Are you going to miss your kitchen when you move to your new home? Just think of all the delicious meals you've prepared for your family there. Of course, you'll continue the tradition in your new kitchen, but before that happens, the contents of your kitchen will need to be packed away or thrown away, and this needs to be done as strategically as possible.
You should start stockpiling newspapers to protect your crockery when it's packed into a box. If this isn't convenient, you can also earmark your clothing for the job. Just set aside a number of shirts (pillowcases, towels and tea towels are also great). Instead of packing these away with the rest of your clothing and bedding, just keep them handy for wrapping around your plates, bowels, mugs, glasses and serving dishes. Make sure that they're clean before wrapping the items and placing them inside the box.
Pack Boxes Correctly
Those boxes are going to get rather heavy, rather quickly. Do not overpack the boxes that contain your kitchen items. If you're unsure, occasionally lift the box as you're filling it, and when it becomes problematically heavy, consider that box to be packed. Mere cardboard can be sufficiently strong, but it will need to be reinforced to prevent your plates from collapsing the box while it's being moved. Make sure that you reinforce the seams with masking tape. Of course, label the box so that it goes straight into the kitchen in your new home.
Start Early, Eat Out
The numerous individual items in your kitchen can make this one of the more time-consuming rooms to pack. Get started a few days before moving day. Yes, this will make it impossible to prepare food, but take this as an opportunity to enjoy your favourite local restaurants one last time before you move. In any event, your fridge should be turned off the day before you move so that it can be cleaned and dried before the furniture removalist company carries it out.
Use Leftover Food
Before you begin to pack your kitchen, use up your food. It's not as though you will reach moving day with an empty fridge and pantry, but to avoid food waste, use up as much as you can. It's not really worth taking food with you, and any loose food items or open containers should just be thrown out. Any containers of food that have not been opened (such as cans of food) shouldn't be wasted, and these can be donated to a local food bank.
Your soon-to-be former kitchen needs some time to be ready to vacated, but this gives you time to remember all the delicious things that were created there—and think about all the delicious things that will emerge from your new kitchen.