Now, as the day of your move to Beverly Hills, CA, is approaching, you are probably going over your belongings frantically and wondering what you should and what you shouldn’t take with you to your new home. The topic of that set of beautiful china, in your family for ages, which your grandaunt has given you has probably come up, and you’ve begun stressing as to how, you shouldn’t disappoint your grandaunt, you will pack them and move them, without losing even one of them to the accidents of the relocation itself. Luckily, we wouldn’t want to unnerve your grandaunt either, so, we are here today to give you some tips on how to pack and relocate your whole kitchen, in a couple of easy steps.
Start sorting before you start packing for your move
If we have already reached the topic of how to move a kitchen, then you’ve probably read this piece of advice already: sort through your belongings. We advise you to decide quickly which items you will be taking with you to your new home in the beautiful Beverly Hills and which you will not, and sort them in different piles. If you have enough time, start with the things seldom used and then continue up to those that you need on a daily basis. The things that you do not need, we suggest that you donate to shelters, food banks or hold a garage sale and sell them or give them to your friends and family.
As you are sorting, let us give you another piece of advice: Survival Box. The so called and famed Survival Box contains the essentials that you will need during your last days at your current home and from the first day in your new home. It includes things like dishes, cutlery, food, coffee maker, toaster, dishtowel, soap, etc. We advise that you make a small checklist of these things and pin it on your refrigerator, so that you can keep them in mind as the last things which you will pack.
Prepare and begin the packing for your move
- Buy and collect packing materials for packing your kitchen
Here, we would advise you to get the packing essentials for your kitchen, such as, boxes (large, medium and heavy duty), unprinted news wrap or newspaper, packing tape, markers, labels, bubble wrap, cell kits, etc. You can get most of these in local stores, and if not, some moving companies offer them for an extra cost. Also, there are companies that rent boxes for the duration of your change of residence, as a more green option of relocating. If you have any original packaging for vases, dishes or glassware, we suggest that you use them.
- Seldom used items from your kitchen first
This is also a piece of advice, also called the Golden Rule, which you have probably heard numerous times. We suggest that you start your kitchen packing process, before your move to Beverly Hills, with the items that you use rarely. So, begin with vases, food storage containers, fancy wine glasses, small appliances, mixing bowls, special utensils, special-event dishes etc. We suggest packing the heavier items into smaller boxes, so that the movers will easily lift them and place them into the truck. Also, be sure to label the insides as fragile and mark which side is up and which is down.
- Packing wine, liquor and other unopened bottles from your kitchen
We would advise you to first sort through the unopened, and only unopened, bottles of your kitchen and decide which are worth moving, as the weight costs, to Beverly Hills. Decide and then begin packing them, into their original packaging, if you have it, or into boxes. Cell kits come in handy here, as they can divide the glass bottles well. We also suggest that you use an ample amount of packing paper and bubble wrap, as well as leave a bottle or two of alcohol to be opened before the relocation itself. Just something extra for that evening of relaxing with your neighbors which you have jotted down in your plan.
- Packing kitchen drawers and shelves
Here we give you another rule of thumb for packing your kitchen: if you haven’t used in the last 6 months, you don’t really need it. Hence, you shouldn’t move it to Beverly Hills. Start with your messiest drawers and sort through them, wrapping utensils in packing paper before you place them in boxes. Consider putting them in between other items, such as bottles or jars, to save space. Also, make sure to take aside enough cutleries for your family and place it in your Survival Box. If you are packing your cook books from your kitchen now, place them one on top the other, so that you won’t bend their spines during the move and damage them.
- Packing dishes
Dishes are probably the most stressful thing to pack, and we understand that. You are worrying if the plates and glasses will accidentally break or crack during the move. So, we advise that you place your glasses and stemware in cell boxes, all the while using an ample amount of bubble wrap and packaging paper to keep them from breaking. When packing plates from your kitchen, make sure to stack them on their sides, and not one on top of the other, and label the correct side up on the outside of the box.
- Packing the kitchen pantry
We would like to remind you here once more that weight is money and that you should consider if you will really need to move all of the items from your kitchen pantry to your new kitchen in Beverly Hills. So, if you have any canned food, consider eating it before the relocation, donating or giving it to your neighbors. Also, make sure that you use up or give away your perishables, including freezer items. Start packing from the spices and lighter things, packing them into larger boxes, and working your way up to heavier items, placing them into smaller boxes.
- Packing your pots, pans and appliances
This is probably the last thing which you will be packing, as you use them on a daily basis, especially the coffee maker, so we suggest that, if you are packing them earlier, you sort through the pots and pans and leave the ones that you will need until the day of the move in your Survival Box. Leave enough time to properly prepare the large appliance for the change of residence, so at least 24 hours in advance. Empty them, disassemble and pack the parts together, along with a manual, so that you can assemble them correctly later on. Make sure to wrap the fragile pieces in bubble wrap.
And with this, we hope that you are ready for packing your kitchen, as well as your grandaunt’s china, for your move to Beverly Hills!