Your moving day is rapidly approaching. So, before you put yourself in a stressful situation, you should start thinking about packing as soon as possible. As you begin to sort things out in your head, we’re here to help you formulate your plans. At American Van Lines, we’ve helped thousands of families move over the years. One of the most common complaints we have is the challenge that comes with packing up their kitchen before moving day. Luckily, we’re here to help. Follow these proven tips to help your moving day go as smoothly as possible.
Get as Organized as Possible
As your moving day creeps up on you, it’s essential to remember that movers charge based on the weight of your household goods. This should motivate you to declutter your kitchen and get rid of things that you don’t really need. If you got a new set of pots and pans for your birthday, now is the perfect time for you to donate or toss the old ones. Or maybe you have a bunch of shaker bottles that you never use. Perhaps you could gift them to a family member or friend. Don’t take a few boxes of things that you’ll never use into your new apartment or home. Less clutter will save you money during your move and allow you to keep your new space organized and clean.
Collect the Proper Supplies
In order to effectively pack your kitchen as you prepare for moving day, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the common moving essentials. There’s no way you’ll be able to make this happen without heavy duty boxes, wrapping paper, tape and label markers. When you have the supplies in hand to truly get your packing done the right way, it will motivate you to get started.
Be Smart in Your Approach
If you get an early start on your kitchen packing process, make sure you pack the things that you use on a daily basis last. Choose a few plates and glasses that you can wash and reuse and if you depend heavily on hour coffee maker or blender for your daily fresh juices, you definitely won’t be able to pack it until the morning of your move. Be as strategic as possible instead of just throwing things in boxes and tossing them in a corner for the movers.
Pay Attention to the Details of Packing
While all of the tips above will help you ahead of your moving day, eventually you’ll have to actually get started with the packing. With pots and pans, stack smaller ones into larger ones and make sure that you use a box that’s strong enough to support the weight of your household goods.
When it comes to knives and sharp utensils, wrap each in wrapping paper individually before using a dish towel for extra support. Remember sharp items should always be packed on their side and never straight up to prevent injury.
For glasses and dish ware, invest in boxes with dividers built in to make your life easier. Don’t be afraid to add T-shirts, newspaper or any additional packaging to support your beloved items. Remember these items are delicate so pack wisely and label clearly. This will signal to movers that no boxes can be tossed on top of them during your move. Label it as “fragile” or “glass inside”.
As you pack your spices and other items, try to keep them together in small boxes that are clearly labeled. Keeping items that are closely related together saves you time when you’re unpacking. Just trust us on this one. You don’t want to be spending time searching for condiments.
When you’re finally ready to pack your favorite appliances away, use the original boxes that they came in if you still have them. This saves you from having to take up space in your other boxes of figuring out how to make a coffee maker fit in a box with other kitchen essentials.
We hope that these tips help make packing your kitchen for your move simpler and less stressful. Remember, with a moving company like American Van Lines, you can leave the packing to professional movers If you simply don’t have the time. Good luck with your move!