Packing your kitchen for a move

At Volunteer Moving and Storage we understand that packing and moving may not your favorite activity.  However, it is necessary if you are moving or just want to clear up space in your home.  

Below are some helpful ideas for packing the kitchen, one of the most time-consuming places to pack up.


Decide What Stays and What Goes

Go through each cupboard, drawer, and shelf.  Divide the kitchen into items you are taking with you and items you are leaving behind, throwing out, donating, or selling.

Essential Items

You need to prepare an “essentials box” to include what you need for the last two days in in your current home as well as the first two days in your new home. 

Items to include in your essentials box are dishes, flatware, food items, an all-purpose cooking pot, small appliances such as a coffee maker and toaster, dishtowels, dish soap and other cleaners. 

Kitchen Shelves and Drawers

Start with the messiest drawers first.  Work your way through the kitchen, packing shelves and drawers as you go.  Remember to remove any unwanted items as you pack.

Packing Glasses and Dishware

Use cell dividers in boxes for packing glasses and stemware.  Take your time packing dishes, plates, glasses, stemware and other dish items.  Use plenty of packing materials, such as bubble wrap, to ensure each item is packed well. 

Use medium size boxes to pack any pots and pans so they are not too heavy.  Remember to include the lids in the box. 

Packing Food Items

For food items, start by packing the spices you want to keep and then pack the larger food items.  As you make your way through the pantry, double check that any opened food packages are taped closed before including them in each box.

Eat or discard perishable food items prior to moving, including freezer items, unless you are moving to a location close-by where the food won’t become spoiled during the move.

Large Appliances

Finally, always double check your owner’s manual or consult a professional on how to prepare larger appliances, such as the refrigerator and stove, for the move.