Pain-Free Packing and Unpacking: A Guide on How to Pack a Kitchen for Moving

From 2015 to 2016, over 263,000 Irish residents moved. Out of this statistic, 24.6% relocated to Dublin. This means if you’re moving this year, there’s a pretty decent chance that you’re either moving to or from Dublin.

Any move can be stressful, especially if you’re packing loads of fragile things from your kitchen to take with you. But with a few tips and tricks, you can make transporting these items less of a headache.

Read on for an easy guide on how to pack a kitchen for moving.


Plates are one of the easiest things to pack for a move. First, line the bottom of a box with a few layers of bubble wrap.

Then, take each plate and wrap it a few times with packing paper. Stack them into the box, one at a time.

Every 3 plates or so, make sure you add a layer of bubble wrap. At the very top, before you tape up the box, put in a few layers of bubble wrap.

All this protection should keep them from banging into each other and cracking/breaking should the transportation vehicle handle some rough roads.

Glasses and Round Objects With Hollow Middles

To transport glasses and similar round objects with hollow middles, you’ll need to get the appropriate box first. Inside, you’ll need partitions to keep the glasses from bumping into one another. Preferably, you should get partitions that have bubble wrap on them.

For the individual glasses, stuff some packing paper, newspaper, or socks/small pieces of cloth in the hollow middles. Then, wrap the entire thing in a layer of packing paper.

Fit the glasses snugly into each partition section. If they don’t fit right, then use some packing peanuts, packing paper, newspaper, or small bits of cloth to fill in the empty spaces.


It may be tempting to just dump all your silverware into one box and leave it at that. But the reality is, while that’s easier in the beginning, it’ll be a mess to sort through when you’re in your new place.

Start sorting out everything now. Put everything in piles of types, then rubberband everything together if possible. If the pile’s too big, try tying a piece of string around it instead.

You can then throw all the piles into a small box then tape it shut for safe transportation.

Pots and Pans

To pack pots and pans effectively, try the “Russian doll” method. Get your largest pot or pan, then stack all the others inside, ending with the smallest pot or pan you have.

To make sure everything fits properly, you should buy boxes that accommodate your largest pots and pans. So long as all the rest fit inside the largest ones you have, then you’ll be golden.

As for the lids, you can use a similar packing method to plates. Wrap each one in packing paper and stack them together. Stick the largest one on the bottom and end with the smallest one.

Since the lids get smaller and smaller, you may need to add some packing peanuts, cloth, or packing paper to make sure the lids are snug and don’t slide around while in transit.


The best things to use for your appliances are original boxes; since they were shipped in these, it’s almost a guarantee that your appliances will stay safe during your move if you use them.

Disassemble your appliances if possible and make sure they’re clean and dry before you pack them away. Use the packing tips from above to make sure they’re well-cushioned. In general, you’ll want to use multiple layers of bubble wrap and packing paper.

If you still have them, you should also tape the manuals to the appliances so they’re easily accessible in your new place.


Chances are, you won’t need to bring every single food item with you in the move. There’s probably a forgotten jar of pickles in the back of your refrigerator or pack of stale cookies at the back of your cupboard.

Use this opportunity to sort through all your foodstuffs. Make 3 piles: expired, unwanted, wanted. At the end, throw away the expired food and donate the unwanted pile.

As for the food you want to bring along with you, use the bags you go grocery shopping with, such as tote bags. These should be strong enough to carry your food.

If you’re bringing things from a fridge, then load these last and throw in some ice packs to keep them cool while in transit.

Odds and Ends

Do you have some random things in the kitchen that don’t really fit any of the categories above? Then don’t worry; you can still pack them up and move them efficiently.

Try and sort these things out into categories. Depending on how big they are, you can use either use the same method outlined for silverware or the one for glasses or plates.

The key thing is to keep organised and ensure there’s plenty of cushioning for whatever items you pack, especially if they’re fragile.

Know How to Pack a Kitchen for Moving

By knowing how to pack a kitchen for moving, you’ll have a smoother and easier time relocating. Spend less time worrying about your fragile pieces making it to your destination in one piece, and spend more time taking care of more important things.

In addition to packing wisely, you need to hire the right people to move your belongings. For instance, we at Vanman have over 10 years of experience safely transporting the possessions of both Dublin and UK residents. So trust in our professionals to treat your items as if they were our own.

Do you need a man with a van for your upcoming move? Then get in touch with us now. We offer free quotes!

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January 8, 2020

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