1 Oct 2014
The key to a smooth and effective kitchen move is details. If you plan correctly, you will avoid overloading your mind with question after question, spiraling to an inevitable, migrating-induced nervous breakdown. What am I going to need as soon in the new place? How quickly can I get my spices packed? Where is the silverware? Oh my gosh, how is this all going to get done?!
Relax. Take a deep breath.
To avoid going nuts you just need an executable plan. And a multitude of Sharpies.
This is perhaps the most important tip. Imagine getting to the new house, admiring your new granite countertop island and ripping open the boxes to start getting out your everyday dishware… only to discover your kid’s entire toy collection. Labelling properly as you pack will save all sorts of headaches on the other end of the move. It can also help savvy movers such as FlatRate Moving help figure out how boxes should be loaded and unloaded.
Make a plan to pack away all your specialty items, such as barbeque tools, wedding china and your collection of wine and beer glasses. Begin this process a month or two out from the move date. You can deal with drinking your favorite lager out of workaday cups for a few weeks. Having your precious pieces packed early will give you some much needed peace of mind.
Now, back to Grandma’s china. To keep these family heirlooms safe and unsullied, invest in special packing paper, instead of dealing with old newspapers. Find a proper dish carton and make sure everything fits in the way it is supposed to. When it is back on display in mint condition, you’ll be thanking your past self.
Moving Your Food
Start with spices. You want to be able to access these right away, if for nothing more than grabbing the garlic powder and crushed red pepper to spice up the celebratory pizza you order in on the first night in your new house. Find some decent racks or spinning storage to pile all your spices into. They can just go right into the box.
Have a cooler or two set aside to drop any perishables into on the day of the move. Stock it with ice you buy that day. You will want to use up as much of your meat, cheese, fruit and veggies as possible in the days and weeks up until moving day, but you will have some of that super-expensive prosciutto you bought at the Italian store around the corner and super-special condiments that need refrigerated transport. Trust me.
Pack an essentials box of items you know you will need right away. You will want to take this box with you or let your moving company know you will need access to it. Things like the coffeemaker. Or the wine opener. It’s going to be a heck of a time settling into your new place. Access to caffeine or your best bottle of Cab is what I would deem essential.
On the Edge
When it comes time to pack your most important set of tools, your knives, don’t skimp on materials. Extra paper, wrapped properly around the other kind of sharpies, will be the difference between a smooth move into the new kitchen and an emergency room visit. Or you can take some manila folders, cut them to fit and secure the open side with staples or tape. Whatever it takes to keep those edges from poking out.
Once all the details are in place, just kick back with that pizza and cabernet in your brand new living room. Unpacking all those kitchen boxes can wait ‘til tomorrow.