Out of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen may be one of the most difficult places to pack. There’s an array of cutlery you have to sort, all the pots and pans you may still need up to the night before moving, not to mention the dishes you have to individually wrap to prevent damages on the road. Moving everything in this area of your home doesn’t have to be stressful however, if you have a moving plan and it’s organized from the very beginning. Here are some tips to hassle-free move for your kitchen.

Give yourself a week to thoroughly pack your entire kitchen as there are steps to be taken within this given timeline. You should start with categorizing your perishables from your non-perishables. Store all your canned foods and boxed packages in a separate container and have all your perishables in the other. Prepare an “essentials” box for the dishes you’ll need to use for the first couple of days after you move in. This box may include dishes, cutlery, food items, appliances such as your toaster and coffee machine, dishtowels and soap. Having said that, pack the items not frequently used first. These may include vases, small appliances such as blenders and mixers, and cookbooks. Wine and alcohol can also be packed early on in the process after you’ve selected the bottles you want to drink before the move.

Make sure you have the appropriate packing materials, such as boxes, newswrap and sealing tape. For glassware, make sure to wrap each piece of glass separately with bubble wrap or packing paper. Finish the packaging with two layers of newspaper for extra protection. Do this with all of your bowls as well. Store all of your small appliance, dish racks and kitchenware into large-sized boxes. Place heavier items such as silverware, pots and pans into medium-sized boxes. Save the heavy-duty boxes for fragile items (refer to our article about packing glassware for more information). You may want to purchase cell kits for packing glasses, wine glasses and liquor bottles. Lastly, don’t forget to use marker labels so you know which box stores what items once you’ve sealed the box.

When you are going through your drawers, you may realize that there are things you need to throw away. A great rule of thumb when sorting and packing your drawers is if you haven’t used the item in the last six months, then don’t bother moving it. Have one set of cutlery and utensils for each member of the household. Keep one all-purpose pan for making meals after everything else has been packed up. This is the same for the non-perishable containers and food that you have; ask yourself whether it’s worth packing up every single can or if they can be donated to the closest food shelter to save you extra work in your move.

As for the large appliances in your kitchen, make sure to turn them off properly to avoid gas leaks and broken parts. Call a professional about turning off the fridge or unplugging the oven properly if you aren’t sure or if there is no manual present. Please refer to our article about packing up refrigerators for more information.