03 Mar 5 step recipe to packing a kitchen during a house move!
During any house move, one area which takes surprisingly long to pack (and unpack) is the kitchen. It is also the area of high utility – we visit it every day. It stores our food, water, munchies and so much more. The kind of objects available in this area span across all shapes and sizes. And this makes a kitchen packing exercise all the more challenging.
It’s important to keep the kitchen functional right until the morning of the move.
To keep it smooth as a soufflé, we’ve brought you a 5-step process to make sure that your kitchen packing doesn’t make you go nuts!
Let’s get to the board.
#1 Begin by disposing items which are no longer needed
Dispose. Recycle. Give away.
Kitchens are a notorious spot to store things which are no longer in use:
- that blender which we hoped to repair and never did,
- the chipped blue glass,
- the unused lighter which is lying in some corner for 3 years now
- and the list for this category is endless
This is the best time to get rid of items which you wouldn’t use. If you didn’t use it in the last 1 year, there is good reason that it will never be used.
Packing these will only be an additional burden on you. So free yourself of the unnecessary stress, and dispose, recycle or give them away.
#2 Make friends with packing paper
Before a house move, people head to secure cardboard boxes – in heaps. But they forget the main element which works as a buffer and prevents breaks – packing paper.
While most people swear by newspapers to serve as packing paper, it isn’t the best.
- Printed newspapers can leave marks behind on your cutlery.
- Also, if due to any unexpected reason, water drips onto the boxes; there is a high chance that the ink from the newspaper can stain the cutlery.
Packing paper not only helps keep the cutlery free of visual damage, but it is also thicker and sturdier. This kind of paper gives a good buffer in the event of any fall.
#3 How does the packing itinerary look like?
Just like you’ve made travel itineraries in the past, you need to approach your kitchen packing itinerary in the same way.
Move from visiting the infrequent (least-used items) to the most frequent (most-used items).
- Begin by visiting the infrequently visited / least-used items in the kitchen such as cake stands, vases, artifacts.
- Next, hit the semi-frequent items such as serve ware, cookbooks, trays, tea sets etc. With a moving coming up, there are less chances you will be inviting guests over.
- As you move closer to the move day, pack the plates, bowls, glasses and forks/spoons. Leave only the quantity used by the family. Say you use 5 cups every day. Leave only those out.
#4 Individual attention to items
The kitchen is one such place in the house, wherein the items are multi-natured.
Large appliances need a different kind of attention from cutlery.
- Fridges need to defrosted before moving.
- Gases and water mains need to be disconnected.
- Plates need to be individually wrapped as opposed to wrapped as one bunch whole. This is to ensure that any kind of friction is absorbed.
- Wine bottles must be packed individually as well.
Experienced and relocation friendly movers in Singapore will help you divide the larger items from the smaller ones, and give it the necessary kind of attention required.
#5 Let’s not forget perishable food
In case your mover hasn’t told you this, let us tell you to avoid any last minute surprises.
Your mover will not move perishable items (eggs, fruits, bread, milk, meat, etc.) for health and safety reason.
In order to avoid waste, make sure you don’t buy any new grocery when the shifting day is nearing. Try to consume the remains. However, if a lot of any item is left; try packing it into foil/ icebox/ insulated box and carry it in your personal purse or backpack. This is only if the new place isn’t too far from the current one.
The next phase is unpacking into the new kitchen. To make it less daunting – label, label and label right when packing. The more obsessively everything is labelled, the easier it will be to find items of urgency. This technique always pays off, trust us!
This way you can know where your essentials are (cup and coffee powder to begin with). Chug a full mug, and merry setting up!
Reach out to experienced and relocation friendly movers in Singapore to ensure that not only your home move is hassle-free, but also setting up your new kitchen doesn’t take eons.
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