10 Tips for Packing Your Kitchen When Moving House
When you are moving house, the kitchen can be one of the most difficult rooms to pack up. It has a plethora of sizes and shapes of objects and so many drawers of organised or disorganised gadgets, appliances and utensils. It can be a minefield to sort through. This guide will help provide ten tips to help make packing efficient and as smooth of a process as possible.
Sort & Select
When it comes to packing up the kitchen, take this opportunity to clean out any dusty old appliances you no longer use so you do not take along unwanted items with you to your new home. Make sure you have a “home” for the items you won’t be taking and check that you’re not moving items you want to get rid of. This can be done by separating appliances, etc., into designated spaces, thoroughly declutter all cupboards and drawers and be very selective. Then, once you’re satisfied, either safely discard or donate those items you no longer want to own to shelters or food banks.
If you have some items you cannot part with but are struggling on space or resources to pack up, consider hiring a trusted removals company to help store your items until you are ready to move. Many can also assist with the moving process once you’re ready as well. Oxford Removals company, Robinsons Relocations, states that “people who use a removal and storage company save somewhere between 30-35% over independently sorting self-storage,” so it is worth considering when weighing up your moving options.
Prepare a Box of Essentials
Put aside the items you know you will need for your last few days in your current home and the first few days of your new home. This can include dishes, cutlery, food items, essential appliances (electric kettle, please), dish towels, dish soap, sponge and so on.
This will ensure you have what you need and will incentivise you to unpack in a timely manner once you’re settled in!
Collect Packing Materials
For an average family-sized kitchen, it is recommended that you have a collection of:
- 5 large boxes for lightweight and hard-to-pack items like kitchenware, dish racks, banking utensils and so on.
- 10 medium boxes for heavier items like pots and pans, cookbooks, small appliances like toasters and the like.
- 5 heavy-duty boxes which have thick, double walls for fragile items such as plates, glasses, stemware, wine and canisters.
- Newspaper or unprinted packing paper to pack glass and other breakable items. It may be worth purchasing four to five bundles to ensure you have enough for your needs.
- Of course, you will need some packing tape and markers and/or marker labels to mark up your boxes and seal them as well.
A trusted removals company can help you in choosing the types and size of boxes you will need for your kitchen packing. Let them know what you’re packing up and they will do their best to ensure you leave with the right packaging to protect your goods and ensure a safe arrival to your new home.
Packing Wine, Liquor & Other Unopened Bottles
Wine and alcohol can be tricky to pack as they are very fragile and you don’t want these to break on the journey! Select the bottles you plan on opening between now and your move and then let a trusted removals company help you pack up and move the rest. Other items you may want to pack ahead of time is unopened food in glass containers such as cooking oils, fine vinegars and specialty oils. It’s always worth asking yourself if the weight of an item is worth the cost of moving it. If it’s cheap to replace, it may not be worth it but for something aged or coveted like truffle oil, then it is worth entrusting a removals company to help you remove unwanted glass items.
Tackle One Area at a Time
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when starting to pack up everything so breaking things down by priority and tackling one area at a time. Try to be as disciplined as possible about completing one drawer or cupboard before moving on to the next one. This way, you will avoid having items all over the place at the end of the day though a trusted removals company may be the solution if you have an excessive amount of clutter to dispose of.
Sort as You Go
Following the above points, by sorting as you’re going will help you save time. Pack items into designated boxes for where they are to go and for the items you cannot bare to part with but will have a difficult time moving yourself, entrust a removals company to take them to your new house for you. This option can be affordable and it can help take some weight off your shoulders during an already stressful time of moving to a new house.
Considerations for Moving Frozen Food
A trusted removal company can help you move frozen foods that you don’t want to part with but are struggling to move on your own. They can offer you a reasonable quote and assistance to ensure your frozen goods are transported safely and on time to your new house. You can always use up your frozen food before you move but for items that you know you will not be able to eat before then, it may be worth considering a removal company to help make this process easier for you.
Prepare Large Appliances
If you will be taking the fridge, dishwasher or cooker, you will need to ensure you take the proper steps that these are moved safely. Check the manuals or consult an expert or removal company to help you. The process of moving a fridge, for example, may take up to 24 hours as you will need to defrost the freezer and cookers will need to be professionally disconnected. Improper preparation can lead to gas leaks, broken parts and appliances that won’t work once they are damaged. Some removal companies have trained staff to assist in moving these large appliances to ask them first. If you are unsure how to prepare any large appliances, call a professional or the manufacturer for advice.
Timing is everything
You don’t want to pack up your kitchen too soon as it’s one of the most used places in your home. It’s usually best to begin the packing process about two days before you are due to move since many appliances will require a breakdown period (such as defrosting). All perishable items should be consumed or transported shortly before you depart. It’s a good idea to pack up the rest of your house weeks before and leave the kitchen to last to ensure you do not lose any foodstuffs too early or are inconvenienced for too long in your current home.
Leaving It to the Professionals
If none of this sounds appealing to you, you can always hire a removal company to help do the move for you. When looking to hire a trusted removal company, you will want to check out reviews of the companies online to see what other customers say about them. You will also want to get a quote for their service, information about their insurance policy and provide a form of what you will need to have moved and when. Things to include in your briefing form can be:
- Any items requiring special packing such as fragile items
- Large appliances such as fridges, cookers, etc.
- Items that you are happy to move yourself
- A floor plan of the new property so they can put boxes in the correct rooms when unloading
Entrusting your move to a removal company can help alleviate stress and make your moving experience more enjoyable.