“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
Part of maturing and moving forward is having to pack up your home and move to a new location. Much has been written, and much more will continue to be written, about the pressure that goes hand-in-hand with packing up your household possessions. Suffice to say. Moving is stressful. There is no ignoring this fact. However, it is sometimes necessary. Therefore, instead of labouring over how stressful moving is, let’s instead consider several stress-free moving tips.
Tips to help you pack up your kitchen
There is no doubt that packing up your kitchen can be one of the most daunting jobs of the whole move. A kitchen usually contains the biggest and most appliances. Therefore, it can take the longest time to pack up. Here are several tips to make your life easier:
Sort through all the items in the kitchen
Human beings tend to hoard stuff. It is in our nature to keep things that we haven’t used for a long time just in case we might need them in the future.
The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used something in one year, it is highly unlikely that you will ever use it again. Therefore, before you start packing items into boxes, sort through everything, decide what you still use, throw out the broken appliances, and donate the rest to charity.
Clean thoroughly before packing
There is nothing worse than opening boxes full of dirt-encrusted appliances at your destination. Therefore, before you pack up your kitchen equipment, give everything a good scrub making sure that they are squeaky-clean. This might seem to be a big job now, but you will be grateful when you unpack at your destination.
Wrap appliances in the correct packing materials
If you still have the original packaging that each appliance came in, it will be a simple matter to repack the appliance back in its appropriate box. However, if you no longer have the original packaging, it is vital to ensure that the appliance is correctly wrapped in materials like bubble wrap to ensure that it can’t move inside is packing box.
New appliances are also broken down into separate pieces when they are first purchased. Therefore, before you pack an appliance that is made up of several sections, take the appliance apart and wrap up each section before packing it in a box.
Defrost your fridge-freezer
Unless you want water leaking out of your fridge-freezer during the move, it is vital that you take the time to switch off your fridge-freezer in time to allow it to defrost. This will also let you clean and dry it properly; thereby, ensuring that the inside isn’t wet during the move. This simple action will prevent a mouldy foul-smelling fridge (especially during a long transit between venues).
Prepare your washing machine, tumble dryer, and dishwasher for transport
Before you move your washing machine and dishwasher, you need to disconnect each appliance from their relevant water connections, stabilise the moving parts inside each machine, and unplug them from the electrical connection. Your tumble dryer just needs the drum stabilizers reinserted, and it needs to be unplugged.
As the quotation mentioned above by Albert Einstein states, to remain on life’s bicycle, we need to keep on moving. Therefore, consult this easy tips for moving house planning guide when you next need to move.