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When it comes to moving, you probably already know that you should pack systematically. The main thing that you need to do is to label boxes clearly. That way, you will have a much easier time unpacking. But when it comes to packing your kitchen for the move  – you probably don’t have an idea where to start. So many plates, cutlery, appliances, pots and similar. And of course, you are afraid that you won’t pack them correctly and they will come shattered to your new place. But don’t worry – our movers Brooklyn created this simple guide to help you so you can move your whole kitchen with ease!

Where to start when packing your kitchen for the move?

Well, the first thing when it comes to packing your kitchen for the move is to run down all of your food. If you have any food in the freezer, start using it before your move or maybe give it to your friends or donate it. After that, start minimizing your grocery list. Buy only the items that you will use before the moving day. So, the first place to start moving your kitchen is the food!

Sort everything out

Well, this will be a pretty hard task. You will need to sort things that you will keep, throw away or donate. Also, you should make an essentials box, but we will talk about it later. So you need to sort the items that you will be using before the move:

  • Plates, cups, cutlery for everyone for two meals
  • One saucepan
  • Two or three sharp knives
  • Coffee maker and toaster (if you use them)
  • Dishwasher soap and cleaning materials
plate on a table
Make sure to sort everything when packing your kitchen for the move.

The next sorting should be about things that you will carry with you into your new home. You need to check every drawer, cupboard and little-hidden spot to find all the belongings you have. Sort them out and decide what will go into your new home. Also, make sure you have a box ready for all the items you plan on getting rid of.

Essential box

The essential box is a box filled with things that you need on a daily basis. This box will go into the moving truck last. But it will be unpacked first. It should contain a plate for every person in your household, essential cutlery, and at least one pan and pot. That way, you will be able to prepare food and eat, without having to unpack everything. Just in case your unpacking takes longer than you expected.

Packing material is your new best friend

Yes, no matter how you decide to pack your kitchen, you need to have quality packing materials. You need to have good and sturdy boxes, packing paper, packing plastic, cardboard separators for glasses and cups. Markers, tape even packing peanuts. You need to make sure that you have good and quality materials so you can be sure that your belongings will come to your new home in one piece.

Getting all those materials can be a drag and it could cost you a bit more. But you will be glad you spent the time and money when all of your belongings arrive undamaged. Buy lots of packing paper and plastic and enough packing peanuts to fill all your boxes.

Appliances – what to do?

To be honest, the best thing would be if you still have the original boxes and packaging for your appliances. They are designed to provide the best protection during transport and storage. So if you happen to have them, use them. But if you (like most of the people) got rid of them, don’t worry. There are many ways in which you can protect them during transport.

Food next to kitchen appliances.
Consider how to pack the appliances.

The first thing that you need to do before you start packing your kitchen for the move is to find suitable boxes. Measure the dimensions of your appliances and go to a hardware store. It shouldn’t be hard to find boxes that can fit your appliances.

Once you find the boxes, carefully place the appliance in the box. Make sure that you only have one appliance per box. Otherwise, you risk damaging them. There will probably be a lot of empty space left. Fill it with packing foam or packing peanuts. Make sure that the appliance can wobble around. It should be in the box tightly. Like the first day that you unpacked it.

How to handle fragile glasses and plates?

Packing fragile items is never easy. And it’s never more apparent than when packing your kitchenware. Cups, glasses, plates – they are all very fragile and break easily. So, packing them needs to be done with great care. There are several methods for protecting your fragile items during transport. But here we will go over two of the most popular.

Wine glass
Packing the glassware is an important part of packing your kitchen for the move.

Buy moving boxes designed for glasses

If you’ve ever bought glasses, than you know that they come in a package that separates and protects them. That’s what you’ll be looking for. Both hardware stores and moving companies NYC sell boxes like these. And they give the best possible protection to your fragile items. So, as long as you don’t drop the box, your cups and glasses should be fine.


If you can’t find moving boxes with separators for glasses, you can improvise your own solution. Your main goal is to not let glasses, cups, and plates come in contact with each other during transport. You can use many materials to ensure this. One way to go is to wrap your items in plastic wrap. Plastic will dampen the blow and should protect your belongings. Another way is to use your towels. You can save some money on packing materials by wrapping each glass with a towel.

But, no matter how you decide to do it, make sure you don’t mix items when packing your kitchen for the move. Glasses should go in a box with glasses. Plates should go in a box with plates. And never ever mix your glasses or plates with metal items such as cutlery or pots and pans. And, of course, there are always professional packing services NYC.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011