The kitchen serves as the epicenter of the home. It’s where families eat, do homework and bond. Because it is such a highly used area, you may find it difficult to figure out just how to pack. Here is how I handled packing up the kitchen for our latest move.
Thin the Cupboards
Food makes up the bulk of the kitchen “stuff”, so I cut back on my purchases at the grocery store and focused on eating what we had on hand for meals. I donated some of the food that had been in the cupboard for a while and weren’t likely going to be used.
I also thinned out the other cupboards. I tossed the sippy cups that had been used in years and thinned out the character cups that slowly accumulated. I sold some of the small appliances we never used. I donated several small kitchen gadgets that we never use anymore.
Pack the Non-Essentials
The easiest place to start is on the kitchen items you don’t use very often. This might include small appliances, serving platters and some of your pans. I planned my meals around not having those items easily accessible for the few weeks before the move. I also packed away our heavy ceramic dinnerware and left out some cheap plastic plates to use for meals.
As the move gets closer, pack more of the items that you probably won’t need. We started getting lots of carryout and eating quick meals that didn’t take a lot of equipment.
Create an Essentials Box
With only the essentials left, your last-minute kitchen packing shouldn’t be too difficult. Pack these items in a few boxes that are clearly marked as essentials. That way you can easily find them when you get to the new house.
Many kitchen items require a little special care so they don’t break. Pack any breakable items in bubble wrap, newspaper or kitchen towels. Styrofoam plates and bowls between your ceramic dinnerware also provide cushion so they don’t break.
If you have a knife block, use shrink wrap to hold the knives in place. Wrap individual knives in thick paper to protect the blades and your fingers.
Use containers from the kitchen to hold smaller items. I packed all of my little spice containers in a large, rectangular food storage container. Your slow cooker is another spot to put a few small items for the move.
Eat on the Go
Packing the kitchen is a hassle since you use so many of the items on a regular basis, but you can minimize the impact with careful planning.