A lot of my customers balk at the idea of packing the kitchen cupboards. They worry that they are going to break their crockery and glassware. The other consideration is around time. You will actually be using your kitchen right up until the morning of your move. So the idea of packing away things that you will need regularly seems unmanageable.

One strategy that you can employ is to pack up the extras. For example, a typical four-person home might have a twelve person dinner service. Of course, the extras are needed to cover times when lunch-time dishes haven’t necessarily been washed before dinner time. Or to accommodate dinner party guests on special occasions. However, you could start packing up your kitchen a week or two ahead of your move. Keep aside the absolute minimum number of items you will need to get by. Then just avoid hosting dinner parties and wash the dishes as you use them.

Let’s get Packing

Prepare a medium-sized box, by closing the bottom flaps and applying two layers of tape along the central seam. Support the join by applying two more layers of tape crosswise a third of the way from each edge. Scrunch up 10 to 15 individual sheets of packing paper and place them at the bottom of the box. Remember that these paper balls act as a dampener for the effects of the various forces that will be acting on your crockery and glassware while they are in the box. So if you’re unsure, rather put more paper balls than less.

Take each piece of crockery or glassware and wrap it in an individual sheet of packing paper. Stack the plates and bowls side on in the box, one behind another. Place mugs and glasses upside down in a single layer. Keep similar items together in a single box and dis-similar items separate. For example, don’t be tempted to mix plates and mugs. Or champagne flutes with teacups. When the items inside the box have similar shapes then they are less likely to act against each other and cause damage.

Once you’ve placed a single layer of plates or cups or glasses, scrunch up another 10 to 15 sheets of packing paper into balls. Place these around the items, creating a barrier between the fragiles and the inside of the box. Also make sure that you have covered over the top of the items. Assess how much space you have left in the box. If you feel that you could fit another layer comfortably, then do so. However, if you think it might be a bit of a squeeze then don’t. You may find that you have some space, but not enough to put another layer of plates or cups.

In this case, you could look for small, light and robust items in your kitchen that could be placed on top. For example, a few pieces of cutlery or a few utensils that can be placed flat along the top. These won’t take up too much space, but will also not have a detrimental effect on the other contents of the box.

Before you close up the box, make sure that you fill up any remaining gaps with scrunched up packing paper. You want the whole space to be filled up. Any gaps in the box can leave the cardboard exterior unsupported and lead to boxes not able to remain stacked. Seal the box with two layers of tape along the central seam. Then apply two layers crosswise a third of the way from the edge of either side. Label your boxes clearly. Note that they come from the kitchen and what the specific contents are.

Amber Moves provides removal services in north west London. So if you live in the local area and need any help with packing or materials, we would be over the moon to help you.