Packing up bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms are pretty simple compared to the kitchen which ranges from large ranges to tiny eatable possessions otherwise known as food.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If you’re bringing a lot of unopened canned items, pack them upright in small, sturdy cartons. But make sure each container weighs no more than 50 pounds. Perishable foods should either be tossed or eaten during a last supper celebration at the old place since they cannot be transported to your new address.
DINE AND DASH
When it comes to dishes, glassware and utensils, there are a few rules to follow. First, wrap all fragile objects individually in paper. This includes crystal glasses, china sets, and other delicate objects such as breakable butter dishes, ceramic candlesticks and more.
Large plates should be placed on the bottom of containers while smaller plates rest on top—provided each dish is separated by pads of paper or cardboard. Remember to leave a little room at the top of the box. To further protect your dishes, add a layer of bubble-wrap across the container before sealing it up.
Fine silver typically has its own storage case. If so, use that. If not, wrap each piece in cloth before packing into small containers such as shoeboxes. Everyday utensils require less pampering but equal care. That is, put heavy pieces on the bottom of a box. Cover with a sheet of cardboard or bubble-wrap so you can rest lighter utensils on top. Toasters, mixers, and other kitchen gadgets may be put back into their original boxes for the move. If you no longer have those, use containers similar in shape and size.
If you’re transporting a refrigerator or freezer, they must be emptied and completely defrosted one or two days prior to the move. The pieces must be properly dried and aired to eliminate bad odors so remember to keep the doors open during the airing-out process. It’s also necessary that motors are bolted by checking with your service representative before the move. If your appliance has glass shelves, trays, crispers, pans and other removable parts, they should be taken out and packed separately.
Stoves set for travel must also be disconnected prior to pickup. A service representative can shut off and cap the gas lines on gas ovens while loose coils, griddles, and other removable parts on electric ranges must be dissembled and packed separately.