Moving houses is one of the most tedious tasks you have to do. When packing your household stuff, the kitchen will always be your biggest headaches in planning. From kitchen knives to cups, plates, spoons, dishes and so on, you need a serious plan to pull this off!
Start a week or two earlier. Packing kitchen items requires a systematic way of doing things. Early packing avoids the last minute rush where you are prone to mixing things which may be messy when unpacking.
Before you begin the actual packing process, try and sot out what you may need from what can be donated shelf by shelf. Sorting items shelf by shelf ensures you avoid unnecessary baggage into your new home. You may want to donate or have a garage sale- go for whatever works best for you.
Get all packing materials you may require in your house or garage. Gather packing boxes, tapes and markers. Ideally, some of the boxes should at least have partitions for items such as cups or bottles. The marking pens will be used to label the boxes. This will make it easier to find things once you are settled into your new home. Having collected the necessary packing materials, now it’s time to pack. Start with the items that you rarely use on a daily basis. These can be items like vases, wine glasses, food storage container, and ice cream makers and so on.
Try and consume food stuff in your kitchen. As you plan early in advance for your move, try and consume what is left in the storage containers as well as the fridge. You know well by now that most moving companies will quote their prices by volume. It is therefore advisable to try and finish what you have in store and if there is need to top up- do so in minimal quantities that ensures that you have minimal or zero of almost all food stuff. Consume what you have stored on the freezer mainly because you cannot move with these due to temperature changes. It’s such a hustle trying to move food stuff up and about.
For the large electronic appliances like dish washer, fridge, micro wave, oven and cooker, safety measures are key. Most of these will have a safety manual. For items such as fridges and freezers, they may need up to 24 hours to defrost before packing. If you find this to be a little too hard to crack, then find the manufacturers contacts so as to get good experts who will do the packing for you.
To pack other delicate items such as glassware, wrap them up in tissue or paper towels and then carefully wrap them up in newsprint that you have flattened out. If using a dish pack carton for the cups, wrap them individually with the paper towels and tissue as mentioned above, not forgetting to put extra tissue on the handles to protect them and finally place them upside down.
For the plates, place a cushioning material at the bottom of the carton and wrap up individual plates in crashed newsprint after which you can place them one by one stacked in a layer. Add extra tissues or clothe to fill the empty spaces and protect the ends of the plates from colliding with each other and breaking.
After all your kitchen items are safely arranged in the boxes, close the boxes and seal with tape. Use the marking pens to label the boxes as you seal them. Upon getting to your destination you can be sure of a stress free unpacking experience.