Packing Your Kitchen for a Move: The Ultimate Guide

Moving isn’t a simple process and with nearly 4 million Canadians moving per year, that’s a lot of stress.

Out of every room in the home, packing your kitchen for a move is the most difficult. Follow our guide on packing up your kitchen to ease some of that moving stress.


First, you need to gather all of the necessary materials you’ll need to pack and organize your kitchen. Here’s what you need:

  • Boxes

  • Markers

  • Packing tape

  • Packing paper

  • Bubble wrap

  • Cell kits for glass and stemware

  • Labels

In need of packing materials? Francis Movers delivers your materials ahead of time.


Organizing makes packing easier.

Go through every cupboard in your kitchen and set aside anything you plan to sell, donate to local charities, or give away. Plan a garage sale or find a charity to donate unneeded items.


Don’t leave packing until the last minute. Pack ahead of time and leave out essential items to pack last. Pack these items in a separate box for your last few days before moving and your first day or two in your new home. 


Clear off space on your counters, have packing materials ready, and start emptying your cupboards. The kitchen is full of fragile items and objects of different shapes and sizes that need to be packed appropriately.

Here’s how to properly pack items without damage:

Small Appliances

Before packing, make sure your smaller appliances are clean and free of debris. Grab some bubble wrap and start wrapping your appliances. Use their original box or a medium-sized moving box for storage.

Once they’re in the moving box, use packing paper to fill any gaps.  


Forks, spoons, and serving utensils can be separated and stored in large plastic zipper bags or use plastic wrap around the utensil tray and lay it flat in the moving box.

Wrap knives in a few layers of packing paper and make sure they are completely covered. Secure the roll with packing tape. 

Plates and Bowls

Wrap each individual plate and bowl in packing paper and stack them in your moving box. Use bubble wrap, dishtowels, or clothing to fill in the gaps around your dishware. Make sure they are tightly packed to prevent damage during the moving process.

Pots and Pans

Grab large boxes and start stacking your pots and pans.

Wrap glass lids in packing paper and place underneath the handles to prevent them from moving. Use extra packing paper to fill large gaps around glass lids.


Place cell kits inside your moving box and wrap each glass. If you don’t have dividers, wrap individual glasses, and fill in the extra space with bunched packing paper. Don’t stack glasses on top of each other and don’t forget to mark the box as fragile.


Opened spice containers are at risk of opening and making a mess. 

Make sure lids are screwed tight and wrap each container in plastic wrap. If you have glass bottles, use packing paper. Put your wrapped spice containers in zipped plastic bags to keep them contained and into a moving box. 


Packing your kitchen for a move is by far the most difficult and time-consuming room but following this guide should ease your stress. 

Are you in need of a moving company? Located in North York, Francis Movers Co delivers anywhere in North America. Contact Francis Movers for a free quote.  

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