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How to pack a kitchen

How to pack a kitchen

By Sean Ford | November 27, 2013

How to pack a kitchen - moving tipsA Kitchen, with its wide variety of contents, can be one of the trickiest rooms in a home to pack. But by breaking it down into manageable chunks it can become a relatively simple and stress-free process.

Declutter

We’ve all got lots of kitchen gadgets that sit at the back of cupboards or on shelves and look nice but are never used. Be ruthless – do you really need that fondue set? Have a clear out before you move and get rid of those never-used items.

Advance packing vs. day-to-day essentials

Your next task is to identify what you need on a day-to-day basis and what you can pack in advance. This will enable you to start packing up your non-essentials well in advance. Make sure you leave yourself a few plates, bowls, mugs and some cutlery for the days leading up to the move.

Get sturdy packing materials

Plates or dishes are easily broken so it’s worthwhile paying for some strong, sturdy packing materials. Take time to pack your crockery and other dishes well, wrapping them in paper or bubblewrap before putting them in strong boxes. Ensure that the boxes are marked fragile and indicate which way up they should be carried.

Foodstuffs

Ideally, you should run down your cupboards so you don’t have much food to move. Anything that you do have should be securely shut to avoid spillages and packed in plastic crates or boxes to avoid food getting damp.

Essentials box

Finally, my best piece of advice for you is to pack an ‘essentials’ box for moving day. This should contain your kettle, some tea or coffee, mugs, plates, cutlery, some snacks plus a takeaway menu from your new location. Unpack this when you get to your new home and get the kettle on asap!