How to Prepare for Your Move and Pack Your Kitchen



Packing correctly is essential for a successful move. Packing your kitchen items can be one of the most stressful parts of your move. The good news is our NDMS Dallas/Fort Woth Movers have put together this helpful moving tips video on how to pack kitchenware and other fragile kitchen items.

  • Sturdy boxes in various sizes with flaps that can be completely closed
  • Packing paper
  • Small sealable bags
  • Packing tape for sealing the boxes
  • Felt tip markers for labeling the boxes

Keep in mind that when you are packing breakable items, it is a good idea to line the bottom of your boxes with crumpled packing paper. Be sure to clearly mark the outside of the box as “fragile” and draw an arrow to indicate which side of the box should face up. Company structures . Make sure you label the boxes with their content, this way you will find what you need faster at destination.

Kitchen Moving Reminders

If you decide to pack your boxed or canned gods, they should be packed in a small-size moving carton. Be sure to use tape and seal any open boxes of dried or powder foods such as cereal, flour, sugar or rice. Place liquid items in a re-sealable plastic bag and wrap in paper to avoid breakage.

It is highly recommended to pack pots, pans and similar items in a medium-size carton, always remember to line the bottom with crumpled newsprint. Pack heaviest items at the bottom and build up in layers by separating with crushed paper. Small appliances should be wrapped and packed individually. Wrap cord in plastic and attach to appliance, place a decent amount of crushed paper around for cushioning.

Silverware can be wrapped as a set, if the silverware is in a chest, we still suggest you wrap each piece individually to avoid damage. Fill empty spaces with tissue paper or newsprint and wrap the chest in a paper pad. Flatware may also be wrapped individually or as a set by placing them in a clear plastic bag, then wrapping around with tape. Tea sets, bowls and serving dishes should be packed in the same way as your fragile china.

Cookbooks should be packed flat or with the spine touching the bottom to avoid the glue braking away from the binder in small book cartons. Expensive books should be wrapped individually before putting away.

Packing Fragile Kitchen Items

Packing Dishes

Wrap plates individually in clean packing paper. Using several sheets, start from the corner and wrap the paper diagonally across the dish. Continually tuck in the overlapping edges.

If you are wrapping multiple plates of the same size, stack them on top of each other with a layer of packing paper in between.

Place the plates on their edges in a sturdy box. They should never be packed flat. Remember to put the heaviest items in the bottom of the box and build up in layers with the lighter items toward the top. Separate the layers with crushed paper.

For bowls with lids, wrap a layer of paper around the bowl. Place the lid upside-down in the bowl, then wrap the bowl and lid together in a double layer of clean paper.

When packing oddly shaped items like pitchers, vases or other unusual dishes, be sure to protect any handles by wrapping packing paper around them. Wrap the rest of the item in a double layer of paper.

Wrap cups individually and protect the handles with an extra layer of paper. Place them upside-down in the box.

Small Appliances & Cookware

Items like toasters and other small appliances should be packed individually and placed inside a box with crushed paper. It can help you stay organized if you label the outside of the packing paper with the name of the appliance inside.

Wrap pots, pans and other cookware in clean packing paper using the same method you did with the plates.

Packing Food

Do not take any perishable food items with you on your move, and only take things that you are sure will travel well.

Use packing tape to seal up any open boxes of dried or powdered foods, such as pasta, rice or cereal.

Place liquid items that could easily spill into a sealable plastic bag, then wrap them in paper to prevent breakage.

Most of us throw away a good amount of “stuff” when we move. Unfortunately, a lot of this “stuff” is good food that can be delivered to a family in need. Why throw it away when you can donate it? NDMS has created a great partnership with Move for Hunger. We offer to pick up unwanted, non-perishables food items and deliver to local food banks.

Legal Moving Info

Federal law requires that you dispose of anything flammable or combustible such as cleaning supplies, bleach, matches, acids, and aerosol cans. Also discard partly used cans of oil, paint and propane tanks.

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About NDMS

Founded in 1966, North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) is a family-owned and operated business serving residential and commercial customers throughout Texas. NDMS was appointed as an agent for United Van Lines in 1975 and offers local and interstate moving and storage for clients throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


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