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Kitchen preparation for moving

Each room of your home has its own set of precautions to be taken while packing and moving. In particular, the kitchen needs special planning and forethought since there are  plenty of small items, perishables, liquids, and fragile pieces that need to be taken into consideration. To help avoid packing mishaps, we have a three-step system to sorting all kitchen items before you move:

Sort and simplify:

All items in your kitchen have one of four possible destinations: pack, donate, sell, or trash. Sorting should be done a few weeks prior to the actual moving date, allowing plenty of time to make arrangements as necessary.

Pantry – Go through the pantry about a month before moving and make a mental note of items you may want to consume to avoid having to pack it. Also be sure to check the expiry dates on all containers and toss any that are past due. Doing this will allow you to reduce clutter and eliminate unnecessary bulk. The week before the move, revisit the pantry and donate any sealed non-perishables that aren’t worth moving.

Small appliances, cookware, utensils, and dinnerware – Throughout the years we tend to accumulate excess kitchen accessories. Sometimes the extras we collect have sentimental associations, like a mug given to you by a friend, or a small  appliance purchased on a whim from an infomercial that you never use. This is a good time decide what is worth keeping and moving, giving away, selling at a garage sale, or might be less expensive to replace rather than move. Keep in mind that each item you choose to pack will take up valuable space in the moving truck.

Separate the essentials:

Make a list of the items that you will need right up to the move, which will then be the first box to be unpacked upon arrival at your new A&M Home. This may include appliances that are used daily, a couple of pots and pans, salt and pepper, a few cups, and a couple sets of dinnerware. Also, make a prepare a small box for cleaning supplies, since these will be needed to finish wiping down the kitchen before you leave and may be needed to wipe down cupboards and drawers before putting anything away in your new home.

Pack a few days ahead:

Once you have a list of the essentials, you can proceed with packing everything else. On the day of the move you will be busy coordinating the movers, ensuring that nothing is left behind, and cleaning, thus it’s best to have as much neatly packed and ready for the movers as possible.

Regardless of how well you prepare, you can always count on moving days being long and tiring. However, if everything is prepared ahead of time, you will be better able to attend to any setbacks that may arise.