes with the opening of the glasses facing down. Fill all gaps with paper or bubble wrap. Once the box is filled, place bubble wrap on the top of the box and close and seal with tape. Label the box and include any special handling instructions.
Of all utensils, your knives will be the toughest. Go through your utensils and sort those you’ll take from those you’ll leave behind. Sort the pieces according to size and type. Place a few sheets of packing paper on a flat surface and place six or so forks or spoons of the same length onto the paper. Wrap the paper tightly around the pieces. Tape the bundle and transfer it to a small or medium-sized cardboard box. The box should not be too large, as utensils can become too heavy for a box. Fill all gaps and tape and label the box.
Place wrapping paper on a flat surface. Take one knife and place it diagonally on two pieces of paper. Roll the paper over the knife to cover. Place another knife with its blade pointing the opposite direction onto the paper. Roll the two paper sheets again to cover the knife. Continue until running out of paper. Typically, you should be able to wrap about five knives within one bundle. Wrap two fresh sheets of paper around the knives and tape. Place in the box. Close the box and label.
Pots and pans have one advantage; they aren’t fragile. However, they are heavy and require protection to arrive at your new place in one piece. Sort pots and pans and separate those you’ll take from those you’ll leave. Place sheets of wrapping paper flat and place the pot or pan on the paper and wrap. Tape and place in a medium-sized box. Close the box, tape, and label.
Small appliances will likely be the easiest of all kitchen items to pack. If you have the original boxes of the appliances, use them to pack the items. If you no longer have the boxes, find boxes similar in size and pack. Before placing an appliance in a box, wrap the electric device in soft packing paper for added protection.
Larger appliances like the dishwasher and refrigerator should be wrapped in moving blankets. If possible, have Top Removalists remove the large appliances. At the least, you will need help to move the heavy appliances, as well as the proper equipment like a moving dolly.
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