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Removals - Kitchen Essentials

Packing and removing the kitchen is a multi-step process, composed of multiple little tasks along the way. These may sometimes seem like rather trivial things, but the key to a successful relocation is in paying attention to the details. One such important detail comes in the form of packing and transporting plates, cups, glasses, pots, pans, cutlery and the lot. These are essentially pretty straight forward to transport, but you need to make sure that you've got it right, so that nothing gets broken, damaged or lost along the way. By packing your items carefully and marking everything as clearly as possible, you can ensure that everything arrives at your destination without so much as a scratch. Here are some simple steps to achieve this.

1.    First of all, you will need to find a few boxes of various sizes. The ideal box for this would be a medium size, as it would be big enough to hold a few things, yet still small enough to be light and easy to transport. Look for boxes of this size around the house, or if you have not kept any old packing material to reuse, try asking around at all of your local shops. Some are bound to be able to help you. It is always better to reuse a box, if you have the chance, instead of buying a new one.

2.    Next, you will need to take out your entire set of cutlery, pots, pans, plates, bowls and the lot. Make sure you leave nothing in the cupboards. This will help you get a good idea of the volume of this packing job. After washing and drying every single piece, begin arranging them in the boxes. While doing this, try to utilize the space as efficiently as possible. This will prevent any shifting during transport and will save you quite a bit of trouble.

3.    Remember, bubble wrap is your friend. So are bunched up newspapers, Styrofoam pellets and anything else you could use to cushion your utensils. Use as much padding as you can fit in the box. Always avoid leaving hollow spaces, instead, try to fill the cups for example with bunched up paper, put bubble wrap in between plates or at least tie the entire pile of plates together, etc. Just leave as little free space in the boxes as possible.

4.    Make sure to secure the contents of the boxes to ensure minimal movement. This means, for example, tying the cutlery together with a rubber band, so that they don't shift and potentially scratch anything. You may also want to tie your plates together in some manner, to secure them and ensure that they don't shift and bump around, thus minimizing any chance of cracking, scratching and breaking. This is an optional step, but it is recommended that you do not skip it.

5.    Lastly, remember to seal the boxes  as securely as possible - usually packing tape will do for this and mark them with the room they are supposed to go in - the kitchen - as well as a "fragile" sign to alert the movers that the contents of the boxes are breakable and thus, need to be handled gently.

6.    Lastly, do not forget to wipe each piece as you unpack it, or even give everything a thorough wash, if you deem necessary.