Packing a kitchen before moving

Any move consists of planning, then planning, and planning again, and still – from collecting things. Imagine that you have already resolved the issues with utilities in the old and new location, hired movers in Calgary, and started packing. Where to begin?

A big cleanup is the perfect start. During such cleaning, in every room there will definitely be old things that no one has used for years, as well as broken items, unnecessary furniture, or things that are easy to replace. After spending a few days cleaning the whole house, you will notice how the number of things to pack has decreased. In general, the packing order – books and decor, plants, important items – is kept for each room. But at the same time, it is worth remembering that the kitchen and bathroom are packed last.

There are rules for packing things in the kitchen, even though you can start assembling your kitchen from any cabinet:

  • Do some extra cleaning: your cabinets, kitchen island, dishes, refrigerator and other appliances should shine. Spoiled and expired products should go to the trash, and if you store household chemicals in the kitchen, check their condition. Bottles less than a third full should be disposed of in accordance with the instructions. The rest of the containers must be carefully packed, paying special attention to the lids – so that nothing wakes up and does not spill accidentally during transportation.
  • Designate a separate box for all your spices, and make sure each individual box is wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • Extra food can be donated to charity, as well as extra items of utensils.
  • Disconnect large appliances from electricity and water supply, make sure their doors are tightly closed. The refrigerator will have to be transported defrosted – do this a couple of days before moving and make sure that there is no excess liquid in it. If you have already sorted the food and put it into containers, you can put these containers back in the refrigerator. For reliability, the doors can be tied around the outside with twine or tape.
  • Try to use the original packaging for the transportation of household appliances; if it is not preserved, small appliances can be wrapped with bubble wrap, folded into one box and made sure that they will not move inside the box during transportation.
  • Stack dishes in each other: small pots in larger ones, baking dishes in each other, etc. Between different items of dishes you need to lay wrapping paper. Fragile plates and bowls need extra protection – for example, they can be wrapped with another layer of film or wrapping paper. Plates should be stacked on top of each other with wrapping paper between them.
  • You can stack all the knives together to wrap the cutting surfaces with paper towels. After that, it is worth wrapping them with plastic wrap and fixing the film with an elastic band. For safety, it is better to wrap each one individually. Knives must not be laid with the cutting surface up. All other cutlery does not require such precautions, it is enough to wrap them in film or paper and put them in one box.

Label boxes carefully: the label “Cutlery, lower cabinet” can significantly reduce your unpacking time at a new location. Happy moving.

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