Even before you start packing for relocation, you need to prep a room. This preparation is particularly the case in the kitchen, home to an array of small items.
Organizing first, before you can start packing for a house move, can help you save on time. It means classing everything in the kitchen to avoid packing and moving items you don't need. This will make things simpler for both local and long-distance relocation.
The first step to organizing your kitchen is sorting through your utensils, cookware, pans, and dishware. Class them in categories of what you want to keep, throw, donate, and sell.
Deciding whether to keep it or leave it is usually easy for appliances, pots and pans, and your tableware. For instance, if your new place comes with appliances, you have no need for the old ones.
What about small containers, for example, spices? Many are pricey, and it probably took you years to complete your collection. Replacing your collection would cost a fortune. It makes sense to pack them.
Another consideration is where you are relocating. If it is a local move, from one neighborhood to another, there are lots of stores where you can purchase replacements for kitchen equipment. However, if you're moving to a small town, for instance, buying new materials could mean ordering online and paying higher shipping costs.
Throw It Out? Sell It? Donate It?
How do you settle on what to do with things you won't be taking with you? Lay out all the things you are not packing and ask friends and family members to pick what they would like to take.
Is an item in bad shape? Throw it out or recycle it. Thrift shops don't take goods that they can't sell.
Do you enjoy planning garage sales? After friends and family are done selecting, organize a garage sale or sell items on platforms like Craigslist or Kijiji.
What Do You Do With Remaining Food?
Just before moving house, ask neighbors if they will take the food in your fridge and freezer. Even if your move is local, it can take a significant investment of time and energy to pack up frozen, refrigerated and fresh food. If no one wants this food, throw it away.
What About Cleaning Equipment?
Over time, most people collect various cleaning supplies. In almost any kitchen, you will find opened containers that are years old under the sink. Because they aren't sealed, they will cause spills if you try to pack them. You can offer them to neighbors or toss them safely. Check with your garbage and recycling company for instructions.
After you're done organizing your home for a relocation, we at Best Moves Vancouver will pack up all the items in the house. Whether you're moving just across town or cross-country, we are a reliable moving company.
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