Pre-Move Organizing: Prepping Your Kitchen to Move

Because oftentimes it’s the heart of the home, kitchens can be one of the most challenging spots to prepare for a move. And yet by following a few simple steps and planning ahead, you can be better prepared come the big moving day and arrival day!

Whether you’re packing yourself or having a team of professionals takes care of the process for you, there are some relatively simple steps to take before Moving Day, to help you minimize the packing supplies involved, plus saving precious time and money it takes to haul everything.


Clean it out

Any time you’re moving to a new location, it is a great time to purge and donate any unused or unwanted items. Find a friend who needs that toaster oven or extra crockpot more than you do, offer linens and unopened food for a cheap discount on social media, or donate to a good cause. Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity (ReStore), and AMVETS also will often accept used items (including appliances) in clean and working condition.

In addition, take the time to go through every item in the kitchen so that when it arrives, you a) know that you indeed want it and b) you can actually use it. This might even involve some extra elbow grease to clean out the bottoms of your junk drawer. And if you’re looking for inspiration to organize that junk drawer, you’ll find our tips here.


Plan for the Essentials

Like your coffee first thing? Need that special spatula to cook all your favorite go-to recipes? Plan ahead with your “First Night box” (which could even be transported via a car) — that doubles as your essentials box for the last two days in the current space.

Here are a few suggestions on what to include: dishes or paper plates, silverware, key appliances (e.g., a coffee maker and/or a toaster), basic food (like coffee or an unopened jar of peanut butter), dishtowel, sponge, hand soap, flashlight, garbage bags, etc.


Box it up

Since kitchens have a multitude of different sizes, shapes, and containers, you’ll want to plan ahead for different-size boxes and storage containers. Again, whether you pack yourself or work with professionals who box everything for you, consider what all you’ll need to move:

  • Heavy-duty boxes to hold breakable, fragile items like plates, glasses, stemware, and glass vases.
  • Medium boxes for smaller appliances, pots and pans, cookbooks, etc.
  • Large boxes for all the lightweight but bulky items like dish racks, cookie tins, Tupperware, etc.
  • Wrapping paper (unprinted newspaper) can help in packing all the fragile items
  • Styrofoam packing materials to cushion the most important fragile items.
  • Packing tape (which you’ll need for every room).

Your team at Beltmann is always here to make your next move a smooth transition. Contact us anytime if you need extra assistance or would like a free quote today.