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Five tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments


Moving is a huge task. A lot of people are discouraged just by the thought of having to take on something so momentous. Packing for the move is the first of the tasks on the to-do list for moving. The hardest room to pack is definitely your kitchen. It is full of small drawers, items that go in sets, and cupboards that are all angling to take as much of your time as possible. While there are professional Brooklyn movers who offer a full-service moving package, including packing, some people opt to do it themselves. The reasons for this decision range from financial to personal. Here in U. Santini moving and storage we devised a shortlist of tips that will help you get everything sorted, packed, and moved in the most efficient manner. Let’s dive in and look at five tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments.

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Packing your kitchen when moving apartments can be an exciting family activity

Utilizing the help of professional movers

Since moving can be very demanding, many people decide to look for assistance. Hiring moving professionals will save you time, and make sure that your move is efficient. It’s important to consider the quality of service offered. You want to be sure your things will be in safe hands. Companies with an  A+ rating with the BBB, are your safest bet. These companies have proven, time and time again, that they are trustworthy and reliable partners. If you decide to employ professional movers, don’t settle for less. Remember that the safety of your prized possessions is at stake.

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Hire moving professionals to reduce the workload related to packing your kitchen when moving apartments

1. Basic kitchen inventory – the moving phase essentials

You will want to pack an essential kitchen items box. You will need these items during the last days of your stay in your current place and the first days of your stay in your new one. These items will probably not involve huge pots for complex family dinners. These are the bare minimum of your kitchen utensils for the simplest of meals. Remember, this is just a transition phase and only lasts a couple of days. Try to have the following available:

•    Plastic or paper plates and bowls
•    Plastic silverware
•    Plastic cups
•    A frying pan
•    Coffee cups or mugs
•    Coffee pot or electric kettle
•    Cooking utensils
•    Dish soap and wash rag

2. Declutter before the move

Sort out and get rid of unnecessary stuff before you start packing. Select those items you’re taking with you and remove the items you’re leaving behind. One of the easiest and most practical ways to declutter is to sort them into categories. The first category will contain items you will be taking to your new home. These are the items you will be bringing with you, other than your essentials. These may be brought with you within a few days of the move, as they are necessary, but may not be crucial at the moment. Some of these items may even be stored in storage units via local movers Brooklyn has available.

The second category should be your donation box. These items are the items that may still be useful and/or functional but have become redundant. While these items may be of no further use to you, someone may rejoice to have them.

The third category will be your discard pile. Go through every drawer and shelf and make sure each item is sorted into an adequate category. This way, you will be reducing the number of things you will carry with you to your new home.

A large, modern kitchen
Many kitchens contain unnecessary items within cupboards and other storage units.

3. Order packing materials

The kitchen contains some of the most valuable and breakable items you own. Starting from antique china to actual silverware, electric, or electronic kitchen gadgets. Do not skimp on packing materials! Broken dishes can be hard to replace and damaged kitchen items such as toaster overs or microwave ovens are too expensive to risk packing in flimsy card boxes that were never meant to protect valuable items.

You can save and get supermarket boxes for clothes, books, etc. These will probably not be damaged, even with non-professional packing materials. Make sure the kitchen inventory is packed in professional moving boxes. Call your mover ahead of time and arrange a shipment of china boxes and other boxes you will need in order to pack your kitchen. When it comes to moving and storage New York has good coverage. While you may want to do part of the work yourself, one of the best tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments is to hire professional help.

4. Packing liquids

If you’re a bit of a sommelier and enjoy a decent glass of wine, chances are you’ve got a few bottles of it. Packing bottles and other glass containers with contents within can be a tricky task. These items require a more dedicated approach when packing in order to secure them and their contents. You can purchase transport containers for wine at your local liquor store and you can also order them from your moving company if you end up missing a box. Pack glass or plastic bottles containing liquids in the same type of box. Pack these items early in the process, as you will want them out of the way for the most part in the last days before the move.

5. Mark all your boxes clearly and leave instructions

This may seem obvious when talking about tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments. However, we will share a couple of creative tips that may come in handy.

Mark all your boxes clearly. You may want to outline the contents in more detail, as this will save time when unpacking. This will also come in handy if you’ve decided to put some things in storage and at a later date need a specific item.  Make sure that you mark all of your boxes with more fragile items with the label “Fragile” and even leave short instructions if necessary. You can also put color-coded stickers on your boxes.

Tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments – concluded

Those were the hand-picked tips for packing your kitchen when moving apartments. These tips will definitely come in handy for your next residential move. Keep them all in mind, follow the instructions and you will save yourself a lot of trouble. Good luck!

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