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Preparing for a move or to put items into storage can be a strenuous and stressful experience for many people, especially when the necessary preparation is not taken. One room in your home that will likely require more attention than others is the kitchen. While it would be nice to be able to magically transport all your dishes, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances to your new kitchen, it simply isn’t that easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the task of packing up your kitchen easier and more organized. Read on for tips that can make packing up your kitchen more efficient and organized.

Protect Your Valuables

When packing up your kitchen it is important to protect your valuables. Dishes, stemware, cups and bowls are fragile and easily broken in transit to your new home or storage unit. That is why it is important that you protect your breakable objects with bubble wrap, packing paper or packing peanuts. If you’re short on cash, an effective alternative is packing your dishcloths, wash towels or sheets with your fragile items to help protect them should a box fall during the move. Packing towels and other cloth material also helps you pack more efficiently, as you will have less boxes to move and unpack.

Not Everything Needs a Box

Do you have a lot of small kitchen appliances? If you have a toaster, a toaster oven, a microwave, a blender and more, you should know that these items can easily be carried, and don’t need to be boxed up. Save the boxes for your smaller items. Canvas bags that you buy at the grocery also work well in transporting small appliances which can also be wrapped in plastic for storage.

Take Special Care with Cutlery

You must be extra careful when packing your cutlery. Make sure that your sharp knives and butcher block are packed efficiently. Wrap your knives tightly in bubble wrap, then store in a plastic or rubber container that can safely transport the cutlery without the risk of your or your movers getting injured.

Rubber Totes are More Efficient than Moving Boxes

Rubber totes are an excellent resource for moving. Not only do they store a lot, but they are reusable, too. Once you’re done unpacking, they can easily be used for basement or garage storage and can help your new home stay neat and organized. It a storage unit, they stack well and are sturdier than cardboard boxes.

Use Space Wisely

Some people have a very intricate boxing and labeling system. A more efficient way is to combine larger items with smaller items and fill up each box thoroughly to save space. A good method is to organize by room, and not by individual cabinet or drawer.

Check with your moving company or storage facility.  Most offer special packing materials for kitchens, like Dish Kits, as well as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc.

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