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Our expert moving tips can make packing your kitchen a lot easier. Start the process by making sure you have all the necessary supplies:
- Sturdy boxes in various sizes with flaps that can be completely closed
- Packing paper
- Small sealable bags
- Packing tape
- Permanent markers
Remember, when you are packing breakable items, you will want to pad the bottom of your boxes with crumpled packing paper. Write "fragile" on the box and draw an arrow to indicate which side should face up.
Wrap plates individually in clean packing paper. Using several sheets, start from the corner and wrap the paper diagonally across the dish. Continually tuck in the overlapping edges. Place the plates on their edges in a sturdy box. They should never be packed flat. Put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and build up in layers with the lighter items toward the top. Separate the layers with crushed paper.
For bowls with lids, wrap a layer of paper around the bowl. Place the lid upside-down in the bowl, then wrap the bowl and lid together in a double layer of clean paper. When packing oddly shaped items be sure to protect any handles by wrapping packing paper around them, then wrap the rest of the item in a double layer of paper. Do the same for cups and place them upside-down in the box.
Small Appliances & Cookware
Items like toasters and other small appliances should be packed individually and placed inside a box padded with crushed paper. Label the outside of the box with the name of the appliances inside. Wrap pots, pans and other cookware in clean packing paper using the same method you did with the plates.
Do not take any perishable food items on your move, and only take things that you are sure will travel well. Use packing tape to seal up any open boxes of dried or powdered foods, such as pasta, rice or cereal. Place liquid items that could easily spill into a sealable plastic bag, then wrap them in paper to prevent breakage.