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The kitchen is probably the most tiring room when it comes to packing. With all its gadgets, tools and appliances being so small, all the drawers and cupboards needing disassembling, it is best to rely on our moving services Chicago. When you need to prepare the kitchen for moving, you’ll have so many objects of odd shapes and sizes to pack. Probably more than all the other rooms in the house combined. And we haven’t even started mentioning all the different food items. Kitchens don’t tend to have a lot of items you can give away or donate, so if you want to prepare the kitchen for moving like a pro, you have to disassemble kitchen cabinets. This means you’ll be taking most kitchen supplies and appliances with you to the new home.

Pack the drawers and shelves. Start with the messiest drawer. Get rid of surplus items that you haven’t used in the last 6 months.

Use a systematic way to prepare the kitchen for moving

First, we’ll help you with a list of tools and supplies you need in order to prepare the kitchen for moving before your residential movers Chicago arrives. These are the supplies you’d need to for packing a medium-sized kitchen. You can adjust the quantity if you have an exceptionally large or small kitchen.

  • 4-5 large boxes (18 x 18 x 24): For lightweight and hard to pack items such as plastic kitchenware, dish racks, small appliances, baking tins.
  • Around 10 medium boxes (18 x 18 x 16): For heavier items such as small appliances, pantry items, pots and pans, silverware, contents of drawers, cookbooks.
  • 5-6 heavy-duty boxes (18 x 18 x 28): These have thick, double-walls, perfect for packing fragile items, such as plates, glasses, stemware, wine, and canisters.
  • Unprinted wrapping paper: Best for packing fragile items, including food items, small appliances. Purchase a 4- to 5 -lb package.
  • Between 5 and 10 cell kits (18 x 18): Cell kits are extremely useful for packing glasses, stemware, wine, and liquor bottles. They can also be used to pack figurines, vases, and canisters. Check the sizes of your cell kits to ensure they’ll fit into the boxes you have.
  • Packing/sealing tape: Purchase in tape bulk, because you’ll need it for packing all your rooms.
  • Labels and markers: Again, you need to purchase enough so you can pack up your entire house.

Follow these instructions to pack your kitchen cabinets like a pro

Now you can start to sort, select, and simplify. Before you move, be strict when selecting the items you’re taking with you. Proceed to separate the items you’re leaving behind. Make sure you select a different place for the things you won’t be taking. To carefully prepare the kitchen for moving, you need to double-check the cabinets to make sure you’re not packing items that are not moving with you. Go through each cabinet and drawer and be very rigorous and selective. You can donate suffice items to shelters or food banks. While you prepare the kitchen for moving, you could also organize a garage sale, or give stuff to friends and neighbors.

Woman in a kitchen in red heels
Pack the cutlery drawer, keeping only one set per family member. Store them in your essentials box and take it with you.

How to efficiently prepare the kitchen for moving

  1. Prepare an essentials box. Prepare all the things you’ll need for your last two days at your current address. Also, prepare some crucial things for the first two days in your new home. You’ll need things like dishes, cutlery, food items, smaller appliances, dishtowel, dishcloth, dish soap, etc.
  2. Rent or buy packing materials. We’ve listed some very useful items above. It is good to have a lot of boxes and packing equipment that will ensure you can prepare the kitchen for moving in a seamless and efficient manner. Packing paper is essential because it has no ink that can rub off on items and leave stains as opposed to the newspaper.

Packing items you don’t frequently use:

When you start to prepare the kitchen for moving, begin with the items in your cupboards and drawers that you don’t use regularly. These can include:

  1. Vases, crystal
  2. Food storage containers
  3. Wine glasses
  4. Mixing bowls
  5. Cookie sheets, pie pans
  6. Small appliances, such as mixers, blenders, etc.
  7. Cookbooks
  8. Extra dish towels, dishcloths, and oven mitts
  9. Special utensils, like barbecue tongs, meat mallets, ladles, or spatulas
  10. Any special dishes, for example, serving plates, condiment dishes, cream and sugar containers, etc.
  11. Pictures and any wall ornaments that you might have hanging
Cookbook you should pack in order to prepare the kitchen for moving
Note that you should pack cookbooks flat to prevent bending the spines if they have them. Place the books in the box according to preference; keep the books that are most used on top.

An easy and effective plan for preparing kitchen cabinets for moving

  • Carefully pack your dishes. Assemble some cell boxes designed for packing glasses and stemware. Take your time when you pack cabinets. You need to ensure you pack the items carefully, effectively and meticulously.
  • On the other hand, you can pack up all the drawers and shelves fairly quickly. Simply throw all of their contents in corrugated cardboard boxes. You could use this step to get rid of suffice items or items you haven’t used in the last 6 months.
  • Packing your pots and pans. Remember to set aside one all-purpose pot for your essentials box and for heating up quick meals during this period. Then proceed to prepare the kitchen for moving by packing the rest, together with all the lids and crockery.
  • Empty the pantry. You should organize the pantry before you start packing anything in your kitchen, especially your cabinets. Sort it out on time for the moving day to go smoothly. Start with the spices, then proceed to prepare the kitchen for moving by working your way to the larger items. Tape up food packages that are easy to open and toss out all perishables. Remember to clean out the freezer as well.

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