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Kitchen Packing 101: Safely Boxing Up Your Dishes, Utensils, and Pantry for the Move

Moving with to a new home means packing up the heart of your house – the kitchen. It’s a place full of fragile items like glasses and plates, alongside the pantry with all its food items. Here’s how to tackle this task effectively.

Start with a Clear Out
Before you even touch the bubble wrap, go through your kitchen. It’s the perfect time to declutter. Expired items? Toss them. Gadgets you never use? Donate or sell them. This way, you’re only packing what you need.

Gather the Right Materials
Stock up on strong packing boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape. For dishes and glasses, consider specialized dish pack boxes with dividers.

Pack Plates Safely
Wrap each plate in bubble wrap or packing paper. Stack them vertically in boxes, like records. They’re less likely to break this way. Fill any gaps in the boxes with crumpled paper for extra cushioning.

Wrap Glasses and Cups
Each glass or cup should be wrapped individually. Stuff them with packing paper, then wrap the outside. Nest cups and bowls together to save space, making sure each is well-protected.

Utensils and Flatware
Sort flatware by type, wrap each type in packing paper, and then in plastic wrap or a small box to keep them together. Sharp knives? Secure them with blade protectors or wrap them and pack separately to prevent accidents.

Pack the Pantry
Seal open packages with tape to prevent spills and pack them with heavier items at the bottom of the box. Consider donating non-perishables you don’t need to local food banks.

If you still have them, pack appliances in their original boxes. If not, wrap each appliance in packing paper or a moving blanket and secure it with tape. Make sure they’re clean and dry before packing.

Label Everything
This might seem obvious, but labeling each box with its contents and which way up it should be carried can save a lot of hassle. Write “FRAGILE” on boxes with breakable items.

Essentials Box
Pack an essentials box with the items you’ll need immediately – a couple of dishes, pans, cutlery, the coffee maker, and some basic food items.

With these tips, your kitchen will be packed up safely, and you’ll be ready to cook a homely meal in your new place in no time.