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How to Pack Your Kitchen for Moving

How to Pack Your Kitchen for Moving

Compared to other rooms in the household, packing a kitchen for a move can seem like the most difficult one. It houses a wide range of objects that vary in size, shape, and fragility. There are also certain perishable items you have to take care of. So each item may require different packing preferences. 

That is why you need to plan this process meticulously. Doing so will save time and effort for both you and your family. Here are certain tips on packing your kitchen that covers all steps of the process. 

Sort and Organize

As with most rooms, while moving, you will have to declutter your kitchen before packing its items. Doing so will let you figure out which items need to go where and which of them you can say good-bye to. This makes the entire moving process more efficient and fruitful since you are no longer carrying any unnecessary or expired items to your new place.

Start by sorting out all your kitchen items. Take out everything stored in the cabinets and drawers. Keep all the damaged objects together so that you can discard them easily. 

If there are unharmed items that you don’t need or want anymore, you can just donate them to those who do. Remember also to declutter your pantry to get rid of expired food. 

Declutter your kitchen before packing the items to make the moving process more efficient.

Packing Supplies Needed

Before starting to pack, you need to keep the essential packing supplies handy. Arranging them in advance will increase efficiency since you don’t have to go look for them in the middle of packing. Below are some of the packing supplies that you will need: 


Since kitchen items come in all shapes, sizes, and weights, you will need a variety of boxes ready to pack them. Try to pick the ones with handles so that you can easily move or lift them during the relocation. Ensure that the ones used for carrying glassware or similarly fragile items are sturdy enough to do the job.

Packing Tape

Packing your kitchen items for moving will require a lot of packing tape. So try to get it in bulk and make sure it is of high quality. It will help to secure boxes, lids, and certain accessories such as appliance’ cords.

A dispenser and packing tape are used in packing a box.
Use a high-quality packing tape to pack your kitchen items.

Wrap and Padding

You will need certain materials to be used as wrap and padding to protect items from shifting during the move. The popular choices in this category include packing paper, bubble wrap, and styrofoam packing peanuts. Additionally, you will need glass dividers for glassware.


A kitchen consists of many items serving different purposes. After packing them carefully in separate boxes, you might get confused while unpacking them if they are not labeled. Putting a short and specific label on each box will let you know instantly about its contents. 

A woman is labeling a kitchen box for its items before moving.
Put a short and specific label on each box to instantly know the kitchen items inside the box.

How to Pack the Kitchen

There are different ways to pack a kitchen. Depending on your kitchen design and personal preferences, you get to pick the best way. If you don’t know where to begin, here are some basic steps to guide you. 

Packing Sequence 

1. Prepare The Essentials Box

Start by figuring out which kitchen items will be essential for having a meal or two. You will need them to prepare the last meals at your current home and the first ones at your new place. 

These may include a few plates, a cup or two, two bowls, flatware, utensils, and possibly a coffee maker. Pack a sponge, a dish towel, and dish soap too. You don’t have to tape the box right away. Just label it as “Essentials” and keep it prepared for taping on a moving day. It should be the last box to be packed. 

2. Pack Least Used Items First

For your first fully packed box, you can choose the least used items. Choose wisely because you cannot use them for weeks before the moving date once they are packed. These may include specialty items, cookbooks, china, and decorative accessories.

Packing Method

1. Dishes

Since dishes tend to be fragile and heavy at the same time, it is best to pack them in a heavy-duty box. Before placing them inside the box, put two layers of bubble wrap at its bottom. Now use a sheet of packing paper to wrap every dish and then place them inside one at a time. Include the bubble wrap padding every 3-4 dishes. 

Old couple packing dishes using bubble wrap before placing them in moving boxes.
Before placing your dishes inside the moving box, put two layers of bubble wrap at its bottom.

2. Utensils

Put flatware on a tray, wrap it with plastic, and put it in the box in such a way that its flat surface faces the bottom. For other utensils, sort them by size, place groups of similar sizes in zip bags, and put them in the box facing downwards. Alternatively, you can wrap each piece with packing paper.

3. Glassware

Get some glass dividers in the boxes where your glassware and mugs will go. Wrap each item with packing paper, put them within the dividers, place bubble wrap on top to prevent being broken by other items placed above, and then close the box. 

4. Pots and Pans

To save space, place the smaller pots and pans into the larger ones like a Russian doll. Pick a box that fits the largest piece and place them inside with enough padding. At last, the glass lids will need to be wrapped with packing paper. Either put all the lids around the pots or pack them together separately. 

5. Appliances 

Make sure that the kitchen appliances are clean. It is best to pack them in their original boxes. If that is not possible, place them in a box of suitable size and ensure padding with packing paper. Tape the cords to their back or sides.

6. Food 

Pack the perishable and non-perishable food items separately. The first group needs to be transported in a cooler if you need to take them to the new place. Secure all the opened pantry items like spice containers or bags before putting them in the box.

Pack the perishable and non-perishable food items separately.

Since packing a kitchen for a move takes time, start the process a week or at least two days before the moving day. Get your hands on the right packing supplies and materials beforehand to avoid ending up with broken dishes or lost items. 

If you run into any confusion regarding the process or if you don’t have the time for packing your kitchen, you can delegate this exhausting task to a reliable moving company like PacWest Moving & Delivery. Its trained professionals pack, load, and unload the kitchen and other rooms of your house for a stress-free moving experience.