Learn how to pack your kitchen for a move.

by Amit Kakar
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The kitchen is the room in the house that is the most difficult to pack. There is a lot to accomplish before the removalist arrives, especially because there are numerous cupboards and drawers full with little, fragile stuff.

The greatest time to edit your possessions and lighten your weight is now, so take a moment to sort through your belongings and remove anything that does not serve a functional purpose for you. This can be a particularly challenging task in the kitchen since there’s always that voice in your head telling you that you might want to use that crème brulee set someday, even though you’ve never used that particular set before. Make a list of the items you’ll need to pack ahead of time.

Packing up your kitchen


You don’t want to go through the trouble of packing your complete kitchen only to realise that you forgot to bring any forks to dinner that night. Place the essential kitchen supplies that you would like to have on hand both before and after your transfer in a separate location (or at least make a mental note). Every member of your family will require their own plate, cup, and set of cutlery, and you should also have a couple of bowls on hand. Make sure to keep a dish towel, dish soap, a sponge (which you can toss when you’re through) and any other items you’ll need, such as your coffee maker, nearby while you’re organising your belongings. When you depart, you can store these items individually in a kitchen necessities box that you will bring with you. The following is a list of categories into which you might choose to organise your kitchen boxes:

Prepare your four boxes, one for each part of kitchen cabinets that you will be packing up. A basic rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last six months and toss it in the trash.

Donate or sell your items

Downsizing is good when you are moving; even better, if you can organise a yard sale or contribute to a local charity, the situation is even better.


Everything you need to prepare a meal is included: plates, silverware, coffee machine, dish washer, toaster, and one all-purpose skillet. Use these during the final days of your previous house and the first few days of your new one.

Small Appliances are those that are smaller in size.

Pots and pans that are rarely used, serving dishes, plates, and other things that are rarely used are all included.


Food packets, bottles, and cans from your pantry that you are not planning on using. Keep only what you need out on the counter and pack the rest away. It is beneficial to create a food plan for the week so that you are aware of what you require and do not require.

To fill a kitchen, you’ll need heavy-duty boxes in a variety of sizes, as well as packaging paper, packaging tape, and markers for labelling and marking the contents. You might also consider investing in speciality dividers that are specifically made for packing and stacking problematic objects, such as stemware, to make your life a little easier. Pick up some plastic wrap as well, which is useful for keeping things together while they are packed and preventing them from shifting about (the kind you can use to wrap up leftovers is just fine).

Make certain that you have the appropriate packing supplies. It is possible to save time and effort by employing the proper packing materials, which include anything from wrapping fragile objects to securing pots and pans. Say goodbye to dishes that have been damaged, items that have been misplaced, and additional money spent on repairing items.

Fortunately, you do not have to start at the beginning. We’ve put together a rundown of the fundamentals of packing.

Packing a piece of tape (and tape dispenser if possible) high-quality materials
Boxes for packing in a variety of sizes
Fragile things should be wrapped in foam wrap (or bubble wrap, or Styrofoam peanuts, etc.).
Scissors or a Stanley knife are good options (or tape dispenser)
To label your boxes, use a permanent marker.


Whenever possible, re-use the boxes and packing that came with your appliances when they were new. If not, you’ll need to pack your belongings in medium-sized boxes and use your imagination a little. Before packing, make sure that all of the appliances are clean and dry. Smaller items, such as glass bowls, and delicate things should be removed. To begin, locate the owner’s manual and tape it to the front of the unit to make assembling the device easier. Finally, wrap the fragile items in bubble wrap and the metal or plastic pieces in a double layer of newspaper or packing paper to prevent them from breaking. Place the appliance in the box first, followed by the smaller, lighter items stacked on top of it.

Plates and bowls are provided.

Stack the plates and bowls for easy storage and transportation. If the items are made of breakable materials, wrap them individually before stacking them; otherwise, you can simply place a piece of packing paper in between them. Wrapping the stacks in plastic wrap tightly will help to keep them together. Make use of the area around your dishes and bowls to store miscellaneous belongings.

In the case of flatware and serving utensils, simply wrap the tray in plastic wrap for the easiest way to pack silverware, and then place it flat inside the package. Additional serving utensils can then be placed on top, either loose or wrapped in packing paper (if they are fragile) to protect them from damage.

Glasses and stemware are used to serve drinks.

Using specialised dividers that are designed to fit into standard boxes is your best option in this situation. Even while your glassware is more protected in splitters than out of them, you’ll still want to wrap each item individually in packing paper to keep it safe. Nothing should be stacked on top of your glassware, even if there is enough room in the case for it. Glass is just too delicate to withstand a significant amount of additional weight.

Pots & Pans are a need.

packing up pots and pans

Use a large or medium-sized box to stack pots and pans, with the smaller ones snuggled between the larger ones and a thin sheet of packing paper sandwiched between them. Make careful to add support around your pots and pans by inserting paper or dish towels into holes. This will keep them from sliding around while in transit. Ensure that all glass lids are securely wrapped in packing paper and placed around or in a different box from the pots and pans to be transported.


It is essential to properly box your dishes in order to avoid them being broken during transportation. Pack them so that they are standing on their sides, like record albums, for the optimum performance. You should use foam plates between them, as well as on the top and bottom, to cushion them. Wad up newspaper in order to fill any gaps and prevent the information from altering over time.

Packing some products in packages is acceptable, but you should wrap fragile objects like as china in individual wrapping paper.

Always mark fragile on your boxes, and do not overfill them to the point where they are too heavy to lift properly.