How To Pack the Kitchen for Your Move


If you have ever moved house, then you know that the kitchen is quite tricky to pack. There are several things to categorize and organize, making this task time-consuming. Another thing that makes packing the kitchen an arduous task is the breakable and irregular-shaped objects.

Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with all the difficulties of packing your kitchen yourself. Our professional packers in California can help you with this task whether you’re moving within San Francisco or making a long-distance move. At California Movers, our full-service movers will handle all your relocation needs at an affordable price. So contact us today to get a free quote.

Best Ways To Pack a Kitchen When Moving

There’s no such thing as “small packing” when it comes to moving your kitchen. Thus, if you decide to go the DIY route, you must ensure it is hitch-free. Below, we discuss how to pack your kitchen for a move.

Get Organized

Organization is key when packing. It keeps you from doing things haphazardly and ensures you pack up all that you need to. In getting organized, you need to sort things into two categories. The first is for items you don’t need, and the second is gathering the materials you need to move your kitchen.

A kitchen is that part of the house with several chipped and unused gadgets. So you need to create “must take” items. Pull out the drawers and check the back of your cupboard to locate items you haven’t used in at least 12 months. You can give out working but unused appliances and dispose of or recycle chipped glasses.

The next place to look when moving your kitchen is the pantry. Check for items that are still edible and those that have expired. You can cook edible canned foods and other perishables and donate perishables to a local food kitchen or food bank.

Gather Your Materials

The next thing our professional packers in California recommend is gathering your materials. You’ll need heavy-duty boxes for heavy items and in various sizes, packing paper, packing tape, and labeling markers. You should consider buying specialty dividers for packing and stacking difficult things like stemware. For example, in this article, you can find all the necessary information about the packing.

Our short-distance moving company offers different boxes for kitchenware at a reasonable price. Next, you should get plastic wrap to keep stacked items from shifting when moving. Furthermore, you can never fully determine the number of kitchen packing items you need, so get more instead of less.

We recommend planning for at least five small boxes, ten medium boxes, five large boxes, ten medium boxes, three extra-large boxes, and about three rolls of packing paper for a family-sized kitchen.

Pick Out the Essentials You’ll Need

When packing a kitchen, it’s possible to put away everything and forget to leave out the essentials. Essentials are things you still need to use before moving. Hence, you should make a note of the items you’ll need and leave them for later. Examples are a cutlery set, drinking glasses, plates, frying pan, a medium-sized pot, cleaning products, mixing bowls, etc. These items are easy to pack, and you can do that on the day you leave or the night before.

Start Packing

This is the fourth step in moving a kitchen. Once you’ve done all we’ve discussed, you can start packing. Each drawer in your kitchen will present unique challenges, so you have to pick where to start. But first, clear your countertop and spread out your packing paper. Below, we discuss how to pack different kitchen items.

Pots and Pans: When packing pots and pans, use a large or medium box, then stack the smaller ones into bigger ones. We recommend stuffing paper and dish towels into openings to keep the pots and pans together when moving. If they have glass lids, wrap them in packing paper and place them in a separate box or around the pots and pans.

Glasses and Stemware: The best options for packing these items are specialty drawers that fit into standard boxes. However, you should still wrap them in packing paper. It’s best not to stack anything on top of your glassware, even if there’s room in the box. This is because glasses are too weak to handle the extra weight.

Plates, Bowls, and Knives: Stack your plates and bowls for easy packing and wrap breakable items. As an option, you can put packing paper between them and use the space around the plates and bowls for packing odds and ends. Wrap knives in a full sheet of packing paper, wrap a dish towel around them, and use a rubber band to secure them.

Flatware and Serving Utensils: Use plastic wrap around the flatware and place it flat in a box. Then add your serving utensils on top; you can do this loose or wrapped in packing paper.

Food Items: Start with spices and then move to food items that are not opened or expired. Ensure they are well sealed, and keep them in medium-sized boxes or canvas grocery bags. If you’re moving a short distance within San Francisco, you can put perishables in a cooler. If it’s a long-distance move, you might want to dispose of the perishables.

Appliances: You can use the original boxes for your appliances if you still have them. If you don’t pack small appliances in medium-sized boxes, and use packing paper to secure them. If you’re moving larger gadgets, our appliance movers will prepare them ahead of time by unplugging them, removing hoses, and taping all the doors shut.

Hire Professional Packers in California

While it is possible to pack your kitchen yourself, why do that when you can use the best professional packers in California? By hiring our moving company, California Movers, you save time and focus on other vital things. We service San Francisco, and the whole of California and offer diverse essential moving and packing services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Written by Megan Taylor
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