How To Arrange Your Kitchen For A Move

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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.

Contact Best Moves for a free moving quote.

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I have very little experience moving - I packed a few of my smaller items into boxes before the big day, and was smart enough to label and organize them by room, but on the big day there was still lots to be done. Fortunately the guys at Atlantic Coast had extra boxes and moving supplies, including packing tape, and while it might have cost us extra for them to help us pack it would have cost more for us to cancel our appointment, and they were completely understanding. They told us this happens all the time, and we had a great time chatting with them. It took all day, but we successfully moved a poorly packed four-bedroom house from Dartmouth to Halifax in ten hours - well done!

On the phone, Atlantic Coast impressed me with their prices and professionalism. In real life, I wondered why they had so much equipment with them - until the footrest in our old recliner (which my husband and I tried moving) fell off, and the bottoms fell out of two of the kitchen boxes, and we kept finding important items we had forgotten to back. In the end I realized – professionals always think ahead! They charged exactly what they promised, too!

On the phone, Atlantic Coast impressed me with their prices and professionalism. In real life, I wondered why they had so much equipment with them - until the footrest in our old recliner (which my husband and I tried moving) fell off, and the bottoms fell out of two of the kitchen boxes, and we kept finding important items we had forgotten to back. In the end I realized – professionals always think ahead! They charged exactly what they promised, too!

True professionals. They moved my family from Halifax to Ottawa. Very pleasant team, nice over the phone, detailed estimates. I'll book them again next time.