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  • Kitchen Packing Tips For Moving


    Whenever you are moving or renovating, the overall household routine is simply disrupted! Every room has to be packed and then unpacked in a systematic fashion. In fact, the kitchen is probably the hardest room to pack as it includes daily items, and every drawer, cabinet, and corner has to be emptied! Below, is a step-by-step guide on how to pack up your kitchen in the most systematic way possible.

    Essentials box (last two days): When your moving date is finalized, set aside an essentials box to include the items you will need until the very last day in your current home and the first day in your new home. By doing so, you will keep yourself more organized in the remainder of your packing. Once you've decided your items, you'll be able to set them aside and focus on the other items in your space.

    Infrequent items/decoration items: The next step is to store any items that are infrequently used or decoration items. Oftentimes, these items are breakable. Therefore, ensure there is enough cushioning and packaging while keeping these items. In the moving process, it is unpredictable on how packed boxes will be handled. Therefore, ensure that all items are packed and sealed securely.

    Unopened bottles: After packing up your decorative items, the next step is to move towards any unopened bottles or sealed containers. Right before moving, it is not advisable to open any sealed items, due to a risk of leaking during the move. Therefore, any unopened bottles, such as wine bottles, oil bottles, vinegar; or sealed items such as canned food items, should be packed and only opened after the move.   

    Appliances: Packing appliances should be done a little bit earlier in your kitchen packing process. If items need to be cleaned or disassembled, it make take a little time. To ensure the items are packed appropriately, prepare large appliances for packing at least 24 horus in advance. Dis-assemble them, remove them from their plug points, and clean them before packing them. If you have the original boxes, the pack the appliances accordingly. If there are other boxes, ensure everything is packed securely.

    Pots & Pans, Dishes, Dinnerware: Once your appliances are packed, the next step is the more frequently-required items. Any pots, pans, dishes, drinking cups, tea sets, and dinnerware that is not a part of the essentials box can be packed a few days before your move. For the remaining two days, you can easily use the essentials box. Therefore, the remaining dishes should be packed 3-4 days before your move. 

    Silverware: Once your dinnerware is packed, it is time to pack your silverware. After taking out the items for your essentials box, pack the remaining silverware. An ideal packing solution is a shoebox, where all types of silverware and cooking ladles can be placed without the risk of them moving around.

    Food items: The final item to be packed is food. Whether it is emptying the pantry or the refrigerator, food should be the last item to be packed. Food items include snacks, coffee, tea, frozen foods, and (if possible) leftovers. In the last few days before your move, throw out all of your expired items, and place the remaining in an accessible box or bag. Once you move to your new place, this should be the first box to open, especially if food items need to be refrigerated immediately.

    Spare box: While packing up the kitchen, always keep some spare space. In a kitchen, there are always many small items that get neglected. Therefore, ensure to have some room to quickly place those items as your kitchen empties out!

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