All-in-One Guide to Packing Your Kitchen Appliances
Moving to another house is typically an exciting time for every new owner, but it can also be a frustrating period filled with tedious chores and never-ending problems with logistics. If you’re looking to make this transition as smooth as possible, you ought to be diligent in your planning, and more importantly – you have to think about the best way to pack for a move without wasting too much time and money.
One of the toughest challenges when it comes to moving is to pack your stuff so that it can be transported safely. Another great benefit of being diligent with packing is that you don’t have to worry about unpacking once your stuff gets delivered to the new location. What most people don’t realize is that unpacking is almost as important and time-consuming as packing.
While it may seem pretty simple and straightforward, packing kitchen small appliances is challenging because they could be easily damaged in transport. This guide should give you a better idea of how to pack your appliances and protect them from being damaged in transport.
What are Small Appliances?
While small appliances aren’t necessarily all that difficult to pack, they do require some special care. In this context, special care means having the right supplies and a general idea of how to use those supplies in order to ensure safe and smooth transport.
Some of the small appliances we consider essential are as follows:
- Pressure cookers
- Rice cookers
- Bread makers
- Espresso machines and coffee makers
- Stand mixers
In essence, if the appliance is used to prepare or cook food, and it uses electricity (or even batteries!), it can be considered a small kitchen appliance. Now that we’ve defined what constitutes small appliances, it’s time to focus on the rules and methods you should use to transport them safely to your new place.
Necessary Packing Supplies for Safe Transport
Even though you don’t need anything too special, it’s essential to ensure that you have the right supplies before you start packing your stuff. This typically includes:
- Packing Paper
Packing paper is relatively cheap, so there is no reason not to buy a bunch of it and eliminate any chances of running short. Packing paper always comes in handy, no matter whether you’re packing appliances, fragile items, silverware, and even clothes.
As you can probably assume, the best way to pack small appliances is to pack them in boxes that are of similar size as the appliance itself. This way, you won’t have to use a ton of packing paper to cushion the device, and you’ll save a bit of time and money. However, in case you can’t get your hands on boxes of custom size, it’s perfectly okay to use standard moving boxes and use packing paper or towels to fill in the gaps.
- Packing Tape and Twist Ties
The importance of both of these packing supplies is pretty self-explanatory. Both are used to keep wrapping in place and seal your boxes. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need both; if you don’t have any twist ties, feel free to use packing tape for securing cords and wrapping.
- Permanent Marker and Color-Coding
You’ve probably already thought about using a permanent marker to label your boxes, but why not go a step further and use specific colors for different boxes. This way, you can help yourself when it comes to unpacking since you’ll already know which colors represent particular groups of items. For example, use a yellow marker for kitchen appliances, green for plates and silverware, etc.
Important Steps to Safely Packing Small Kitchen Appliances
These few steps are generally a good rule of thumb regardless of the size of the appliance or even the type. If you’re planning on moving kitchen, here are some guidelines you should keep in mind:
- Clean and Wipe Down the Item
It doesn’t matter whether you use a particular appliance on a daily basis or once every now and then; it’s always a good idea to clean it and wipe it down before packing. This allows you to avoid transporting any grease, crumbs, and other nasty debris you wouldn’t want to deal with in your new home. On the other hand, if you’re in a hurry and have no time to devote to cleaning, use a damp cloth and at least wipe the surface of the appliance. Make sure they are dry before you pack them!
- Pack Removable Parts Separately
This is one of the most common mistakes people make when packing their kitchen appliances. For example, instead of stuffing your microwave with packing paper in order to prevent the tray from breaking during transport, simply remove the tray and pack it separately. This applies to other things like blades in your mixer, trays in the bread maker, etc. Pack everything into a single box and, as we advised, use a marker of a specific color to label it.
- Packing in a Box
As we briefly mentioned, it’s always a great idea to pack appliances into similar-sized boxes as the appliance itself. However, if you can’t find custom-sized boxes, make sure to pack only one appliance per box rather than filling it with as many as you can. It’s typically a better idea to use (waste) a bit of packing paper as opposed to putting multiple appliances into the same box. No matter how smooth the road is or how short the drive is to your new home, we strongly recommend using the one-appliance-per-one-box rule.
- Wrapping Up Items for Packing
Make sure to wrap up any loose parts of your kitchen appliances. For example, you should always wrap up your toaster oven door so that it doesn’t accidentally open during transport. Use packing tape to secure any loose cords, and don’t hesitate to use two or three layers of packing paper per each appliance. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Cushion the Boxes
Finally, before you start packing your appliances, make sure to cushion the boxes by putting some packing paper or towels first. Even if you’ve sufficiently protected your appliance, it’s still a good idea to provide some extra protection by filling the gaps and layering some paper.
Some people simply don’t have enough time to devote to packing their stuff, and the best course of action for them is to hire a team of professionals and let them handle it. If you’re looking for reliable Phoenix packaging services, take a moment to check out some of the services we offer! Our team will be more than happy to help you pack your stuff so that it can be transported safely.
What do you think about our guide? Do you have any insightful ideas you’d want to add? Let us know by leaving a comment! If you’re interested in reading more about packing methods and best moving practices in general, don’t hesitate to read some of our other articles!