How to Pack Your Kitchen For Moving

By · October 20 2020
How to Pack Your Kitchen For Moving

Packing your kitchen is not a job you can rush through. With all the number of fragile items that can be found in your kitchen, plus food items and various stuff in different shapes and sizes, we can all agree that is the hardest to pack when doing a home move.

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Below are some tips you can follow on how to pack your kitchen for a successful move to your new home.

Get organized

Moving is the best time to cut down the stuff you have in your home. When going through each drawer and cabinet in the kitchen, identify the items that you no longer need or you don’t want to bring to your new home. Doing this will lighten your load when moving.

Items that you may no longer need but are still in good condition can be sold, gifted to family and friends, or better yet, donated to charity organizations.

Gather your materials

Since the kitchen has the most fragile items you can find, make sure that you have the right packing supplies to secure your kitchen items through the entire journey of the move.

Invest in heavy-duty boxes in various sizes, a good amount of packing paper and bubble wrap, packing tape, markers. It would also be easier if you purchase dividers for your stemware, to ensure they stay in place and prevent them from tapping each other.

Prepare an Essentials Box

Before packing your whole kitchen, remember to set aside kitchen items that you’ll need on hand for the last couple days before your move and on the first couple of days in your new home. Leave a plate, cutlery and cup, for each member of the family. You also need to leave a couple of bowls, dishtowels, appliances such as toaster and coffee maker, food items, dish soap and sponge.

Your essentials box should be the last box you load and the first box you unload.

Packing the boxes

Time to get down to the business - the actual packing. Make sure that your kitchen items are pack according to its type.


Line the bottom of your packing box with bubble wrap or packing paper. Make sure that you wrap each item and use a good amount of packing paper or bubble wrap to secure the extremely fragile items. You can also use cloth materials such as towels for wrapping and cushioning. Lastly, remember to always pack the larger and heavier items first in the bottom of the box.


Start by sorting your silverware according to type. This will not only make it easier to pack but also efficient once you start unpacking it in your new home. Wrap each type with a rubber band or piece of string. Lastly, place it into the box and then tape it.

Be extra careful with the knives. Use at least three layers of packing paper to wrap each knife. Roll the packing paper over the knife and secure it with packing tape. Place it in a box and make sure it is properly shut. Label the box so you know what’s inside of it when you unpack it.

Pots and Pans

Find a box that fits your biggest pot or pan. Pack them into your boxes by using nesting packing technique, place smaller pots and pans inside the larger ones. Don’t forget to separate each layer with a wrapping paper or padding to prevent scratches.

Food Items

Before packing your food items, sort it and throw away those that are past the expiration date. Do not take any perishable items on your move, unless you’re moving a short distance. 

Open boxes of dried or powdered foods should be sealed. Seal the top of any liquid items with duct tape and place it in a plastic bag to make sure you avoid any spills. For canned goods, you need to consider the weight of it to see if it’s worth moving. You may want to consider donating these, and other perishable items you don’t want to take with you on your move, to your local food banks.


The best way to pack the appliances is by using their original boxes, provided the boxes are still in good condition. So, if you have the original boxes saved, you have little to worry. If not, you can use packing boxes.

Make sure each appliance is clean and dry before placing it in the box. Dismantle parts of the appliance that are fragile. Wrap the fragile pieces with a generous amount of bubble wrap. For metal and plastic parts, you can use packing paper to protect it from scratches. 

The kitchen is the heart of every home, so it is important that when moving, your valued kitchen items are all safely transported to your new home. May these tips help you make your home move be as smooth as possible. But if you want professional help, you can easily find trusted New Zealand home movers through Wise Move platform. Submit one listing and receive quotes from local and national moving companies who will compete for your moving job.

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