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How to pack a kitchen like a PRO
Found this great You Tube video for professionally packing a kitchen before the movers show up.
Thanks to Jon from Bust a Move Moving in Montreal, Canada.
Here are the steps to packing like a pro:
- Get organized
- Gather your materials
- Figure out what essentials you need ( packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, boxes )
- Start somewhere, anywhere. Use the kitchen countertop or the dining table
Clear off an area of your countertop to spread out your packing paper, and get to work.
For pots and pans: Use a large or medium box, and stack pots and pans with the smaller ones nestled into the larger ones and a small piece of packing paper between them. Make sure to add support around your pots and pans by stuffing paper or dish towels into openings, which will keep them from moving around in transit. Glass lids should be wrapped in packing paper and placed around the pots and pans or in a separate box.
For glasses and stemware: Your best bet here is to use specialty dividers that fit into standard boxes. Even though your glassware is better protected in dividers than out of them, you’ll still want to wrap each item in packing paper. Don’t stack anything on top of your glassware, even if there’s room in the box. Glass is too fragile to support a lot of additional weight.
For plates and bowls: Stack plates and bowls for easy packing. If they’re breakable materials, wrap each item before stacking; otherwise, you can just put a piece of packing paper in between them. Keep stacks together by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap. Use the space around your plates and bowls to pack odds and ends
For flatware and serving utensils: For the easiest way to pack flatware, simply use plastic wrap to wrap around the tray and then place it flat inside a box. You can then add additional serving utensils on top, either loose or wrapped in a bit of packing paper (if they’re delicate).
For knives: Roll each knife in a full sheet of packing paper and then wrap a dish towel around them and secure the whole thing with a rubber band. Pack knives on their side—never facing up.
For food items: Tackle the spice cabinet first, using a small box to safely store all of your spices. Put a small bit of packing paper around any spices in glass jars. Then move on to your pantry. Get rid of anything that’s expired, and if you have items that aren’t opened or expired but you no longer want, add them to your donation pile for delivery to a local food bank. For the rest of the items, make sure everything is well sealed and then pack up either in a medium box or in canvas grocery bags. Use a cooler for transporting perishables from the fridge and pantry.
For appliances: If you have the original boxes for your appliances that’s ideal, but if you don’t, that’s okay, too. For small appliances, pack them in as small of a box as you can. Use packing paper to completely secure them in the box, filling in any gaps around them to prevent shifting.For large appliances, let your professional movers handle this part.
For appliances: If you have the original boxes for your appliances that’s ideal, but if you don’t, that’s okay, too. For small appliances, pack them in as small of a box as you can. Use packing paper to completely secure them in the box, filling in any gaps around them to prevent shifting.
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