Moving Tips Packing up Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the first rooms that can be packed with the aid of our kitchen packing tips. Packing the kitchen appliances(like glasses, dishes, cups, etc) that are most expensive and fragile is a really risky task and requires special attention.

However, packing can be made smooth and easier by following these simple steps –

Basic Requirements

  • Large, Small and Medium-sized boxes.
  • Brown paper or plain newsprint paper.
  • Bubble wrap.
  • Peanuts or packing popcorn.
  • Sealing Bags.
  • Marker, labels, sealing tapes.

Start Packing

Sort and Select – Go through each drawer and cupboard and select those items that you are taking with you while removing those items that are not required. Some items weigh a lot but are inexpensive to purchase, while others are cheaper to move than to replace.

Collect Packing Materials

Large Boxes (18 x 18 x 24) – It is used for packing lightweight items like dish racks, plastic kitchenware, baking tins, small appliances, etc. For a family-sized kitchen, you will need at least five large size boxes.
Medium Boxes (18 x 18 x 16) – It is used for packing heavier items like pots and pans, the content of drawers, silverware, etc. You will need at least ten medium size boxes for a family-sized kitchen.
Heavy Duty Boxes (18 x 18 x 28) – It is used for packing breakable items like glasses, wine, canisters, stemware, etc. At least five duty boxes are required for a family-sized kitchen.
Bubble Wrap – It is used to wrap and pack fragile items.
Other materials – Sealing tape, markers, labels, brown paper, cell kits are also required for packing.
Pack Items Not Frequently Used – Start packing those items that are not used on a daily basis such as wine glasses, cookbooks, dishtowels, dish clothes, food storage container, vases, crystal, pie pans, mixing bowls, special utensils like ladles and spatulas, pictures and wall hangings, special-event dishes, etc.
Pack Unopened Bottles – Select the bottles that you are going to use between now and the move and pack the rest. Items like fine vinegar, alcohol, and wine can be packed.
Pack Shelves and Drawers – Pack all the items in the drawers and shelves that are not required now and also get rid of those items that you no longer use.
Pack Dishes – Take your time while packing the dishes, plates, and bowls to ensure that all the items are packed well. You can use Cell Kits for packing stemware and glasses.
Pack Pans and Pots – Pack all the pans and pots, which are not required for the first two days in your new home, including lids and crockery.
Pack the Pantry – Start packing with the spices then work your way to the larger items.
Essential Box – This is the last box you should actually pack, which contains all the items that you will need for the first two days in your new home. This box may include items such as a dishtowel, salt, pepper, first aid box, coffee makers, all-purpose cutting knife, candles, matches, flashlight, radio, cleaner, toaster, small meals, etc.

Orderly Packing Tips

You might wonder why I would assume that you will forget things when moving. In fact, you might question how something gets left behind when you can clearly see it sitting right there. Believe me when I not only say that it is possible, but it is probable that you will find things missing when you arrive at your new home. I have lost mirrors that were not removed from the walls, a gas barbecue that stayed on the patio, and pieces of china that were at the back of the cupboard. It is incredibly easy to leave something behind. And because I was so upset at the loss and angry with myself for not being more careful, I decided that writing about it will help you to ensure that all your possessions are packed and safely on their way. Here are my tips for packing everything in an orderly fashion without forgetting something.

Before listing my ten tips, I should mention that you are in control when you are packing, loading the truck, and unpacking. If, however, you choose to go with a professional moving company, then everything will be done on the same day by the company’s staff. You will have to be very diligent in making sure that they do not leave anything behind. Consequently, some of the following tips will deal with checking up on professional movers, and some will refer to you completing your own move.

Items in the back of drawers and cupboards often get left behind in a move. Once you have finished removing everything, get on a chair or stool and look inside the cupboards. Use a plastic utensil with a long handle to tap the back area to ensure that nothing else is there that you can’t see. You would be surprised how many times you will find a lonely cup or bowl sitting back there. Once you are sure, there is nothing more inside, leave the cupboard doors open to know you have checked inside, or place a small bit of masking tape on the doors. When movers are doing the job, do not be afraid to check after they have finished the room. It is not necessary, though, to stand behind them as they work. Checking afterwards is more thorough and more polite.

Cubbyholes, attics, closets and under stairwells are great places for items to be lost. Aside from the fact that you forget about checking them all together, these areas are usually dark, and boxes are not seen. Be sure to have a flashlight handy when checking these areas even in the daytime. And again, use a broom handle to prod around. Plus, an even better way to make sure the items in these areas are packed is to remove the items earlier so that they are in a more obvious spot of the house.

Walk room-to-room and area-to-area in your home. Write down all the places that are packed with other items. For example, add to your list, the garage, the patio, the shed, the cubbyhole and the room name, the attic, the living room stairwell, the basement stairwell, the RV, and the porch. Anywhere in your home that you have stored your belongings, write the areas down so that when you are packing, you are sure to remember these spots. Likewise, if you have movers, you can direct them to the areas, and once you know everything is packed, cross the area off your list.

