What you’ll need:
Please note the amount of boxes will depend on how much stuff you have and will be moving, we recommend at least a couple of boxes each.
• Large boxes are ideal for lightweight items such as plastic kitchen accessories, smaller appliances, along with jars and tins.
• Medium-sized boxes are perfect for heavier appliances and items such as large pots and pans, cookbooks, silverware and any miscellaneous items.
• Thick and durable heavy-duty boxes are great for more valuable and fragile pieces.
• Newspapers and bubble wrap can be used for packing-up valuables.
• Stock up on strong tape for securing wrapped-up items.
• A permanent marker and/or labels are perfect for categorising items and keeping everything organised and recognisable.
Top tip: for second-hand boxes and crates go to your local supermarket or charity shop and they will be happy for you to take them off their hands.
Yes, no or maybe?
Before packing, make sure you’re really clear about what you’re taking and you have gone through each kitchen item you own accordingly and then finally decided whether to keep it or throw it.
• Simplify this task by going through each drawer, each cupboard and each shelf to divide everything in your kitchen into what you’re taking and what you’re donating or passing on.
• Making simple piles will cut-down the amount of time you waste deciding what you’re taking or leaving behind.
• If you’ve forgotten about it or it’s no longer needed, throw it away or donate it so save and make space.
• An essentials or ‘must-haves’ box is key when moving. For instance: a kettle, tea bags, a toaster, plates, a dishcloth, washing up liquid, tea towels, some basic cutlery and cups etc. These smaller appliances and kitchenware will keep you going whilst you sort yourself out during your first few days in your new home.
• Try not to pile everything up, just keep the heavier items to one side and create a clear corner for all of your belongings to prepare for the move ahead.
Top tip: when deciding which items will stay and which will go, it can be really useful and handy to work this out by years. For example, if you’ve owned it for over five years, it probably is worth replacing now. If you have owned it for less than two years, it’ll probably have three more years left, of course dependent on the item. This format doesn’t always apply for good you own but it can be a good test for kitchenware that is looking a little grubby. You’ll know what needs to be replaced purely based on its appearance so judge wisely.
How to pack it:
• Pack any cookbooks or magazines flat and this will prevent the spines from bending.
• Pack glass bottles upright and unopened to avoid breakage and spillage.
• Pack your books flat in order to prevent bending their spines and it is also very useful to put the books in each box according to your own preference; Remember to keep the books you use most often on top.
• Pack away cutlery, plates, glasses, bowls and stemware very carefully and use cell dividers in crates. Try and separate these and group together items that won’t break or catch.
• Pack only unopened foods and jars but nothing fresh to avoid any food from going off or being left unattended and forgotten.
Top tip: when packing-up appliances, check your owner’s manual or contact a professional (even hire help) on how best to prepare larger appliances for moving, such as a fridge/freezer or stove. 604 words