How to Pack up your Kitchen!

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Needed Supplies

  • Packing paper

  • Packing tape

  • Dish boxes

  • Small- and medium-sized boxes

  • Labels and markers

  • Notepad & Pen

Be sure to secure the bottom of the box with extra tape when you assemble boxes for heavier items in your kitchen items such as dishes. 

TIPS & TRICKS: When labeling your boxes, start with your room destination, for example: "KITCHEN: dishes, pots and pans".  Simultaneously create a Master List on a Notepad with the Box # and the contents inside or take a photo to store in your phone before sealing the box!  


Dishes are one of the more precarious items to move, as they’re fragile and often heavy which will require a little extra TLC.  Dish boxes are essential since they are usually constructed of thicker material to absorb shock as well as dividers to protect each item. 

When packing dishes, create a cushioning layer of at least six inches of crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box, then wrap each individual item in packing paper. Place the heaviest items at the bottom and make sure that no box exceeds 40lbs and be sure to label "FRAGILE"! 


Pots and pans aren’t hard to pack, but they do require plenty of padding to prevent scratches and dings. Wrap pots, pans, and lids in kitchen towels or bubble wrap, and try to nest them inside each other — if there’s still extra space inside a box, fill the gaps with pantry items to make the most of each box. Keeping matching pots and lids together. 


Wrapping kitchen knives both prevents injuries and protects the blades from damage. If you have a knife block, you can simply tape your knives into it and wrap the whole thing in packing paper. To wrap knives individually, use several layers of packing paper to create a “roll” of knives. Starting at one end of the paper, wrap the first knife completely, then place down another knife and roll again. Repeat this process until all your knives are collected in a bundle, wrap it all in a towel and tape for safety.

Pack these rolls in small, clearly labeled boxes, and fill in any gaps with paper balls or kitchen towels to prevent knives from banging around.


If you have the original packaging for small kitchen appliances such as toasters, blenders, and air fryers, you can put them back into their boxes for easy transport. Otherwise, try to pack store appliances in boxes close to their actual size.

Before packing, wipe down and dry appliances. Remove any loose parts, such as a microwave turntable or food processor attachments, and wrap them individually in packing paper. These pieces may fit inside the appliance — just be sure to stuff any gaps with paper to prevent pieces from shifting. With a twist tie, secure the appliance’s power cord, then wrap the item in packing paper. Use more paper or towels to pad the box and place your appliance and any accessories snugly inside. Label these boxes with room destination, secondary label designation (e.g., “appliance”).