One of the hardest rooms to pack for a move has to be the kitchen. You’ll need to use it up until the moment you walk away from your old home. It has tons of small items, drawers to be emptied and cabinets to be packed too. This guide should help with the process of moving the hardest room in your home. This guide should help with the process of moving the hardest room in your home while this can advise you on a stress-free, overall moving experience.
Pack Items You Don’t Use Frequently
Start with your big cabinets and pull down every large saucepan and pot that you haven’t used in a while. Most likely you won’t be using them in the next few weeks. You won’t need those storage containers and lids prior to the move either. You’ll be cleaning out the refrigerator, not storing items for future use.
All those cookbooks you aren’t going to use, special utensils and extra dish towels can be packed into boxes too. Remove the pictures and art in the kitchen to be packed. Those special plates, serving dishes and containers can be packed as well. Florida Van Lines said, “Every time you take an item out of a cabinet, ask yourself if you’ll be using it in the next two weeks.” If the answer is no, you can pack the items.
Once the cabinets have been packed, start on the drawers. The messiest drawers should be tackled first. Be ruthless, and toss the junk you don’t need. Our kitchen drawers can be a catch-all for everything we don’t need. Toss out those old batteries and random pieces of junk.
Small appliances can be packed during this time too. If you haven’t used your blender in forever, you’re not going to use it again soon. That ice cream maker can be packed in boxes too.
Eat What You Can Before Moving Day
Check your pantry for expired food items and toss them into the trash. Look at the freezer items to see if anything will be expiring soon. Meat should be cooked after a few months in the freezer. You can have your friends over to eat with you.
Invite all your friends over for a potluck dinner. Defrost that meat and create dishes from items that you don’t want to move with you to the new place. When people leave the party, send all the leftovers with them.
Use flour and other ingredients in your potluck dinner. The goal is to bring as little as possible with you when you move. Having all your friends and family over your house has the added bonus of helping you say goodbye if you’re moving far from them.
Moving Day is Finally Here
On moving day, you shouldn’t have too much to pack. For chilled, refrigerator items you want to bring with you, have a cooler filled with ice. If you need to move a fairly long distance, you should avoid bringing food that will spoil. Throw out items such as opened bags of frozen vegetables, eggs and opened bags of snacks.
Spices and condiments can be placed in plastic wrap and tied or sealed with duct tape, so they don’t spill or leak inside the boxes. You don’t want to end up with oil soaking into the cardboard during the move. It can be incredibly messy.
Donate canned goods to the local shelter. There are programs like Move for Hunger, which partnered with movers to bring food to local food banks. The food banks don’t have to spend a dime for transport and homeowners get to rid themselves of extra food while donating to charity.
Any perishables should be labeled as such, so the boxes can be opened as soon as you get to the new place. You don’t want to miss those boxes and have all the food spoil.
The kitchen can be one of the most difficult rooms to pack for a move, but with a step-by-step plan, it’ll be much easier. Don’t move items that you can buy at the new location fairly inexpensively. Donate what you don’t need, like canned goods, to your local food pantry. Get rid of as much food as possible before your move.