Moving home? Our guide to packing up your kitchen
If you´re moving home, the kitchen is probably the room you are least looking forward to packing. Not only is there so much to box up, it´s likely to be the last room you tackle as you´ll be using most of its contents right up until the last minute.There´s no escaping the fact that it will take t...
20 Jan 2015
If you're moving home, the kitchen is probably the room you are least looking forward to packing. Not only is there so much to box up, it's likely to be the last room you tackle as you'll be using most of its contents right up until the last minute.
There's no escaping the fact that it will take time and be hard work, but with a bit of forward planning and a system in place, you should be able to tackle the task without too much stress. We've put together a selection of our favourite tips.
Moving your kitchen appliances
1) Fridge freezer
It's a good idea to start using up the contents of your freezer in the weeks leading up to the move.
Tip: For inspiration on what to do with odds and ends in your freezer and store cupboard, you'll find lots of ideas at lovefoodhatewaste.com
If you're taking your fridge freezer with you, you will need to thoroughly defrost it before the move. See our Knowhow guide to defrosting.
For the journey, take out any glass shelves and pack them separately. Use masking tape to keep the doors shut and cover the appliance with a soft blanket to protect it in transit. Once it's in situ at your new property, you need to let it to stand for a while before switching it on. This allows the liquid inside the cooling mechanism to cool down. Consult your user manual.
2) Dishwasher/washing machine/tumble dryer
Place a blanket or old piece of carpet underneath your appliance to prevent it scratching the flooring when moving it from one property into another. Most washing machines are delivered with a 'transit bolt' to keep the drum in place on its journey. If you still have it, you should put these back into the machine before moving it again.
Once you've pulled out the machine a little way, you'll need to get behind it to disconnect the taps from the mains. If you face any difficulties you should hire a professional plumber to help you. Appliances should always be transported upright.
Clean the appliance before you move, pack any glass shelves and other detachable items separately and tape the door shut. It's also a good idea to cover any knobs or buttons with tape to prevent damage in transit.
Any gas powered cooker will need to be disconnected and reconnected by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Packing up your kitchen
You'll need plenty of bubble wrap, wrapping paper and tape to pack fragile cups and glasses to keep them protected while being transported. Pack items in sturdy double walled cardboard boxes.
Before you begin, number each box and make a list the contents of each. Mark any box 'Fragile' if they contain breakable items. Always pack heavy to light and stop packing a box if it gets too heavy - you can then fill it with lighter items, towels or bedding to pad it out.
1) Cups and glasses
First place a layer of scrunched up paper at the bottom of the box. Now wrap each glass or cup with a separate sheet of paper and place them in the box in layers (upright is best). Place a layer of cardboard or bubble wrap between each layer until you have filled the box, making sure it does not get too heavy. Fill any empty spaces with more paper.
Tip: It's a good idea to pack glasses into a smaller box and place it in a larger box, padding out the space surrounding it with more paper for extra protection.
Using a double walled box, place scrunched up layers of paper at the bottom and a layer of bubble wrap. Wrap paper around each plate and stack them on their side (not one on top of the other). Evenly distribute them around the sides of the box so that one side of the box is not heavier than the other. Make sure nothing can move around the box once the lid is closed and make sure the box is full so that if another box is placed on top of it won't break anything beneath.
3) Pots and pans
Make sure they're clean and dry, wrap them up and pack them in a medium size box. Add a sheet of paper between any non-stick pans to protect them from scratches.
Ensure all cookware with glass lids are packed separately and stored along with other glass and potential breakables.
4) Knives and cutlery
Always wash your hands before you begin to pack utensils and cutlery. Take a piece of packing paper, and roll up all your items and place them in the box.
Sharp knives should be double wrapped and packed all facing the same way. Make a note on the box what's inside and the direction the blades are pointed.
5) Small appliances
Make sure your appliances are cool and tip out any water before packing away. If you have the box it came in, great, but if not wrap it up and pack it into a suitable box and pad the space around it with paper to protect it.