Are you planning on moving to a new house? Or simply just decluttering the kitchen? Tidying up and packing your kitchen items can be easy and intuitive, but it can also be troublesome. What if your glasses and appliances broke in the middle of transport?

Well, you’re bound to get into a few obstacles for whatever reason. Here are a few tips and trick you’ll need to make for a safer and more secure move.

Tossing Out Any Unwanted Items

Right before you start packing, you should dispose of any unwanted items. You’ll want to clear them out as soon as possible, whether it be expired food or broken appliances. 

Getting rid of all distracting items will improve your packing experience. That’s because you’ll have a better packing system once you start the process. Getting rid of items in the middle of packing can get distracting and make you lose your train of thought.

Using Bubble Wrap Copiously

Only two main things come to mind when you think about packaging: boxes and bubble wrap. The best way to secure your fragile items is by wrapping them up in a good layer of bubble wrap. Make sure to put an extra layer if you feel a certain item is more likely to shatter.

On that note: once you’ve put them all in their designated boxes, make sure that they’re tightly secured there. If there’s too much breathing room between items, they could collide against each other and break.

Paper Can Be Very Good Padding

Besides the whole bubble wrap obsession, when it comes to padding—paper or even cardboard can still be effective. Stacking items such as plates or other flat glassware will require padding in between each layer. Paper is a great buffer since it prevents the glassware from rubbing against each other in the middle of transport.

Thin cardboard can work too. What makes these items amazing is that you’re bound to have a few random pieces lying here and there. Remember that recycling is your best friend when it comes to being efficient.

Other Padding Options

Basically, the more padding, the better when it comes to giving yourself peace of mind. You can buy paper protectors to make for better padding if you’re not the type to hoard paper and cardboard. But an easier and cheaper way would be to use your clothing to act as a protective layer.

Especially if you’re moving out and not just storing or selling your items, utilizing older clothes can be more efficient. You just need to make sure to wrap as tightly and neatly to make as much room as possible. Now all you’ll need to worry about is the thought of having extra laundry to do once you’re settled in.

Making Things Easy For Your Future Self

Besides packing the heavier things at the bottom, you should classify items and designate them in a box each. An example would be keeping all your plates and other glassware in the same box. It’s also a good idea to keep all pots, pans, and kitchen utensils in the same box.

You might also want to segregate things between most used and least used. This will help you pace yourself once you’re finally unpacking and only need to take out what you need. Could you imagine having to go through all of your boxes just to find the pot you use for pasta?

Just make sure to label each box, and you’ll be fine and dandy when you’re finally unpacking everything. 

Pack at least a week before the move to make sure that everything sails smoothly. Trust us; you’ll be thankful to your past self for making all these preparations. Save yourself the hassle!