How to move a kitchen
Boxes and old dishtowels will be useful
First, prepare all the materials you will need:
- Sturdy moving boxes that can carry dishes and will be big enough to pack all pans, draining racks and other kitchen utensils of a bigger size. If you use the services of STĚHOVÁNÍ Praha, we will lend you moving boxes of different sizes for free.
- Bubble wrap will be useful when packing glasses, bottles of wine or hard alcohol, decorative vases, and other fragile and expensive pieces.
- Dishtowels, newsprint. Are you running out of the bubble wrap? Fragile dishes can be wrapped in the newsprint or the dishtowels. In order that the individual pieces would not get hammered, insert crumpled paper or extruded polystyrene between them.
- Plenty of duct tape and labels with markers to mark what each box contains.
Tip: Are you still wondering what and how to pack? Read what kind of boxes and other materials are suitable for moving.
Get rid of things you won't use
Before putting everything in the boxes, ask yourself the following questions: Do I really use this? Are my dishes suitable for the new kitchen? For example, until now you have cooked
on gas, but in your new home is an induction hob waiting for you, so you probably will need to purchase new pots and pans. Give the ones you don't use to someone else before moving. And that rusty colander after your grandmother, which has been lying at the bottom of the drawer for years, take to the waste collection. Like anything you have not used in the last half year.
Set aside the most important things
Put aside few things that you will use in the last days before moving and during the first days in your new home before you unpack everything from the boxes. The basic equipment certainly includes cutlery for each family member, a bowl or a plate, a glass, and a mug. A dishwashing detergent, a sponge and a clean dishtowel or a kettle will also come in handy.
In addition to the basic dishes, set aside few bags of tea, coffee and finally some food. Eat everything you started or mercilessly throw it away. If you cook in advance, you will probably disconnect the microwave between the last appliances, so leave its moving at the last minute. We have written a more detailed article on how to move a refrigerator and what to do with the food in your freezer, in which you will find answers to many other questions.
Oil, spices, and other treasures from the drawers
Oil, spices, and other treasures from the drawersThe things you use daily put in your box with the basic equipment and pack the rest. Tighten more expensive ingredients, such as an olive oil and pack it carefully to prevent spillage. Try to consume the opened bottles or spices in the bags before moving and keep or throw away the leftovers. You will save problems with moving them, a place in the car (especially when moving abroad) and you can easily buy new ones in your new place.
When you get to the drawers, take them all out. You will have an overview of everything you have in them, and you will find out if you did not find something behind them. You can also move cabinets or appliances to see if your missing wooden spoon is hiding behind them.
Take the time to pack fragile dishes and really wrap each piece carefully. This will save you the inconvenience of beating them. When packing the pans, make sure that nothing touches them, otherwise they will be easily scratched (and for example, you could throw away the scratched Teflon pan immediately after moving in). Do not forget to mark each box carefully so that you know what to look for in them after moving.
Is it too much for you? Our movers will be happy to help you with the move itself, as well as with packing things not only from the kitchen. Call us or fill out a non-binding request online.
What to do in the new kitchen before you start unpacking
It's not over yet by moving. Before you start unpacking and stacking the dishes on the shelves, clean your new kitchen and prepare it for use. What to consider before unpacking the first plate:
- Will you paint? If you are going to paint the kitchen, do it right now. Otherwise, it is possible that you will only stay with planning for many years. Painting, whether walls or kitchen cabinets and furniture, ideally start before you move into a new home.
- Unpack in a clean kitchen. Check the cabinets and drawers to see if the previous occupants have left anything in them (especially leftover spices or food that could mold). You won't have a better opportunity than now for a good scrubbing of the kitchen. Wash not only the work surface, but also all cabinets (especially from the inside), feel free to remove the drawers, they will be easier to clean. Don't forget the space behind the kitchen appliances, the floor, the windows, or the space under the sink.
- Think about what comes where. If you start unpacking without thinking, you may rearrange the entire kitchen several more times before you are satisfied. Feel free to take a pencil and a paper with you and plan what you will store in which drawer. When everything has its place, then grab the first box.