The kitchen is typically the hardest room to pack in preparation for moving day. Stocked with flatware, bulky drawers, plates and bowls, food and large appliances, careful planning is critical before any packing begins. As we recommended in our household moving tips, start by making a list of which items you plan to move to your new home, as well as which items you will be discarding, donating, or placing in storage. After you’ve identified what you are planning to pack and move, follow the tips below to ensure a successful moving day.
Kitchen Packing Tips
How to move a kitchen begins with understanding how to pack a kitchen. By following these simple steps, you can save time and keep your items safe during transport.
- Essential Items Box – Pack up a box of essential items that you will need on your first day in your new home. Make sure this is set aside from the other kitchen items you are packing. Examples of essential items may include coffee, soup, cereal, bottles of water or other non-perishable goods, as well as paper plates, napkins and flatware.
- Less Frequently Used Items Next – Pack up your less frequently used items next. Less frequently used items could include cookie sheets, pie pans, cook books or serving plates.
- Packing Pots and Pans – Once you’ve segregated and packed your essential and rarely used items, you can begin working through the everyday items in your kitchen. Packing pots and pans first is recommended because these larger, sturdier items could create space by having other lighter boxes stacked on top of them during the packing and moving process.
- Packing Dishes for Moving – You will want to be more careful when packing dishes for moving than you were when packing pots and pans. We suggest you wrap each plate with the proper moving and packing supplies like bubble wrap or packing paper to keep your dishes as safe as possible during transit. It’s also important to keep your boxes tightly packed so the dishes are not able to shift around inside while being moved.
- Packing Pantry Items – Some of your pantry items will find their way into the essentials box, but the remaining should be packed together to make it easier to unpack and organize your new kitchen after you move. All non-perishable items should be packed with like categories, along with sandwich bags, chip clips, food containers and other products.
- Prepare your appliances – Lastly, after all of your kitchen items have been packed, prepare your appliances for moving and transport. You can check out our Infographic for step-by-step details on how to prepare your kitchen appliances for moving day.
Kitchen Packing Tips: Create Space with Self-Storage
Moving a kitchen begins with proper planning and packing. By labeling all of your boxes and packing your dishes for moving according to the tips identified above, you will save time and keep your kitchen items safe. Before your moving vans arrive, however, you can save additional time while creating extra space in your new home by placing some of your kitchen items in a self-storage unit. This solution could be helpful for storing appliances that may not fit into your new kitchen. This may also be a great solution for appliances and other kitchen items that are still in good condition but being replaced in your new home.
If you have any self-storage questions while packing and moving your kitchen, our ezStorage staff would be happy to help. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you find the storage unit that best fits your needs while also providing the moving and packing supplies that your project requires. Stop by any of our 45 locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area to learn more.