Toasters! Cups! Forks! If you’ve ever moved, then you know just how much stuff a kitchen can hold. Often it’s the most time-consuming room to pack. But having a plan and a system can help get your kitchen belongings into a well-packed, ready-to-go set of boxes without burning up much time.
Supplies and General Tips
As with any part of moving, having the right supplies on hand can make packing your kitchen much more manageable. Make sure you have the following:
- Boxes. Small-to-medium ones are best for kitchens.
- Tape and magic markers to seal and label boxes.
- Bubble wrap and packing paper to pad fragile items, such as glasses.
Whenever you’ve packed and sealed a box, it’s tremendously helpful to label it. This will be useful both for loading (you don’t want your glassware under your cookware) and unloading (so that your plates don’t end up in the bedroom).
(This article covers small kitchen items. If you want tips on moving your fridge or stove, please see our article on large appliances.)
Clean and dry all appliances, and disassemble any that easily come apart, like blenders. Coil and tape electrical cords to the backs of their respective appliances to keep them out of the way.
Create a bed of packing paper on the bottom of the box you’re using. Wrap appliances in packing paper or bubble wrap and begin to lay them in. It’s a good idea to put glass or other fragile parts in last, so that the rest of the appliances don’t crush them. If there’s extra space where items might shift, fill in those pockets with packing paper.
Packing Utensils and Cookware
One space-saving trick when packing a kitchen is to store small utensils inside larger pots and pans. Another is to securely wrap them up in your utensil tray. Either way, just wrap the utensils in some kind of padding so they don’t spend the entire trip rattling around or scratching your cookware, and label whichever box they go in so you don’t forget where they are.
Cookware is a bit more bulky. To save room, you can stack pots and pans inside each other; just use layers of packing paper between each piece to avoid scratches. Then, put an outer layer of padding around the whole cluster. When it’s time to box larger cookware up, you can use it as the base layer of a box–any higher and it’s likely to crush lighter items.
Glassware takes the most padding of any kitchen item.You should prep any box that will hold glassware with a layer of cushioning packaging material along the bottom. (Some suppliers sell specialized glassware boxes; these can be very helpful.)
Once your box is prepped, wrap each piece of glassware first in paper, then in bubble wrap. Place them carefully in the box, trying not to leave too much space between them–you don’t want them falling around. You can fill up extra space at the top of the box with soft items like blankets, loose clothing, or extra packing material.
Packing individual plates is similar to the other pieces already covered here–you want a piece of paper first, then bubble wrap. If you stack them in a box, start with larger pieces and work your way up to lighter ones. But one overlooked way to make plate transportation safer is to stack them vertically (on their sides) instead of horizontally; this reduces pressure and makes them less likely to bounce and crush other plates.This works best when you have more than enough packing material to keep them from rattling around.
Once you’ve got everything packed, you can move it all to your moving vehicle. Be mindful not to place light or fragile kitchen items under heavier stuff, and take care to see that boxes won’t shift during travel. Beyond that, once you’ve arrived and unpacked, enjoy your new kitchen!