Tips for Packing Small Appliances for a Household Move
When it's time to pack up the house for a move, one room, in particular, might be intimidating — the kitchen. And it's easy to see why. There are countless items in the kitchen, many of which are oddly shaped, easily breakable, and expensive to replace.
Small kitchen appliances often require extra care and some special packing materials, from the toaster oven to the air fryer, the coffee maker to the blender. Read on to learn how to pack small appliances like a pro.
Supplies For Packaging Small Appliances
The best way to pack a small kitchen appliance is to use the box it came in when you bought it. If you saved your appliance's original packaging, get it out and pack it up.
But if you're like most people and don't have room to store all those boxes and Styrofoam bits, don't worry. Here's a list of packing supplies that will help protect your small appliances:
Strong cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes
Packing paper or newspaper
Bubble or foam wrap
Packing tape and a marking pen
Clean and Take Apart
First, you should clean your appliances before packing them. Wipe devices with a cloth or sponge, warm water, and dish soap to act as a degreaser. You can also make your own cleaning solution from vinegar and warm water.
Once you've gotten rid of any dust, debris, crumbs, or grease, let the appliance dry completely.
Next, disassemble any loose or removable parts. Keep these parts with the appliance.
Wrap and Secure
Gently wind or bundle electrical cords, careful not to crimp them. Secure the cord with a twist tie.
Cover electrical plug prongs with bubble or foam wrap. Tape the bundled cord to the side of the appliance. If the device has doors or moving parts that aren't removable, tape them in place with painter's tape.
Now wrap the appliance in several layers of packing or newspaper. Finish with a layer of bubble or foam wrap. Wrap up any accessories or parts, too. Keep all pieces together in the same box.
Box, Tape, and Label
Select a cardboard box that closely matches the size of the appliance. Usually, small- to medium-sized boxes are better than large boxes.
Put crumpled packing paper or newspaper on the bottom of the box. Carefully set the appliance on top of the cushioning material. Fill in the empty spaces with more crumpled paper.
You can also fill empty spaces with dish towels, sponges, or cleaning rags. This provides an extra padding layer to help protect your appliance from shifting in transit.
Finally, close the box and secure it tightly with tape. Then, use the marking pen to label the box with the appliance's name and the room it will go in once it arrives in your new home.
Packing a kitchen for a residential move can feel like a lot of work. Fortunately, packing small appliances can be manageable. Follow these steps to secure your small appliances and keep them safe.
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