The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where meals are created, memories are made and laughs are shared. Which is why, when it comes to packing for a move, packing the kitchen can feel overwhelming. However, if you have a plan and a schedule, it’s easier than you think. Here are five moving tips to help you pack up your kitchen like a pro before your big move:
- Make a plan. Before you start tossing your kitchen supplies into boxes, come up with a packing plan. Create a calendar that will help you stay on track and pack more productively. Schedule it out far enough that you’ll know you can easily complete your packing with time to spare. Pack items that you rarely use early and set a goal of packing a certain number of boxes per week. Spending some extra time on the planning process now will save you tons of time and stress when moving day comes.
- Let it go! Much like the rules that apply to clothes you haven’t worn in years, if you open your pantry or spice cabinet and find items you’ll probably never eat, get rid of them. If they’re still edible, donate them. If spices and baking supplies are expired, toss them. There’s no point in packing and moving food items you haven’t used in your old kitchen and probably won’t use in your new one either. Now’s the time for a fresh start!
- Stay organized. There’s nothing worse than making your first meal in your new home and realizing you forgot which box the salt and pepper shakers are in. Box dinnerware, silverware, cooking utensils, glassware and food in their own boxes. Clearly label each box. Labels like “Kitchen Miscellaneous” won’t be of much help to you when you’re looking for your coffee maker in your new house.
- Set aside the essentials. Make a list of the kitchen supplies you’re going to need immediately before and after your move. At a minimum, each family member will need one plate, cup and a set of flatware. Keep out a couple of bowls, a dish towel or two, hand soap, dish soap and a sponge. You’ll also need cleaning supplies, so don’t pack those up until the end. This is the one box that can contain mixed items. Label this box “Kitchen Essentials” and set it to the side so it doesn’t get mixed in with the other boxes.
- Start packing! You have your plan and timeline in place, your Sharpie is handy and you’ve set aside your essentials. It’s time to get packing! If you never start, you’ll never finish. Just take it one box at a time. You’ve got this.
Packing up your kitchen is a big job, but these tips will help you break it down into manageable steps. However, if you’re like many folks, you might rather leave this job to someone else. If so, your moving company can send a team of packing professionals to do the job for you. Either way, before you know it, you’ll be enjoying meals and making new memories with your family in the kitchen in your new home.
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