Incredible as it may seem, stuff always gets lost in the driveway or the roadway. One way to avoid this is to move everything to the moving van and place it right at the back doors or to the side. Do not set things down willy-nilly, so that you are looking everywhere to find more boxes. What also happens is you are walking to the truck with a box and get sidetracked. You set the box down and it never makes it to the truck. And so, it remains where you left it in the backyard. Get it to the truck immediately.

Another way that items are forgotten is when you need to keep them out to the last minute. The toaster and tea kettle are good examples. You have to make breakfast the day of the move, but end up leaving the appliances on the counter. To avoid this problem, as soon as you finish with an item, pack it right away. So regardless of what it is that you need to use, once it has been used for the last time, get it packed, and out to the truck. You might leave an empty box in the kitchen to place the last minute items from the whole house. Be sure that everyone knows to place their things in there when done using them.

Before the truck leaves, make a final sweep of the house, exterior grounds, any outside buildings or structures, the driveway, and areas around the truck. Move through the house in an organized fashion following room to room and keeping your list in hand to mark of the respective area as you have thoroughly checked them.

When packing boxes in advance, stay organized by completing sections of the house all at once. For example, don’t leave some paintings or artwork to be packed later. Get all the wall décor in one room done so that nothing is forgotten. Then you can quickly look at the walls and say that area is complete. But, if you leave one piece in this room, and another piece over there, you are bound to leave something behind.

Keep all cords and accessories with the parent items so that you can find them quickly when you arrive at the new home. And be sure that smaller items go inside boxes with other things. Do not just stuff in grocery bags and stick on the truck or in the car. They will get lost for sure. But if placed within in a bigger box of items, they will not be damaged and will be there when you need them.

Brooms, mops, and dustpans always get left behind. So do racks that are attached to doors in the kitchen, pantry, and bathroom. Spend an hour or two and go around the house, dismantling all the fixtures that are attached and pack them up. Don’t leave those to the last minute. Tie a string around the handles of brooms and mops to keep them together and put them right by the door.

When you have movers do the work, be really careful about things that are or are not your property. For example, sometimes they are confused in the kitchen with appliances. If you own your appliances, make sure the stove, fridge, dishwasher, and anything else is packed up. If you rent your home or apartment, make sure they do not pack appliances that are not your property.

As I have said before moving is about organization. By keeping lists, calendars, and thinking in advance, you can be sure that my ten tips for packing everything in an orderly fashion without forgetting something will help you to get the job done right.

How to Find The Best Moving Company

There are thousands of moving companies across the country, and many offer both residential and commercial moving services. These moving companies might specialize in local moves, long distance (interstate) moves, or even international moves. Despite what you may assume, not all moving companies are the same, and this short guide was designed to help you choose from among the thousands of moving companies and increase your odds of finding a moving company that will work best for you.

Features and Services to Look for in Moving Companies

As mentioned before, not all moving companies are the same, and it makes sense to find a moving company that specializes- and has legitimate experience- in your type of move. For example, moving companies that specialize in commercial moves probably have more experience in the timing of these moves to minimize downtime for the business. International moving companies probably know how to work with customs to get your belongings to their destination faster. What’s important is to match a moving company with your situation- don’t just read and believe what’s on the moving company’s brochure.

Besides the obvious actual transportation of your goods, there are other services that you might find useful. Here are some questions to ask your prospective moving companies:

  • Do you offer a packing and unpacking service?
  • Do you supply packing supplies, and at what cost?
  • Do you offer short or long-term storage in conjunction with the move?
  • Are there any moving guides that might be helpful in the move?
  • What are your liability limits and what is the claims process?

This last question is important as damaged and lost goods are the most common complaints lodged against moving companies. Make sure you understand EXACTLY how items will be accounted for and what happens if your items get broken or ‘lost’. It is quite likely that something will be damaged, so understand the claims process up front, instead of just hoping that nothing will happen.

The best way to find the best moving company for you is to start with what your needs are (of course). Since you already know the starting and ending points of your move and what needs to be moved, you should focus your initial search on those moving companies that specialize in your type of move.

Once you have narrowed down a few moving companies that seem to fit your needs, it’s time to get some quotes. Getting quotes online can be a good way to get a rough estimate of your costs, but the best quote will come from a representative of the moving company that actually visits your home or business and inspects the items that will be moved. Interstate moving companies are more highly regulated than local moving companies, so the price variance among interstate or long distance moving companies might not be that great. There are other regulations imposed on interstate moving companies that relate to how quotes can be given, so when you do get a quote, make sure to ask and understand whether the quote is binding or non-binding. Interstate moving companies also have requirements for claims handling and other administrative concerns.

Quotes for local moves can vary much more than that of interstate moving companies because there is usually little or no regulation. There is probably more of a risk of ‘shady’ moving companies in local moves, so pay extra attention to the moving contract and don’t accept anything verbally that isn’t also put in writing. Asking anyone you know who has recently moved if they would recommend their mover is a good way of ensuring good service. Absent that, see if you can get references from the moving company of people that you can actually talk to about their recent moving experience.