Your kitchen can be a unique piece to take away. Much care and concern is needed when packing. The amount of glass and porcelain found in the kitchen is why you have to take so much care when packing your kitchen. When you store your kitchen, you want to make sure Grandma’s old gravy boat or Aunt Deloris’s antique tea set goes to your new home. Although precautions are necessary for fragile items, you should also consider the wide variety and number of items that can be found in your kitchen, from canned spatulas to kitchen gloves. Here are some of our tips for packing your kitchen. We will go region by region.
Items you will need
Wrapping paper, duct tape, porcelain cartons, 5 cubes, 2 cubes. Chinese cardboards are specially designed for glass and fragile items. They are double wall (extra thick) which will better protect your fragile objects. 5 cubes are larger boxes that can accommodate more people, and 2 cubes are small boxes for books and smaller items. Looking for boxes? Click here for a list of places to get free boxes
As we continue to mention again and again in our blogs, when you fill your kitchen, make sure you have enough time. Although professional packers can prepare many kitchens in a matter of hours, you will probably need more time. Rushing to pack your kitchen can cause not only stress, but also mistakes and, in turn, damage.
Before you start placing anything in a carton, be sure to cover the bottom of your carton with paper or “crush”. I’m not just talking about placing sheets at the bottom of the box, but rather crumpling a few sheets to create a shock-absorbing layer at the bottom of the box. Items can move in the box during transport, which will help ensure nothing breaks.
When packing your kitchen, here are some tips for the most common items.
Plates and earthenware
Believe it or not, the plates are better packed at their ends. Be sure to wrap each plate in a sheet of paper to avoid rubbing scratches. When wrapping your kitchen, line up the plates vertically in the carton. Ask them to stand side by side. Do the same for all small saucers or small plates. Once you have finished a layer of plates, fill the carton with more fat and start another layer until you are done or the box is full. The same principle applies to large plates or large bowls.
When wrapping glasses, be sure to wrap each glass in paper. This will avoid any friction or flaking that may result from movement during transport. When storing your kitchen, stack the glasses in the carton while standing. The glasses on the side are not very strong and can easily crack or break.
Silverware often comes in a plastic tray that allows you to keep all the utensils separated. Just take a few pieces of paper and stick them over the tray. This will prevent the silverware from overflowing and creating a mess so you can sort when you arrive at your destination.
Pots and pans
These can go in a bigger box. Since pots and pans are usually not heavy enough, you can put more in a larger box. When wrapping your kitchen, be sure to wrap each pan individually in paper to prevent scratches on pots and pans. The pots can be placed in the box on their bottoms because they are more stable in this way. The pans can be placed vertically in the box, in the same way that you pack your plates.
Plastic and Tupperware Containers
These are much easier to pack and the same principle applies to Tupperware as pots and pans. Since they are light enough, you can pack Tupperware into larger boxes if you have a lot. In the name of efficiency, you can put the containers into each other and wrap them as a package.
For small devices, they can be placed in a larger box or in the original box in which they can fit, if you have them