Packing Up the Kitchen is a Tough Job; Make Sure You Do it Properly
Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012
The kitchen is probably the room that takes the longest to pack. Usually, it's filled with endless tiny pieces of equipment, cutlery, dishes and utensils, and one often gets surprised when emptying the cupboards. So we will give you a tip or two for executing the operation with perfection. Because it is not necessary that you to be turned into a bundle of nerves by spoons and plates, is it?
As years go by, an unbelievable amount of different tools is gathered in the kitchen. You want homemade ice cream during a hot summer day and you buy ice cream bowls to accompany it. For some kinds of parties, you've purchased a set of tea-things; a ladle for serving the soup at a formal dinner; scissors for cutting chicken ... Since tea sets, for example, are used more often as part of the decoration rather than drinking tea, you rarely invite people to dinner when the house is a mess and for everyday sustenance, it is more practical to just cut the chicken with a knife, you may begin with moving those items first.
Most of the kitchen items are fragile because materials like glass, china and plastic are used for a wide range of things. That is why they must be carefully packed. There are two stages of packing - wrapping the items and then putting them in boxes. For the first part we advise that you use soft paper, cotton or other cushioning. To prevent breaking during transportation, every piece must be wrapped individually, not in sets or groups. Treat other fragile objects like clocks, cups and mirrors likewise. When everything is carefully wrapped it is time to put them in boxes. The pyramidal structures are best, starting with the widest flat plates and dishes at the bottom and continue ‘building' the pyramid towards the smallest ones, usually cups, at the top. The space between the utensils and the walls of the box should be filled with something soft, too. Towels will do fine. They barely leave empty spaces. Marking the boxes which contain fragile items is very important.
Not only fragile items need to be closely protected. Others, like those made of silver, could also be damaged during transportation. Silver plates or pans made of Teflon are scratchable. They also need some protection. It is important to be careful with forks and knives. Put those in different boxes from the former in order to protect their surfaces. Remember, that some knives are especially sharp, so they could penetrate through soft cushioning and cardboard boxes. It's better to put them in plastic or metal containers first. If you keep their original packages they'll suit you best. However, this possibility is the least likely one.
When moving a lot of objects it is possible to forget where you put something. It is a good idea to mark the content of every box.
If you are not moving the entire contents of your home in one day, you should leave an essential minimum of cutlery and utensils, so that you can consume your meals at home.
As the transportation is going on, there must not be any doors of cupboards, refrigerators, etc. left open, because just one hit could damage them. Since there won't be available electricity for the refrigerator while travelling, it is a good thing to use a cooler for the frozen food from the freezer.
You must remember that there are items which are not allowed to be shipped. These may include perishable food, oxygen bottles and most kinds of chemicals and detergents. Items of great value - like paintings, jewelry or documents are also on that list. Thus, you will have to take them personally.
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