Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but the process of packing up your kitchen can often feel like a daunting task. With its numerous appliances, fragile dishes, and an array of utensils and pantry items, it’s important to have a well-thought-out plan to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you master the art of packing your kitchen for your upcoming move.
How Do I Pack Dishes?
Prepare the Box
Choose a medium-sized box and place crumpled packing paper at the bottom.
Conceal the Plate
Place the plate at the center of the box on top of your stack of packing paper. Gather multiple sheets of paper by one corner and fold them over the plate until it is fully concealed.
Arrange and Protect
Begin by placing one plate on top of another. Then, proceed in a clockwise direction, taking hold of one corner of the paper and folding it over the upper plate. Add a third plate to the stack. Now, grasp the remaining two corners and fold them over the plates, following the same method used for the initial two corners. If dealing with smaller plates, consider stacking more of them together. It’s advisable to maintain stacks no taller than the dish’s diameter as a general guideline.
Encase Your Package
Encase your package by carefully folding the bundle of plates. Invert the stack of plates onto a sheet of packing paper. Secure the entire package with the paper. Begin by folding one corner of the paper over the bundle, then proceed to cover the bundle by tucking in the remaining corners. If the plates are not fragile, it’s possible to pack five or six of them into a single bundle.
Pack It Up
Secure the bundle with packing tape and position it within the box, ensuring that the plates are vertically oriented.
How Do I Pack Cups and Bowls?
Set the Cup in Place
Place a single cup with its bottom facing down about six to eight inches away from one corner of your packing paper. Now, lift the closest corner of the paper and fold it over the cup.
Add Another Cup
Include an additional cup by nesting a second one inside the first cup, and placing the paper between them.
Gather and Fold
Lift each of the two side corners separately, bringing them up and over, then carefully fold them inside the second cup.
Roll and Arrange
Hold the two cups together and gently roll them toward the available corner. Position the cups vertically, with the lips facing downward, near the upper section of the box. Avoid placing any heavy objects on top of the cups.
How Do I Pack Glasses and Stemware?
Prepare the Glassware
Prior to wrapping, fill glassware and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper.
Roll Them Up
Roll the item by placing it in one corner of the packing paper, making one or two full rotations, depending on its size. Then, bring up the sides of the packing paper and continue rolling toward the opposite corner. For added protection, you can utilize corrugated paper if desired.
Pack and Labeling Guidelines
When packing your items, prioritize glasses and stemware by placing them near the top of the box. Heavier items such as dishware and pitchers should be positioned at the bottom of the box. Ensure glasses are vertically oriented with their rims facing downwards, never laid on their sides. After each layer is packed, fill the gaps with crumpled packing paper for a secure fit. Don’t forget to mark the boxes as “Fragile” using labels provided by your local Atlas moving company.
Ready to Make Your Move?
J.W. Cole & Sons Inc. of Florida, situated in Fort Myers, Florida, is a devoted and family-operated business with deep-rooted expertise. Since 1985, we’ve been delivering top-notch, cost-effective services to families in Southwest Florida, proudly serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Estero. Thanks to our partnership with Atlas Van Lines, you can trust us to handle your local moving requirements with a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.