|Move your kitchen contents with ease and efficiency so you can enjoy moments like this|
One subject we have not delved into at KFL is the dreaded MOVE. Yes, moving pretty much sucks. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be “movin’ on up”, the actual moving process is not fun. In particular, moving the contents of your kitchen can be a real “kitchen nightmare”. Jeremy, one of my readers from “down-under” just happens to work for a removalist in Sydney that specializes in just such an endeavor and has generously offered to share with us his professional expertise. It’s always an excellent idea to hire an expert if you can but here are some invaluable tips you can put to use if you are a DIY mover. Here’s Jeremy!
Your kitchen contains some of the most fragile and difficult to handle things. Whether it’s your new dinner set or a collection of rare glass bowls, you need to pay extra attention packing the contents of your kitchen when relocating to a new home. Items such as large serving platters as well as little forks and spoons all need to be wrapped with utter care, particularly if you are moving a great distance.
Before you begin to pack make a list of the things you really don’t want to carry to your new home. Improvise ideas for getting rid of them well ahead of moving. You could have a garage sale or donate to the needy. If an item has seen better days it could make more sense to get rid of it and then replace it after the move. If you are too busy to find the time for packing, a professional moving company can come to the rescue.
If you are doing it without a professional help, here are a few tips for packing the contents of your kitchen.
|You laugh but some very efficient packing is involved here.|
Make an inventory
Creating an inventory is the first step towards packing your kitchenware successfully, with minimal or no harm. Review everything in your cabinets and drawers, like utensils, containers and cutlery. Make a list of all the items you decide to carry to your new abode. Remember to consider the weight if it is a factor in your moving expenses, for example if you are moving overseas.
Packing kitchen devices
While packing electrical appliances such as coffee makers, juicers or blenders, it is better to pack them in their original cartons if you have them. Clean and dry these items thoroughly before packing as any spillage or residue left can make for an unpleasant surprise at the other end. Disassembling the appliances can make packing easier an help prevent breakage.
Packing food items
You can pack dried and canned foods if you are traveling a short distance but make sure to check their expiration dates, prior to packing. Avoid carrying sauces and liquids that may break open on the way to your new home and spoil rest of the things.
There are special cartons available for packing fragile items such as dishes, glasses and other breakables. Bubble wrap these items carefully. The trick is to fill up all the empty space in your box with newspaper or any other filler to prevent breakage.
Label, label, label
Towards the end of the process it becomes tempting to throw it all in a box but you’ll save a lot of time and confusion on the other end it you pack like items together and always label the boxes with general content description and room location.
If you are moving overseas, look for a trustworthy removal company to help you. Different countries have varying guidelines you may be unaware of.
About the Author:
Jeremy is a longtime associate of Aussie Man Removals in Sydney, Austrailia which specializes in helping to select the best service provider for a safe and hassle-free move.