March 26th, 2014
Grand View Builders realizes that moving into a new house often causes more stress than necessary, so we’re sharing some of the things we’ve learned from seeing hundreds of homeowners move over the years.
Follow along as we share our packing expertise in our new “How To Pack” series. The first room we’ll highlight in our new series is the kitchen. The kitchen is usually the toughest room of the house to pack because it is home to breakables, perishables and objects of varying shapes and sizes. Here are seven steps for a successful kitchen move.
As you survey your cabinets, drawers and pantry, you’ll need to sort, select and simplify. This simply means to review all your items and decide what you want to move with you and what needs to be donated or trashed.
2. Packing supplies
Collect all packing materials, including boxes, tape, bubble wrap and newspaper or another kind of wrapping paper before you start pulling things out of place. For full-sized kitchens, we recommend five large boxes, 10 medium boxes, five small boxes, at least 40 ft. of bubble wrap, a box of packing paper and multiple rolls of packing tape.
3. The essentials
Pull out any essentials you’ll need for the last couple of days before your move. Anything you use on a daily basis (cutlery, bowls, plates and one large pot and pan) can be left out while you pack the rest of your kitchen goods and can be packed in the last small box the day of your move.
4. Dishes, pots, pans and glassware
Your non-essential items and formal crystal, extra china sets, casserole dishes and drinking glasses should be packed before boxing up your most frequently used items. Make sure to carefully wrap all items using moving paper and bubble wrap to ensure nothing breaks during the move. We recommend stacking dishware with sheets of packing paper separating each item. Fitting dishes, pots, pans and baking sheets within one another will save space within your boxes; packing items by categories like glassware, dishware, pots and pans, baking pans and utensils will make it easier to organize your boxes.
Consider purchasing cell boxes for your glassware. These boxes have cardboard compartments to separate your items so they don’t cram into one another. Utilize your dish towels, oven mitts and other soft kitchen items while packing your dishes, pots, pans and glassware will help with extra padding. Don’t forget to include all the lids, too!
Once the major items are wrapped and packed, you can turn your attention to the smaller, looser items like cutlery and cooking utensils. When packing loose cutlery, such as steak and chef knives, we recommend carefully wrapping the knives with paper and securing with tape so the sharp edges do not damage other items or persons during the move. Using large ZipLock bags to hold spatulas, whips, large spoons and measuring cups will contain these items to they don’t float freely in your boxes. Pack these smaller items in boxes that have leftover space to create a more efficient move.
6. The Panty
Pack all your unopened, non-refrigerated perishable items, including cereal boxes, wine and liquor bottles, spices and cans in your pantry boxes. All of these items are best packed in some of your heavy-duty boxes. Dedicating a few boxes to food, cookbooks, trash bags, paper goods, Tupperware, foil, cling wrap and so on, will also help keep your panty goods out of the way from your general kitchenware.
7. Small appliances
If you still have the original packaging for your small appliances, including your microwave, coffee pot, toaster, blender, crockpot and other everyday appliances, use those boxes to repack these items. If you no longer have those boxes, separate each appliance into its own small box. Some appliances may be able to share a box, just make sure to use adequate bubble wrap to keep them from banging into one another and causing damage.
With any move, you want to make sure to label each box with the contents so you can easily find items when unpacking. Try not to over pack any of your boxes as when they get too heavy, you risk the bottom falling out. Making sure to use your deluxe boxes for your heaviest items will reduce this risk. Once you’ve successfully boxed up everything in your kitchen, take a moment to celebrate because you just finished one of the hardest rooms in the house! Check out our Smooth Move blog post for a general moving timeline and checklist. We hope you will continue to follow along our “How To Pack” series for more packing and moving tips.