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How To Pack Your Kitchen Before A Move

Published by Chris Townsend

How To Pack Your Kitchen Before A Move

How To Pack Your Kitchen Before A Move

Packing before you move can be a real chore and it’s best to go room by room so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done. The kitchen can be especially challenging since there are often a large number of items that need to be packed and many of them are fragile and require some extra packing material to keep them intact during the move. You’ll find the tips below set out a good set of guidelines for packing the kitchen to make the task easier and packing more efficient.

Packing Materials

Before you start the packing process, be sure that you have all the materials you need. This will make the process more streamlined and you can focus on what needs to be done without running to the store for last minute items that are needed for packing. The main things you’ll need are boxes, tape, markers, plastic wrap, bubble wrap or another type of cushioning that can go between plates and bowls and around dishes. Once you’ve acquired these items, you’re ready to start packing.

Best way to kitchen packing

Separate Essentials

Even if your moving date is only a few days away, you’ll still need some plates, silverware, bowls, glasses, and some cookware so that you can prepare food. The best approach here is to separate the essentials you’ll need to make and eat food, typically one of each item per person in your household. If you have small children, make sure you have the necessary items on hand for them too. As moving day approached, the few items you have remaining can be easily packed without much effort or time commitment.

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Pots & Pans

These items are pretty easy to pack, provided you have the appropriate sized boxes to fit everything. Medium sized boxes tend to be best since a larger box will get heavy and can be awkward to lift and move. When packing pots, put smaller pots inside the larger ones to conserve space, separating them with a layer of protective wrap, cardboard, or paper if you feel it’s necessary.

Silverware, Plates & Dishes

Plates, dishes, glasses, and cups require a little more time to pack since they can break during a move. You’ll want to insulate them from damage by using bubble wrap or cardboard between them to prevent friction that can cause damage. Plates and dishes can be separated by a small layer and stacked in a small box so that they don’t get too heavy.

Silverware should be relatively easy to pack. Once everything is cleaned and placed in a silverware tray, you can simply wrap it a couple times with plastic wrap and you should be ready to go. Silverware can even sit on the bottom of a small box so that you stack other items on top. For knives, it’s important to wrap them so you don’t get injured while unpacking. We’ve found that a layer of bubble wrap and a towel secured with a rubber band can be a good solution. Be sure to lay them sideways in the box pointed in the same direction so you can avoid grabbing them by the blade.

Need to move refrigerated items


You don’t want to move the entire contents of your fridge and pantry so having a plan for meals can be immensely helpful. Try to eat any perishable foods before your move so that they won’t spoil and result in wasted food. If you do need to move refrigerated items, a cooler can be used on moving day to keep everything cool during the trip. Nonperishable foods can be packed early on, but be sure to have enough food on hand to get to moving day, as well as some snacks for the trip itself. Spices are another thing that can be packed early, provided you won’t need them for cooking.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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