Trying to figure out how to pack your kitchen is one of the biggest challenges of moving to a new apartment. It’s the one room that you absolutely use every day, so knowing where exactly to begin can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re looking for some moving advice to make the process easier, consider these tactics:
1. Separate Your Food
If you’re moving a long distance, we’ll be honest: You’re going to have to go through that awkward last week of having no food in your kitchen. Dry goods and canned items are OK to take with you, but anything else will spoil, so you’ll need to eat your way through your refrigerator your last week in town. If you’re not moving far, you’ll be able to take a lot more with you. Gather a few coolers to transport frozen and refrigerated items, and re-purpose grocery bags to take care of the rest.
2. Ditch Items You Never Use
As you’re digging through the back of your kitchen cupboards to begin the packing process, if you discover anything that you never use or completely forgot you had, toss it or donate it. There’s no need to take up valuable box-space (and value storage space in your new apartment) with that fondue set you’ve only used once.
3. Get the Right Supplies
You can’t pack your kitchen properly without the right moving supplies, so make sure you have plenty of sturdy cardboard boxes, packing tape and newspaper or bubble wrap to keep everything secure during your move. Hint: Before shelling out cash to pay for bubble wrap, see if you have anything around the apartment you can use instead, such as towels and scarves. They’re free and will consolidate the number of boxes you have to use during your move.
4. Sort Like Crazy
To make the process of unpacking your kitchen easier once you arrive at your new apartment, separate the items in your kitchen into categories before placing them in boxes. For example, keep all of your utensils together and put pots and pans in a box of their own.
To avoid a last-minute rush, think about what items in your kitchen you don’t use on a regular basis, and start packing those a few weeks in advance. Save the essential items for last, and place them in a box together so you know exactly where they are if you don’t feel like unpacking your entire kitchen after a long day of moving.