The Kitchen. All tasks involving a kitchen seem to be tedious and time-consuming (washing dishes, cooking, cleaning). Unfortunately, packing your kitchen will be no different. Luckily, we have developed a beginner’s guide to packing your kitchen in the safest, most time-efficient manner!
Disclaimer: I HIGHLY recommend that you hire a professional to pack anything of value. These guys are pros! (most of the time, that is.)
In the event that you are anything like me, you love doing things yourself. Additionally, I was always told that “If you want something done right, you HAVE to do it yourself!” Here is my professional insight on how to pack your kitchen!
First important piece of information: There are different types of boxes for good reason. If you are packing cookbooks, per say, you would use a book box; and if you are packing dishes you would use a dish pack (Pictured above are most of the types of boxes available). Quite a few places offer a buy back guarantee for any unused boxes, so be sure to grab more rather than less. In addition to boxes, you will need to purchase tape and packing paper. As far as tape goes, some people like tape guns, some people hate them. I will have to leave that choice up to you. Packing paper can be purchased at the same place you pick up boxes, and you can also use newspaper!
Once you have figured out what you are packing (books, dishes, small kitchen appliances), you are now able to select the proper box and begin packing.
To build the box, first make sure the box is flat and upright. On each side of the flattened box, fold the top flaps down. Next, open the box (keeping the top flaps folded down) so that it is no longer flat. Flip the box upside down, making sure the box remains opened, fold the two shorter flaps inward, and then the longer ones after. This should leave you with a flat bottom, with one line down the middle, in between the flaps. Use your tape to secure the flaps, straight down that line. Start and end the strip about 2 inches up each side. Place two more strips of tape: one slightly to the left of the first strip, and one slightly to the right. You should now have three staggered strips of tape down the center line of the bottom of the box. Place one strip of tape perpendicular to the three strips you just applied (making the bottom of the box look like a + sign). For added security to protect from dust, I also like to put a strip of tape along each of the two remaining open cracks at the bottom of the box. Be sure to apply pressure to all newly applied strips of tape to ensure they are stuck. Now your box is built to last.
Time to flip that box right side up! Hopefully you have placed your packing paper in a convenient location to prevent too much back strain. I recommend on your kitchen island or counter top (the closer to your waist line, the better). Using one hand to grab a corner of the paper (one sheet at a time), whip it, shake it, and pass the paper to your other hand. At this point, the paper should be lightly crumpled. Place four sheets of “whipped and shaken” paper, first in to your hand, and then in to each of the four corners of the bottom of the box. Place two sheets of said “whipped and shaken” paper in the middle, to create a sort of cushion to begin your packing. If you are packing books, it is not necessary to create this cushion. As for dishes and small kitchen appliances: I highly recommend it!
Now, with your box at your side (again, hopefully as close to waist level as possible to reduce back strain) set up shop right over your stack of packing paper. In the event that you are packing dishes– it is very similar to rolling a very fragile burrito. Place each item, diagonally, in the center of the stack of untouched packing paper. Using one to two sheets, fold the right and left corners inward , and then fold the remaining two corners inward around the object until it is fully covered. The paper should be wrapped snug around the item.
Snugly place the larger, heavier dishes (Plates, large bowls, serving trays) at the bottom. Once the bottom is full, and before stacking anything on top of this layer, be sure to create another layer of “whipped and shaken” cushioning to maximize safe transportation. Keep repeating this process until the box is full.
Once the box is full, create a final layer of cushion. Yes, still “whipped and shaken”. You may need to rip the small strands of cardboard, which hold the top flaps together. Once you do this, fold the shorter two flaps inward, followed by the longer two. The box should be solid on top when you close the flaps, not crushing at the top what-so-ever. This is crucial. Repeat the same taping process described when building the box. Now properly label your box with a permanent marker, and on to the next one!
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