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How To Prepare, Pack, and Move Kitchen Appliances

Published by Chris Townsend

How To Prepare, Pack, and Move Kitchen Appliances

When making preparations to move your kitchen appliances, it is very important to devote enough time to the process. This is because the kitchen needs a thoroughly planned packing and unpacking strategy than any other room in the house. The preparation for moving kitchen appliances should start long before others and it should be monitored to ensure the plans and arrangements are still intact.

This guide has been furnished with the best tips to help you prepare, pack, and move your kitchen appliances like a pro. These are some of the steps that this guide will walk you through:

How To Prepare Your Kitchen For A Move

It is important to start planning your kitchen as early as possible before the actual moving day. To make the entire moving process as easy as possible, some steps must be judiciously followed. These are simple steps to make certain that your kitchen is prepared for a hitch-free move:

Create A New Meal Plan

If you are moving over a long distance, it will be very difficult to have your food moved to your new location without it getting spoiled on the way. To avoid this, you need to change your meal plan ahead of time.

At least a month before the day you intend to move, create a meal plan that would help use up all your frozen items so that you would not have to bother about preserving them during the move or wasting them because of the inability to carry them along. Creating a new meal plan can also give you the time to use up some food items to ensure that you have fewer things to pack. You can always restock your pantry when you get to your new abode.

Prepare kitchen for a move

Take Time to Have Your Kitchen Decluttered

This is another vital step in preparing your kitchen for a move. Take about a month before your moving day to go through your kitchen and declutter it. Endeavor to get rid of stuff you no longer need in your kitchen to ensure that you only get to pack up relevant stuff with you to your new home. Another reason to declutter your kitchen is the fact that you will have to start with a fresh and new kitchen in your new home, so moving some things that would not be useful in your new home would just be a waste.

Get Packing Supplies

You need to get the right moving supplies to help you pack up your kitchen appliances. These are some of the important supplies you require:

  • Good quality moving boxes in varying sizes:
  • Heavy-duty boxes: these are double-wall and thick boxes that are best for glasses, dishware, and stemware.
  • Medium boxes for packing heavier things like pantry items, silverware, and the contents of your kitchen drawers.
  • Large boxes: ideal for packing lighter, bulkier items like plastic containers, small appliances, and baking supplies.
  • Special boxes with dividers for holding glasses and cups
  • Bubble wrap or cushion: used to protect fragile items such as glassware, ceramics, and any other breakable kitchen utensil.
  • Permanent markers and packing labels
  • Rubber bands are for securing utensils and flatware.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Packing paper
  • Packing tape

If you have any extremely fragile items, like stemware, you’ll want to start thinking about how to pack them safely. Get extra bubble wrap and packing paper so you can protect them. Getting the right packing supplies would reduce your stress on the move day.

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Pack The Nonessentials

It is understandable that you require the service of your kitchen even on the day of the move, but isn't a week before the move a good time to start packing up some of the stuff in the kitchen? There are definitely some kitchen appliances that you don't get to use all the time. You can start by picking up those. For example, holiday dishes, specialized small appliances, or kitchen duplicates won't be needed within a week of the move day, so make sure to pack them up and arrange them long before the move.

How To Pack Your Kitchen Appliances

Packing your kitchen for a move is not an easy task. As a result, these tips have been provided, and if strictly followed, you can be assured of a very smooth, easy, and hitch-free move. These tips will help ensure that your kitchen appliances get to your new home safely:

Packing Dishes

The dishes are very fragile and quite heavy. This makes them very precarious to move, and as such, packing them safely requires more care and attention.

It is important to create a cushioning layer of about six to seven inches of crumpled packing paper at the bottom of each dish box as well as wrap every item with packing paper. This will provide an extra cushion.

  • When packing plates, you should make sure they are made to stand erect in the dish box. This would reduce the risk of breakage.
  • Make sure you place a plate on a sheet of packing paper, after which you must place a layer of bubble wrap over the plate before placing another plate on top of it. You can do this until you have about a stack of four plates. Wrap the stack in plastic wrap before placing it in the box.
  • Ensure there is no free space in the dish boxes. Make sure you fill up the dish box with crumpled packing paper to guarantee that everything stays secure.
Ensure to use packing paper

Packing Glassware

Do not use just any box to pack your glassware. Make sure you make use of specialized boxes with cardboard dividers. This will help to keep your fragile glassware in one place without touching one another. Do not place any items on top of any glassware. Ensure to use packing paper or bubble wrap to ensure they are securely wrapped. This would ensure their safety in the course of moving.

Packing Kitchen Utensils

You can pack your kitchen utensils in groups:

  • Pack your silverware (cutlery), i.e., all forks, spoons, and knives into groups of about 4-6. Secure each group with a rubber band, after which you can use packing paper to wrap it.
  • Ensure you securely wrap your kitchen knives so that the sharp edges would not be exposed. When packing kitchen knives, make sure you do not keep them in boxes standing upwards to avoid any hazards. Large kitchen knives should be stored in a storage container.
  • Pots, pans, and other cooking utensils shouldn't be packed more than two or three in a box because of the size and weight. You must ensure that you fill up the empty spaces in the box with packing paper to keep them secure.
  • Smaller pots and pans should be nestled together to make sure they can securely enter one box. This is a way to minimize boxes.

Packing Small Appliances

Packing and moving small and medium-sized kitchen appliances can be very problematic and require a lot of work to get them properly arranged. With these tips, the process can be made easier and faster:

  • To ensure these appliances securely fits into the box, get a box the size of those appliances. Do not place these together with other items in one box; every appliance must be kept in its box.
  • You must ensure all empty spaces within the box are filled with crumpled packing paper.
  • Make sure accessories are removed from the appliances, then wrap them separately.
Easy way to packing large appliances

Packing Large Appliances

Packing large kitchen appliances takes a lot of time and preparation to properly execute, especially large kitchen appliances like gas cookers that are connected to gas or water lines.

  • On that note, make sure to start the defrosting process of your freezer as early as possible so that it will be ready before moving day.
  • At least a few days before your move day, make sure any large appliances you plan to take with you to your new home have been disconnected and are not in use.
  • Clean up any appliances that you intend to take with you as you relocate to your new home.

Packing Food

To prevent food from spoiling during transportation, use a cooler and plenty of ice to pack food from your refrigerator or freezer. Health and safety regulations prohibit moving companies from transporting perishable foods.

Packing Pantry Items

  • Due to the weight of cans and dry goods, use small boxes.
  • To further cushion items, in between layers of packing paper or bubble wrap can be placed.
  • Plastic bags (or wrap breakable containers of liquid in plastic) can help prevent spills.

How To Move Your Kitchen Stuff

When you're done packing the kitchen, you shouldn't start loading up the boxes until you've finished everything else. It's best to place your kitchen boxes last on the moving truck so you can unload them first when you get to your new house. You will be able to begin unpacking the kitchen immediately, so you can begin using it immediately.

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Final Thoughts

As soon as you have properly packed and prepared your kitchen appliances, you will need to consider how you will move all your other household pieces as well. If you want help from a professional, you can reach out to Three Movers to help you with whatever you may require. Three Movers is a reliable moving company that can help you have a stress-free move to your new location.

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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