That means now more than ever people are moving to and from the San Francisco Bay Area. There is a lot of packing and moving to do!
For many homeowners and new home buyers, the kitchen can be the biggest headache when it comes to moving. Packing up your kitchen may include heavy pans, fragile glasses and plates, and a variety of different shapes and sizes.
With some expert tips, you’ll find it may be easier than you think. You’ll be finished packing up your kitchen in no time.
9 Tips To Get You Started
Don’t start packing up your kitchen just yet
A great rule of thumb for every room in your home is to not start packing right away. A great move requires planning.
Unless you survey the entire kitchen you may waste valuable space or start cramming things into boxes without any rhyme or reason.
Kitchens have a way of hiding numerous items in storage. Make sure you check all the drawers and cabinets.
That old crock pot you forgot about maybe way at the back of one of those cabinets. The same is true for fine china and glasses.
First things first when packing your kitchen is to look around and find out everything you need to move.
Start eating or get a cooler
What about the perishables in your home? You may think you should deal with them last, but now is the time to think about your refrigerator.
Planning your eating habits and grocery schedule around moving day can save you the trouble of packing and moving perishables.
But if you have a full fridge and need to bring those items along, make sure you invest in coolers to pack those perishables.
This is a good time to look around your pantry and cupboards too. If you have canned foods or stored items that have been there for years it could be time to let them go.
Donating non-perishable items to charity can ease the burden on moving day.
The original boxes
If you are like some of us you may already have some of the packing boxes you need. You may have kept those appliance boxes when you bought a new toaster oven or coffee maker.
You can make use of the original boxes for your appliances. This way, you’ll find all of your appliances arrive safely.
If not, you will have to use medium weight boxes for your appliances. Unless you use medium weight boxes the cardboard may not stand the weight of those appliance components.
Invest in the right supplies
Even if you have the original appliance boxes you will need supplies to pack properly. Fine china moving will require bubble wrap and sturdy boxes.
Also, since the dinnerware can be heavier, you don’t want to overpack. It won’t just put a strain on the boxes.
That extra weight can put a strain on the plates and platters themselves. But with plenty of packing paper, boxes of all sizes, and bubble wrap be assured your items will arrive in great condition.
Speaking of groceries…
Take a look at how the baggers at the grocery store pack your food up. Every packing professional can learn a thing or two from the grocery store.
At the grocery store, they place heavy things at the bottom, similar items in the same bags, and use multiple bags to make the task easier.
This doesn’t just assure that your bags will be easier to carry. And it also doesn’t just assure that your items won’t be crushed.
By packing bags this way it is easier to unpack when you get home.
Think about unpacking
Your new kitchen won’t be the same as your current one. But you will have a similar needs for storing plates, utensils, pots and pans, and the like.
If you think about unpacking while you are packing the entire process will be easier. You can organize boxes like they will be unpacked.
And one can never spend too much time labeling! Remember, if you are pressed for time and haven’t unpacked yet, you may need your kitchen items first!
Use big boxes
Remember buying all those different sized boxes? Pots and pans are the one place you should feel free to use larger boxes to move.
For many other items the larger boxes may hold and may fit your belongings, but they can be incredibly heavy for you to manage while trying to unpack.
With pots and pans, their empty space makes it okay to use the larger boxes. You can also use bubble wrap sparingly here.
If you have glass lids you may want to wrap them in bubble wrap securely and place them in a different box.
A process for breakables
Those glass lids aren’t the only things that need special attention. If you have a staging area where you place all your breakable items you will make sure to wrap them properly before packing.
Double duty for linens
All of your towels, napkins, placemats, and tablecloths can come in handy. As you wrap and pack your breakables you can use your linens for padding,
You’ll find your glasses and china packed in bubble wrap and your linens have extra protection.
Packing Up Your Kitchen
For packing up your kitchen sometimes it’s best to trust the experts. Jay’s Small Moves can help.
Median home sales continue to climb in the San Francisco Bay Area. It means that more people are buying and moving.
Jay’s Small Moves loves helping our clients. We will make sure your kitchen and every room in your home get to there destination safely.
Moving is stressful enough without having to focus on wrapping every glass. Jay’s Small Moving can cut the stress and get you settled faster.
Contact Jay’s Small Moving today.