The kitchen is probably the most demanding room in terms of packing for a move. While preparing for a moving day, you will have to go through so many small items, appliances and utensils, sort and label them properly so you can reach them again once you get to your new location. By following these simple steps you will be ready when your movers arrive.
Guidelines for packing the kitchen
– Let’s start with the suggestion which is generally applicable in many other situations when it comes to packing. Select and sort the items you want to move and get rid of those you don’t need any more. Go through each shelf, cupboard and drawer and decide which items are to be moved to the new place. Not every saucer or plate will be used for sure, so think about donating unwanted items, selling them at a garage sale or giving usable items to friends. Items that haven’t been used for months, certainly shouldn’t be moved.
– Probably there are heavy items which are cheaper to purchase than to move, especially if you are moving from NYC to California or to any other state. Some items are simply not worth moving and being charged for, so, check the weight of every item and measure the cost of moving it. Also, when moving huge items, make sure they can actually fit into your new place. If your new kitchen is significantly smaller, you will be forced yo leave behind more items than you have expected.
– Fragile items should be put into a hard-shell bins so that they won’t crumble during the transport. In this case stackable plastic bins are highly recommended and more efficient than cardboard boxes.
– As for the food, spices, pasta, unopened prepackaged products can be transported, which is not the case with the frozen food, perishables or canned products. Canned products aren’t worth moving unless you’re moving nearby yourself.
So, use as much as you can before the moving day, then donate the rest to your local shelter or food bank. Don’t waste valuable space in the moving truck transporting easily replaceable make products.
– Furthermore, cleaning supplies should be left behind (mostly), especially those in opened containers and make sure you dispose of similar products properly.
– Before you even start packing, make a list of items you will need for the first few days in the new house. The essentials box should be the last box you pack, accessible at any moment and it should contain: dishtowel, dishsoap, unopened cleaner, spices, coffee, pasta, jam/peanut butter, fork, knife, spoon, plate, pot, glasses, emergency kit, coffee maker, toaster…Probably there will be a supermarket or a grocery store nearby where you can get some necessary products, but you should certainly have some food on hand just in case, especially if you are moving long-distance or with children.
– After you have made a packing strategy, get proper packing material: large and medium boxes, plastic bins, bubblewrap, cell kits, tape, markers,…Depending on the contract with your movers, they can provide you with all necessary packing supplies.
– First pack items you don’t use regularly like: bowls, wine glasses, cookboxes, special utensils, vases,…Cell boxes should be used for packing glasses and stemware. Most of the kitchen items are usually fragile, so ensure each of them is packed properly.
– When you are packing liquors, wine or some other unopened bottles determine if the weight of each bottle is worth the cost of moving it. Maybe it is cheaper for you to purchase some items again than to move them.
– Prepare large appliances for the move at least 1 day in advance, so that you won’t be facing any inconvenience during and after the transport. If you have some doubts or concerns, contact professionals. In case you have hired professional moving company to assist you with the move, movers will sort this problem out for you.
Luckily, New York City offers great number of reputable movers able to provide high-quality services.