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Moving could be challenging if you are not prepared to pack your kitchen items. Various belongings with an unusual shape scare people who are about to change their home for the first time. There’s no need to worry if you follow our advice.

What is it that you need to pay attention to before you start?

Have some packaging ready

You are going to need various materials for the packaging of your stuff in the room. Go with large, medium, and small-sized boxes, and use them reasonably according to your belongings’ features.

Wrapping paper and bubble wrap could protect fragile items. Make sure you have enough of both. Use newspapers or towels to fill in the gaps. Look for a place where you could buy box-sealing tape in bulk. It will come in handy with luggage from all the rooms in your home.

Part with some of your belongings

You might want to part with all items you haven’t used in the last six months. If a certain possession of yours hasn’t been in use for so long, then you don’t need it. Try to sell the unnecessary items in good condition. You might as well add non-essential kitchen supplies to the back-yard-sale list.

If you don’t manage to sell them, you could donate, or why not give them to a friend of yours. In case you decide to do the latter, first, ask the person if they need the item you intend to give them.

Leave all broken dishes in the past. Worn-out belongings don’t have a place in your new home. Just check and see if they could be recycled. This way, you could enter your new property in a fresh mind, and have more space.

Label the boxes when packing your kitchen

Don’t underestimate the power of labeling. There are various approaches to that, but it is recommended you choose the one that is most suitable for your needs.

If you are one of those people, to whom organizing digital tables come naturally, then you could draw one not only for your kitchen but for all of the rooms in your home. This might take a little bit longer to prepare. Using a mobile app is always an option, and you could arrange all the necessary information in it.

Another approach you could rely on is to manually number the boxes. Once you decide what you are going to put in Box #3, just take a picture of its content.

Essentials box

Your first day in the new place might be quite chaotic. You are definitely not going to be up to rummaging through all the boxes to find a glass or a fork.

The best way to prevent that is to prepare some boxes with essential items. Those are the boxes that would make it easy on you during the last nights in your old place and the first days in your new one. It’s vital that you pack them last and unpack them first. Have an essentials box ready for each of your rooms.

For the kitchen essentials box, pay attention to everyone’s needs. It is important that your family feels comfortable.

A short list of basic items for the kitchen essentials box:

  • A cutlery set for everyone
  • Glasses, plates, and bowls for everyone
  • All-purpose knife and bread knife
  • Cutting board
  • Whisk, spatula, and ladle
  • All-purpose pan
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Strainer and mixing bowl
  • Tea potter and coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Cleaning products


A woman packing kitchen items is watching thankfully a moving helper

Pack your kitchen easily and reasonably

Good preparation is followed by the real deal, which is packing itself. A general rule that you need to follow when packing fragile items, is to tightly secure the bottom of the box. This could be done with several layers of paper or kitchen towels.

Use enough paper, and fill in the gaps in the box with buffer protection. This way you’re going to avoid dislocation of your belongings, as well as potential damage.

Don’t forget to inform the transportation company of which boxes are filled with fragile items by putting a “Fragile” label.


Once you have secured the bottom of the box, pack every dish separately. Arrange them in a box that is big enough for the number of dishes. Here, you could see an example of how to pack your plates. This approach works for dining bowls as well.

Avoid putting incompatible dishes in one another just because you have free space in the box. Use it properly by adding lighter items that wouldn’t be a reason for damage.

Cluttery and cookware

Divide the cluttery into categories. Don’t wrap spoons and forks into the same kitchen towel. Use rubbers to strengthen the packaging so it doesn’t open up.

You could place the cluttery and cookware in the gaps between non-fragile items, or in a pot. If you have sets of fine cluttery and you keep the packaging, you could use it without hesitation.


Knives are the most likely to cause damages. It is highly recommended that they are packed separately from other items.

Place the knife on wrapping paper and wrap it once. With every wrap, add another knife, as you alternate the direction in which you turn the paper. Pack up to 3 or 4 knives together, and match their size.

Use enough layers of wrapping paper. You could also decide on kitchen towels. Again, secure the box with rubbers or zip ties. Don’t forget to label the box with the blades.

Glasses and jugs

When packing your kitchen, you need to be extremely careful with fragile items. A common practice for packing sets of glasses is the use of their original boxes. If you don’t keep those, you could turn to glassware stores for help. They might be nice enough to give you some spare boxes from samples. Use those only if they are in good condition, and with the proper sections for your glasses.

When you start packing, and you’re placing more than one row of glasses, make sure there’s softness between them. You could create artificial sections, like the ones in industrial glassware boxes. Use paper or newspapers to fill in the gaps and to prevent dislocation of the items in the box.

When arranging the glasses in the box, make sure they are the same kind and similar in size. Wine glasses packing requires special attention to their stems. Use the same wrapping approach as for the rest of the glassware.

Liquor bottles

If you intend on moving a larger amount of alcohol behind borders, this might be a bit risky. Consider which bottles you are really eager to take with you.

Have an inventory of your collection early on, and sort the present. Don’t forget that a bottle of good liquor is a great gift. Make your friends happy, and save yourself the heavy luggage.

Don’t wait until the last day to pack the liquor that you want to take with you. Ask around stores again, for suitable boxes. If you decide on packing in your own boxes, then secure the neck of every bottle with paper. Wrap the body tightly in bubble wrap.

Pans and pots

Wrap the cooking vessel in wrapping paper. Lay an additional layer of paper or kitchen towel on the inside of the vessel, and place a smaller one in it. Arrange them in one another and you would save a lot of space. Don’t forget to fill the gaps around the vessels with buffer protection or towels.

Some of the lids might be made of glass. For their packaging, use the method for wrapping plates. Arrange them properly and carefully in the boxes.

Pack your kitchen appliances

Moving appliances requires a more specific preparation. The industrial box is most suitable for their transfer. If you don’t keep that anymore, you’d have to take care of the diligent packing of the appliances.

They need to be well cleaned and prepared before the move. Their extraordinary shapes and numerous detachable elements might look scary, but you don’t need to be worried. Small appliances, like toasters and hand blenders, could be packed quite well with bubble wrap.

For the transfer of larger appliances, you’d need more than one set of hands. Don’t bear the whole burden on your shoulders, but think about hiring professional helpers.

Pack your kitchen - Food

Review your food supplies about a week and a half before the day of your move. You could add to your luggage a small amount of canned food. It will make cooking in the first few days after the move easier.

Try to eat up all opened food before leaving your current home. Limit your purchases of nondurable products, and focus on cooking with what you have. Consider donating the excess canned food to the local food bank.

Other kitchen items

The rest of the kitchen items could be packed similarly to other basic home stuff. Pack baking paper, oven mitts, and others of the kind, together. Label their box with a clear sign.

You are now ready to pack your kitchen and set off to your new home. You might encounter a lot of surprises while moving. Choose a reliable company to help you with the smooth completion of the process.

Find out more about Movega Removals services by contacting us through our contact form, and get a free offer, according to your needs.


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