5 Easy Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

When you’re making a household move, packing your kitchen might seem like the worst part. But, in some ways, it might be the easiest.

You don’t have to worry too much about furniture, except appliances. And you can thin out as much as you like.

Try these five kitchen packing tips to help you make progress in no time.

1. Empty the Pantry and Freezer

For the most part, you shouldn’t worry about packing a lot of food. If you’re hiring a moving company, they may not be able to transport it anyway.

Instead, start sorting your pantry for items you can toss or donate. For example, eat through your freezer, or throw it out if you know you won’t have time. Before moving, focus on convenience foods that don’t need much prep or cleanup in the last week. Get take-out instead of making complicated meals.

2. Designate an Essentials Box

When you first start packing, be sure to leave out a few items for the essentials box. Packing an essentials box involves thinking about everything you’ll need for the first few days in your new home.

Kitchen stuff for the box might include one place setting for each person, a coffeemaker, one pot and pan, paper towels, and cleaning supplies.

Keep this box simple and easy to transport. You’ll probably go grocery shopping not long after you arrive so that you won’t need too much. Label as “Kitchen Essentials Box” so it is easy to identify.

3. Use the Right Packing Materials

Tools for cooking and eating can be delicate or heavy. So you’ll want the right kinds of packing materials.

Gather various-sized sturdy moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, labels, and markers. Use the original boxes for your small appliances if you still have them. 


Generally, small to medium-sized boxes work the best for packing kitchen necessities. Consider getting moving boxes specially designed for glasses, stemware, and dishes. 

4. Clean as You Pack

As you start to pack, take the time to clean shelves and cabinet doors. Scrubbing is easier if you break it up into pieces.

Wipe down small appliances before you pack them. Unplug and clean out large appliances. Wind up the plugs and tie them together, so they don’t catch when you move them.

If it feels like you have too many boxes of one type, now’s a great time to thin it out. Donate pans you don’t use or see if a relative wants that heirloom china set. Give your old cookbooks to the library.

5. Label Boxes Clearly

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you might have a lot of boxes. So it’s essential to label them specifically.

You’ll probably unpack the kitchen and bathrooms first so that you can clean and cook in the new home. A box label that identifies which plates or pans are in it will make unpacking go faster.

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If you take a systematic approach to pack your kitchen, you’ll finish before you know it. For more tips or to schedule your upcoming move, contact us today.