The most time-consuming part about moving is not finding reliable movers but packing up your kitchen. Our kitchens are full of odds and ends that have accumulated over the years, with long-forgotten items lingering at the back of cupboards until it’s time to move.
If you’re planning on doing your own packing, make sure that you allow a lot of time to pack up the kitchen. Not only will you have a lot of items in there, but many will also be fragile or breakable. The most challenging objects to pack are undoubtedly your appliances. You can simply wrap a cup in newspaper, but how can you ensure that your appliances don’t break?
Kitchen appliances such as your fridge may not go with you when you move. If you are moving them, your mover will do this for you. It’s those smaller kitchen appliances that are much trickier to pack away safely. Anything with a plug can be considered a kitchen appliance. A few other items make the list as well, such as a Soda Stream which doesn’t require a cable.
Here’s a list of kitchen appliances you may need to pack:
- Deep fryer
- Air fryer
- Rice cooker
- Waffle maker
- Panini press
- … and more!
The list is endless, and these are not easy items to pack. You don’t want them to get damaged in transit, or they may be unusable when you unpack them. How can you combat this?
How to Pack Appliances
No matter which of the above appliances you are packing, the way to do it generally remains the same. Just make sure to empty each item before putting it in a box – such as tipping the water out of the jug. Otherwise, you will end up with a packing nightmare on your hands!
Cleaning your appliances before you move is an excellent idea because it means they are clean and ready to go when you unpack them. It’s also essential to do so that you aren’t packing away grease, crumbs, and food debris. What if you don’t empty that box for months? You don’t want to open it up to find mould everywhere. You can use a cleaning spray and wet rag to clean the outside of most appliances. For instructions on cleaning the inside, see manufacturer directions.
- Separate Parts
Many small appliances have multiple components to them. A blender usually includes the base, the jug, the lid, and might have separate blades too. If you leave the jug on the base and pack it away, this can disconnect and break during your move. It’s best to pack each piece separately, even if you would usually use them together. Another example is a microwave and the microwave plate inside. If you leave it inside and move the microwave, the plate might rattle around inside and smash. The broken glass would cause a colossal unpacking disaster at the other end, ending up all over your new place.
- Pack in the Original Box
We recommend always packing away appliances in their original box. The box will provide a snug fit for your item, so it doesn’t have room to clatter around and break. Most people don’t keep the boxes their appliances come in, however. If you don’t have the original box, try to find one that neatly fits the item. It can be tempting to put it into a larger box with other objects, but this causes more potential for damage as items bash against each other.
Covering up your appliances using newspaper or packing materials can protect them. First, you need to bundle up the cord and attach or tape it to the side of the device. Tape shut any moving pieces such as the lid on a panini press or a bread maker’s top. Wrap all of the smaller items separately. You should wrap at least three layers of paper on each item to ensure that there is plenty of cushioning.
- Add to A Box
As mentioned, the box should not be much larger than the item. Put your wrapped appliance components in the box, and then add more packing materials until the container is full. By filling all of the gaps, your appliance and pieces cannot bounce around in the box.
Don’t forget to label your boxes! It may seem like a painstaking task, but it will help you immensely when you’re unpacking at your new place. Make sure that you at least label each box with which room it goes in so that your movers know where to leave each box. You should also write which type of items are in each box as well, to them even easier to find. Remember that you won’t have everything unpacked right on the first day. So, when you’re looking to make a smoothie three days in, you don’t want to have to open every box to find out which one contains your blender.
If packing up your entire home sounds like too much hassle, we get it. In this case, you could find movers who offer packing services to do it for you. They will take the time and care required to make sure that your kitchen appliances and all of your other belongings arrive at your new home in one piece. Sit back and relax, knowing that your possessions are in safe hands.
Some movers will pack up every room in your home from the bedroom to the lounge to the bathroom. You won’t have to lift a finger!
With movers packing for you, this can allow you to focus on organising the move, unpacking at your new home, and setting up life in your new area. You will potentially need to get the kids into a new school, settle into a new job, and more. Don’t waste your time doing all of the mundane tasks like packing appliances when you have more important things to focus on.
Many furniture removalists in Melbourne provide packing services. Focus on finding a reliable mover with these services, and you won’t have to worry about those pesky kitchen appliances anymore.