Of all the rooms that need to be packed before you hire affordable movers New Braunfels, the kitchen is the most difficult. In addition to a variety of things that need to be packed, many items have odd shape or fragile. Plus there is a huge amount of chances that even the most organized packers can fail. Going to the kitchen without a plan can be a serious mistake. But with some forethought and ingenuity, you can simplify the process and pack your kitchen like a pro. Here are some tips on packing your kitchen without losing your sanity.
There are four steps to pack your kitchen like a pro
Step one: Get organized
As in any other room in your home, go through and take out things that you no longer need before you start packing things. Relocation is the best time to edit your items and lighten your workload. So take time to put to the side things that do not serve you the purpose. This can be particularly difficult in the kitchen because there is always a voice saying that, although you have never used this pan before, you may want to use it someday. But if you have had it for more than a year, and you have never taken it out of the box, most likely you will not do it. Getting rid of things you don't need anymore is a great way of saving money on a move.
Step two: Collect your materials
To pack a kitchen, you will need heavy-duty boxes of different sizes, as well as wrapping paper, packing tape and markers. To simplify your task, you can also purchase special dividers specifically designed for packing and stacking complex objects, such as glasses. Also take plastic packaging, which is useful for storing the stacked items and preventing them from moving.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to purchasing kitchen packaging is that you will probably need more than you think. For a family-size kitchen, plan about five small boxes, ten medium boxes, five large boxes, three very large boxes. And about three rolls of wrapping paper (just four to five pounds). You may have to go back to the store, but this is a good amount of materials to begin with.
Step three: Determine what you need
You do not want to finish packing your kitchen just to realize that you didn’t leave forks for dinner that evening. Set aside the basic kitchen items that you want to have on hand right before and immediately after the move. Each member of your family will need a plate, a cup and a set of cutlery. And you should also store a couple of bowls. Do not forget to also leave yourself a kitchen towel, dish soap, and a sponge (just toss it when you leave). Also keep any appliances you need while packing, such as a coffee maker. You can pack all of them separately in a labeled box with kitchen utensils on the day of your departure.
Step Four: Start anywhere
Each cupboard and drawer in the kitchen present their own unique challenges when you are trying to pack your kitchen like a pro. But they all have to be done, so just pick one and start.
For pots and pans
Use a large or medium box and stack pots and pans with smaller ones, arranged in larger ones. And also put a small piece of wrapping paper between them. Be sure to add support around pots and pans, stuffing paper or kitchen towels in the holes so that they do not move during transport. You should wrap glass lids in wrapping paper and place them around pots and pans or in a separate box.
It is best to use special dividers that fit in standard boxes. Even if your glassware is better protected from dividers than without them, you still want to wrap each item with wrapping paper. Do not put anything on glassware, even if there is room in the box. The glass is too fragile to support a lot of weight.
For plates and bowls
Stack plates and bowls for easy packing. If these are fragile materials, wrap each item before stowing. Otherwise, you can just put a piece of wrapping paper between them. Wrap stacks together tightly in plastic wrap.
First, go into the spice rack using a small box to safely store all your spices. Put a small amount of wrapping paper around the spices in glass jars. Then go to your pantry. Get rid of anything that is overdue, and if you have items that have not been opened, but you no longer want them, add them to your pile of donations for delivery to your local food bank. For all other items, make sure everything is well sealed. And then pack them in a medium box or in grocery bags. Use a cooler to transport perishables from the refrigerator and pantry. If you are moving long distances, you probably just want to throw away perishable foods before you leave.
If you have original boxes for your devices, that is perfect. But if you don’t have them, that’s good too. For smaller appliances, pack as little as possible in the box. Use wrapping paper to completely secure them in the box, filling in all the spaces around them to prevent movement. If you also carry large household appliances with you, your transport company will ask you to prepare them in advance by unplugging them, disconnecting all hoses and sticking all doors into place.
It takes a long time to pack your kitchen like a pro, so give yourself at least a couple of days and ask for a few helping hands if you can. Or, if you can, find one of the companies that offer packing services New Braunfels to do everything for you. Lastly, pack your essential supplies box and clearly mark it so that you have easy access to these items when you first arrive at your new home. When you're done, pat your back for going through it.