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The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, as the saying goes, so you’ll want to make sure that when moving, you can get your kitchen up and running with minimum fuss.

A good general tip to begin with that applies to any packing in general when moving, is to have a sort out of any unwanted or unused items. These can then be taken out of the packing equation, so you are left only with the things you plan on taking with you. The next step is to think about what you will need first when unpacking – these things should also be the last to be packed. Having a kettle on hand when you first arrive at your new home for a much needed cup of tea for example, can be done easily by packing last, and unpacking first.

You might also want to label a particular box for any kitchen items that you plan on unpacking right away, and keep all relevant items in this box so you have access to basic things for cooking and eating, drinks and things for cleaning.

So, what should you use for packing? It can be useful to have a varied selection of boxes, from large to small, to cover all shapes and sizes. If you happened to keep hold of any boxes that your items were purchased in, even better, as these are designed to fit those items perfectly. Having some old newspaper or scrap paper on hand can be used to bundle into boxes with valuables. This is especially useful for anything prone to breakage – wine glasses and delicate plates for example. For any glasses, it can be worth finding specially designed glass storage boxes for the safest packing option. To be extra safe, bubble-wrap is great at providing a shock absorption for delicate and fragile goods. Be careful not to over pack any fragile items though – it might be worth the money saved from breakages to make sure all are securely packed in a few extra boxes, rather than cramming them all into one.

The first things you should pack are items that aren’t in everyday use. This might be things like speciality kitchen utensils, baking equipment, but also any kitchen decorations that you have, whether flower vases or wall hangings/pictures. Wine glasses and tumblers could be put away at this stage too (unless you’re planning on having a leaving party!), and any cookbooks you have.

For cutlery and pans, make sure to keep one set of cutlery each and keep it in the ‘kitchen essentials’ box for when you have completed the move. The same should be applied to at least one general purpose pan, so you have something to cook in. the rest should be packed and labelled clearly in their boxes.

Finally, if you’re taking large kitchen appliances with you, make sure they are prepared for the moving process. Fridge-freezers will need to be properly defrosted and cleaned, for example. Also, try not to take any food with you if you can avoid it. This will only add to the amount you have to pack and you will need to stock up when arriving at your new home anyway. That said, it can be worth adding a few things to the ‘kitchen essentials’ box for when you arrive. Canned goods and quick microwavable food will be preferable here, you won’t feel like cooking up a three course meal on your arrival!