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How to Pack a Kitchen When Moving Home: A Complete Guide

Lisa Bennett
February 21, 2022

Packing and moving your kitchen items is a difficult task that requires extra attention because you must pack each item individually and with care. You’re undoubtedly wondering how you’ll be able to transport your favourite and most luxurious tableware without it breaking in the process of transport.

Consider how these would be on a long trip, especially with some bumps in the route. You may not be aware of it, but proper and smart packaging is sufficient to keep them safe. When you think about how you’re going to handle your kitchen supplies, you become anxious. However, you no longer have to be concerned since we will walk you through a step-by-step guide to packing your kitchen when moving.

Plan everything you need to do and write it down

Make a list of everything, starting with the things you use the least and progressing to the things you use the most, such as your cooking utensils for everyday meals while you are still at home. You must also make a list of the items you will need before moving, like packing materials, so that you can either purchase them ahead of time or have them delivered by the removal company you choose. Don’t forget to create a checklist that separates the items you’ve already packed from those that need to be completed. Simply putting it all down helps you remember the primary things to do and helps you stay on track and not forget something.

Things to consider before starting to pack

Having said that, I think we can all agree that it is best to be prepared rather than sorry when it comes to your kitchen stuff. Make preparations weeks in advance by making notes of important details that will make packing and moving go more smoothly.

Food in your refrigerator

Given that you will be moving to a new location, you should conclude that it is a headache and a waste of money to transport items that you could have purchased in your new place instead of carrying them. You must remove and consume perishable food from your home to move with as little baggage as possible. You can carry the remaining food with you along the way.

Liquor and wine

If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’ll probably want to keep your possessions safe and visible at all times. Since they are easily broken, most removal companies prefer that you take them. You can cover these with paper, towels, or foam. If you want to keep them safe, you can put them in a closed box inside your car.

Prepare packing materials for kitchen supplies

Others may be unaware of this, but the preparation of good packing materials is critical in ensuring the safety of your precious cookware while it is being transported. Boxes that are not easily broken (dish barrels work well for this), papers to cover every detail of your equipment, clothes or any towels you have on hand, bubble wrap (which is an optional way to keep your things secure), packing tape to seal every box, and markers for the labelling part are all things you should prepare ahead of time.

Packing plates and bowls

Other people make a mistake by not packing the plates and bowls in paper one by one, which causes them to bump into each other and break. It requires patience if you want to see the whole, not broken into pieces (who would love to see this?). With that in mind, proper packing is essential.

Place a blanket on top of your table to keep it from getting scratched. Keep an eye out for plates and bowls that you won’t be taking with you. You can throw away anything that has cracks or damage, as well as anything too old to use (unless it has sentimental value to you). It’s then time to put the stack of paper on the counter, put a plate in the middle, cover the plate with a sheet of paper, and stack the next plate on top. Finally, wrap it all up. You can do the same thing for up to five plates and bowls with paper in between and stack them one at a time. There won’t be any scratches when you move things with these.

Glasses, mugs, and wine glasses

Cover each glass with a piece of paper and roll them up. First, you can wrap the base and handle of a wine glass. Then, you can put the crushed paper on the bowl, and then seal it up. You can also use towels to add extra padding. Set them aside, then proceed with the next set of


Note: During the process of wrapping, make sure it’s not too tight and that each of them has room for air. This will help in adding up the protection. Finish by taping every corner or crushing the paper together. Remember to use this method when you wrap plates, bowls, and other fragile objects.


Spoons, forks, and knives can be neatly wrapped in individual bags or wrapping paper. You can bundle up to ten spoons. It’s better to put them in an organiser and wrap them in paper and tape to keep them safe.

Are knives safe enough there?

You can use potholders or oven gloves since it is thick for them and make sure they are not going to slip off. You can also use your old clothes as a wrap, but be sure to use tape to ensure a tight seal.

Plastic containers such as Tupperware.

Every box counts, so make sure to leave room for significant items. They will take up a lot of space if you wrap them piece by piece. Because they are made of plastic, you can stack the lids all the same way. If containers have different shapes, you can find small ones and put them inside bigger, irregular ones to make space as well. Finally, add some sheets of paper.

Pots and pans

In the same manner, layer the pots and pans with the use of sheets of paper in between. Sort it out and if you see that there is damage, then it’s not worth the effort and cost of moving. It is just easier to pack these kinds of items, but make sure to double the outer part as well, including the handles.

If they’re already clean and washed, tape and secure the lids and holes so you can use them right after you unpack, especially if you’re too lazy to clean them.

Small appliances

Alternatively, you can wrap this equipment, such as your blender, coffee maker, and toaster, with wrapping paper, but if their original packaging is still available, you should use it instead because it is more durable. You can also use cardboard boxes if you want to add security while on the road. Make certain that the appliances are lightweight for the boxes to remain intact.

How to pack everything in the boxes.

This step is crucial when you are putting all of your supplies in a box. It is important to ensure that your kitchenware will be safe. Before putting the kitchenware in the box, add the crushed, rolled-up paper to the base to provide extra cushioning to prevent any impacts while moving it to the truck. You can build a nest of sorted papers for excellent protection and then stack your plates and bowls vertically. The reason for this is that while they are in this position, they are stronger and less prone to breaking.

Adding crushed paper to gaps in the corners of the box after you’ve filled it with heavier items will ensure that nothing will shift or move when the boxes are lifted and stacked on top of each other. Once it’s done, do the same thing again, but this time separate the layers between the plates by piling up crushed paper.

For glasses, you want them to stand up vertically, not sideways. If there are any open pockets, repeat the process with crushed paper until the spaces in the boxes are filled. As the weight of your box increases, the third layer should be lightweight materials such as Tupperware and mini appliances that do not weigh a lot. To finish it off, add another layer of crushed paper so that the lid does not collapse when you push it. Close the box’s lid with tape and label it.

For wine glasses or other fragile items, wrap them in a 1.5L box and fill them up with crushed paper the usual way. Then place them in a large box or dish barrel and keep adding crushed papers to ensure that they do not collide with one another. Given that wine glasses are so fragile, following this procedure may not only help you feel relieved, but it may also ensure that they will arrive in good condition at the new location without any scratches.

Hire a moving company to help you pack

Moving is not a simple process; it takes an investment of time and effort in preparation, organisation, and planning. It becomes quite difficult, especially if you are working and don’t have enough time or if no one can assist you in getting things done. People nowadays hire movers to make their lives easier. With the help of professionals who know what to do with your belongings, your life will become much easier.

Some removal companies provide excellent service at a reasonable cost. You may want to look into these companies more. The professionals can not only assist you in organising your kitchenware, but they also know the finest procedure to be used for your items to be completely preserved and safeguarded.

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