Packing up your kitchen is the perfect time to organize things and make moving into your new home a breeze. If you have decided to do your own packing rather than enlist the help of your local movers at Advantage Moving and Storage, your first step is to gather the packing materials and tools needed to get the job done. This includes various sizes of boxes, packing tape, packing paper, scissors, and a permanent marker. Avoid using newspaper as the print can rub off on everything you pack in it, making a big jumble to clean up during the un-packing process.
The next step in packing up your kitchen, according to most local movers, is to look carefully at what you might need during your first days in your new home. These items should be packed separately, and the boxes marked to indicate where the items belong. Consider buying plastic utensils and paper cups, plates, and bowls. Add in napkins and paper towels, this way you won’t need to worry about doing dishes for the first few days.
If you have the boxes for your small appliances, use them. They are the best possible way to ship smaller appliances. If you don’t then remove small and loose parts, put them in Ziploc bags or wrap them in paper and mark them, then place them all in the box with each appliance. This helps to ensure you don’t lose the parts during the move.
When packing boxes, our team of local movers recommend you place heavier items in the bottom of the boxes and then lighter items on top. Be sure to crumple packing paper and use it in between the items to reduce the risk of damage. You can also use kitchen towels, hot pads, and dishcloths for added packing.
When the time comes to pack your dishes, you need to exercise extra caution to ensure everything arrives without damage. If you are not comfortable with packing your dishes, you can always have the experts at Advantage pack them for you. Many people think you need to pack breakables tightly to keep them safe. This is not necessary. Start by crumpling up several sheets of packing paper to line the bottom of the box.
Place a plate in the middle of a sheet of packing paper and then wrap it loosely. This crumpled layer on top of each plate will pad it and protect it from the next one. Place your glasses, saucers, cups, salt and pepper shakers, etc. on top and then pad with more crumpled paper before sealing the box. Be sure to label these boxes “Fragile” and “This Side Up” so your local movers know to handle these boxes with care.
It is ideal to pack everything in groups, i.e., pots and pans together, canned goods in one or two boxes, and so forth. Be sure to label every box clearly; you will thank yourself later. Should the packing process prove to be too time consuming, remember Advantage Moving & Storage is here to help with all your packing and shipping needs. Contact us today for your free estimate!