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Packing Kitchen Items

With so many different items to pack, both big and small, packing up your kitchen might be the biggest chore in the whole packing process. If you take it step-by-step though and work your way from the easiest items to the most difficult, you can knock the kitchen off your list early and focus on the rest of your packing. Of course, there are some helpful tips you can also follow to make your kitchen packing go a little more smoothly and make your life a little easier. 

Since you obviously can’t pack frozen or perishable foods, let’s begin with canned and jarred foods. Heavy cans and jars should be packed in small boxes, because packing them in large boxes will render it almost impossible to carry due to the weight. Cushion the items with packing paper to prevent from shifting.

Glass jars should be handled a little more carefully and you should wrap each jar individually in wrapping paper first, before you place it in the box. Also make sure to pad the bottom of the box as well, to prevent any breakage.

Packing dry food items is a lot easier, as these can just be packed together in a larger box. Secure any open packages with tape or by placing it in a plastic bag.

Next, you can focus on packing your delicate glassware, dishes and china. A special moving box be prepared, with separate dividers placed in between each dish to protect it. Also, place crumpled packing paper on the bottom and sides of the box as well, to serve as cushioning. Just as with other items, the heaviest pieces should go on the bottom of the box and the more fragile items should be placed at the top.

Before you place them in the box, wrap each piece of glassware or china in two to three sheets of packing paper. Then, place it gently into the box – if it is a piece of glassware, place it rim-side-down, and if it is a piece of china, place them in a stack on top of each other, with a layer of packing paper in between each. Then, fill in any empty spaces in the box with crumpled packing paper. Continue this process until all of your glassware, dishes and china are packed and make sure to label the box “Fragile” before setting it aside for the movers.

For your pots and pans, you can pack them in stacks using a method called "nesting." Start with your largest pot, placing it in the center of the stack of packing paper. Wrap it in one or two sheets of paper, tucking the extra paper into the middle of the pot. Then, place the next-largest pot inside the first, and, in the same way, wrap both pots in another one or two sheets of paper. Up to three pots or pans can be nested in one package.

Take the wrapped pots or pans and place them on their side in the bottom of the box. Repeat the steps above with all your pots and pans, continuing to place them on their sides in rows in the box. Then, you may use the same nesting method for the lids of the pots and pans as well.

Lastly, you will need to pack your cutlery, which you can easily do by packing them in bundles of around four pieces. Stack the items on top of each other, all facing the same direction. For example, the sharp ends of all four knives in the bundle should be pointing the same way. Regular packing paper is fine for your everyday cutlery. Lay the stack of cutlery on the corner of the stack of packing paper and roll them in one or two sheets, tucking in the extra paper as you roll. Place the bundle on its side in the box, and move on to the next four pieces.

Use the same process when packing silverware, but, instead of packing paper, use acid-free tissue paper. This will prevent your silverware from getting tarnished.

Once the box is filled, place one final layer of packing paper on top as cushioning. Then, label the box with its contents and room destination.
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