The kitchen is one of the most difficult areas to pack. A wide variety of things must be packed: appliances, glasses, utensils, etc.
How do you move a kitchen? Make sure you are ready to dive in before you actually do.
Grab a pencil and some paper, sit down and make a list. This list should include what you want to pack immediately, what you want to wait on, what is breakable, what you are going to get rid of, and the timeline you want to achieve all of this in.
After you finish your list, gather the supplies you need. The supplies should include your packing boxes, bubble wrap, newspaper, tape, labeling supplies, blankets and anything else you anticipate needing to pack.
Obtaining your supplies will keep you motivated. Having them on hand will prevent unexpected road bumps while packing.
Start With the Big Appliances
If you were to hire UF Mover Guys, we would likely start with the big appliances. Once these appliances are packed, you can fit the small utensils around them to save space in packing.
Also, large items are quicker to pack and will present the appearance of having the kitchen further along than it is, which helps you stay motivated to keep going. Then you can start with the breakables.
Packing fragile dishes will take a long time because you will want to wrap them carefully to make sure they don’t get damaged during the move. You need to stack them carefully in the boxes, and you need to make sure the boxes are stacked appropriately in the truck the way professional movers would stack the boxes.
You could always just hire us to do this for you. We will have the supplies to pack appropriately, the expertise to do it right and the experience to do it fast and efficiently.
When packing your kitchen, unless it is moving day, you will want to keep the things you will actually continue to use until the move unpacked. The last thing you will want is to be unpacking your boxes to pull out items you need to use.
Common items to pack are serving dishes, all-in-one makers, even toasters and blenders if you don’t use them daily.
Always make sure you label your boxes with words like fragile, breakable, kitchen, and this side up. Lack of labeling has resulted in many broken dishes over the years.
What about the Food?
Food is the one area everyone has a hard time with. If you aren’t going to consume your food before the move, get it packed.
One place people often struggle with is canned items. Pack these in small boxes because they will get heavy and fast. You will find yourself unpacking cans if you don’t follow this advice because you won’t be able to lift the box, and even if you can the box is likely to break.
Start using items that will go bad, and stop buying refrigerated and frozen items until the move. You will be shocked at how much food you throw away if you don’t consider this process immediately.
Cookbooks are just like cans; be careful not to back too many of them in one box. How much can paper weigh? If you don’t follow this advice you might find out in an unpleasant way.
UF Mover Guys have this technique down and are ready to help you with any questions you have.
Lastly, remember that you still have tables, chairs and possibly other large items that you won’t necessary pack in boxes but you need to account for when loading the truck.