Kitchen and pantry relocation 101
The relocation of your home includes a lot of tasks. However, moving your kitchen and pantry is a bit more demanding, since you’re dealing with all the fragile and breakable items, as well as food and heavy kitchen appliances. That’s why kitchen and pantry relocation requires a bit more preparation and planning, as well as proper skills and supplies. If you are moving for the first time, you need proper knowledge about this huge task. Here is kitchen and pantry relocation 101 to make things easier and faster.
Kitchen and pantry relocation professional tips
Before you start packing your kitchen, be sure to read all the tips we have for you. Make sure you are prepared for the relocation, so the move can be fast and safe.
Start decluttering your kitchen and pantry right away
Home relocations are the most common way to waste a lot of food. This leads to spending more money than it’s necessary. However, with proper planning, you can use the food you have wisely and relocate without unnecessary waste. Here are some tips:
- start using your food days/weeks before the move – avoid ordering food and eating out, and start preparing your meals at home. This will make sure you use all the food you can wisely and reduce the waste.
- remove all the goods that expired or are very close to the expiration date – be sure to reduce the number of things you will be packing so that you can reduce the moving costs, too.
- throw away all the food that is in open containers
- donate – all the food that is not perishable is the perfect thing to donate to a non-profit organization or charity.
- organize a good-bye party – invite your friends and family to a party and use this chance to make some party snacks with the food you don’t want to move.
Don’t forget to declutter your kitchen from other things than food, as well. Very often, things pile up over the years, so people end up packing unnecessary items like half-broken glasses and old plates, unused packaging, etc. Remove anything you won’t use in your new kitchen so that you can reduce the number of boxes to pack and therefore have a simpler and cheaper kitchen and pantry relocation.
Collect the necessary supplies
Packing supplies are the key to any successful packing. If you have enough packing supplies that are of good-quality – your job is half done. When it comes to kitchen and pantry relocation, you will need:
- enough moving boxes – make an inventory of the items you have so that you can estimate how many boxes you will need. Also, get boxes of various sizes – small items that are heavy, like plates or jars, shouldn’t be packed in big boxes since those are very difficult and dangerous to carry.
- wrapping paper or old newspapers – necessary for packing fragile items;
- Sealing tape – buy a lot of it, since boxes with breakables should be taped several times for extra safety.
- a marker and some labels – the best way to sort out your moving boxes and later unpack is by labeling each box with its contents. Also, boxes with fragile items will be handled more carefully.
When it comes to kitchen and pantry relocation, packing the food you will be moving after decluttering needs to be done properly. Here are some main tips that will help you pack without any problems:
- pack glass containers with a lot of wrapping paper – wrap each item individually.
- seal/tape any open container with dry goods – avoid pasta, rice, cereal or any powder spill inside a box.
- don’t pack anything frozen – even if you are moving in winter, transporting frozen goods will not end well. However, if you are moving nearby and want to save some expensive frozen foods for later, try using a cooler to transport it quickly to your new kitchen and put it immediately in the freezer (make sure you turn on the freezer beforehand).
- be sure to pack heavier items like canned goods in smaller boxes. Overpacking a big box will make it too heavy to carry, and also very risky.
Pack the items properly
Start packing systematically. When organizing a kitchen and pantry relocation, it’s best to start with the items you don’t use all the time and work your way towards the everyday items. Also, be sure to leave enough time for packing. Relocating a kitchen includes handling fragile and breakable items, so doing it in a hurry increases the risk of damage.
It’s important to pack plates safely since they can be damaged easily. The most common way is to wrap each plate separately into a piece of wrapping paper. This method is fine, yet it’s time-consuming. The much faster option is buying disposable plastic paper and using them as dividers. Place the paper plates between the ceramic ones, and there you have it!
When it comes to packing forks, knives and spoons, it’s important that they stay together during transport and don’t move a lot. One option is packing them all together with the drawer organizer – just wrap it with plastic wrapping, and then put it in the box.
Packing mugs and glasses
The most fragile part of the kitchen and pantry relocation is packing glasses and mugs. Be sure to get special boxes with dividers inside, so the items don’t shake during transport.
When it comes to packing your appliances, it’s best to hire professional movers to help you out with that. They have the right tools and techniques and will make the process safe and fast.
However, there are things that need to be done before your movers arrive. Be sure to unplug the items beforehand, and remove any bulbs and wrap them separately. Prepare the items for the move to avoid gas leaks and additional damage.
Prepare the items you need for the moving day
When relocating a kitchen and pantry, make sure you pack a separate box with all the moving day essentials, as well as the items you’ll need on the first day or two in the new home. This includes snacks, basic dishes, cutlery, food, essential appliances, dish towels, etc. Make sure you have everything you need for a fresh start. Have a safe move!
Monica Ronson works as a social media manager. Her favorite themes to write blog posts are home organization and décor, as well as general lifestyle tips. She uses her free time to do recreational outdoor activities with her family.