Kitchens can be the most challenging room to pack. Not only do you have quite a lot of items to pack, but also many of the items are irregularly shaped and fragile. Plus, all the odds and ends can be a bit overwhelming. Start with a plan to simplify the process. Here’s how to pack a kitchen without losing your mind.

Step One: Get Organized

The first step is to organize. Clean out and get rid of items that you no longer need before packing begins. A good rule-of-thumb is that if you haven’t used it in more than a year, or it’s never been out of the box, chances are you’re not going to.

Step Two: Gather Materials

You’ll need more packing supplies than you think to pack a kitchen. For a family-sized kitchen, we recommend that you start with around five small boxes, ten medium boxes, three extra-large boxes, and about three rolls of packing paper.

To pack a kitchen, you’ll need:

  • Heavy-duty boxes in a variety of sizes
  • Packing Tape
  • Labeling Markers
  • Dividers for stemware
  • Plastic Wrap

You can always go back for more, but this is a good place to begin.

Step Three: Pack Essentials Separately

Set aside some of the essential kitchen items you’ll need right before and right after you move such as:

  • A cup, plate, bowl, and set of flatware for each family member
  • Dishtowel
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge

Any appliances (like the coffee maker) that you will need handy

Pack the essentials in a separate box on move day, so you have access to them at your new location.

Step Four: Begin!

Start somewhere, anywhere! Here are some suggestions to motivate you.

Pots and Pans

Use a large or medium box. Stack pots and pans with the smaller ones nestled in larger ones. Add a piece of paper between each one. Wrap glass lids in packing paper and place around the pots and pans or in a separate box. Lastly, add paper or dishtowels into open spaces for added support and protection.

Glasses and Stemware

The best option is to use dividers when packing glasses and stemware. Even though the dividers protect well, you’ll still need to wrap each one in packing paper. Don’t stack anything on top of the glassware even if there is room.

Plates and Bowls

Stack plates and bowls for easy packing. Makes rue to wrap any breakable items before tacking., or place a piece of packing paper between each one. Keep stacks together by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap. Use the space between your plates and bowls to pack odds and ends.

Flatware and Utensils

No need to even remove flatware and utensils from their trays. Wrap the tray in plastic wrap and place it flat inside a box.


Roll each knife in a full sheet of packing paper. Wrap a dishtowel around them and secure with a rubber band. Pack knives on their side, never facing up.


Packing appliances in their original boxes are ideal. But, if you don’t have them, that’s ok too. Pack small appliances small boxes. Use packing paper to fill in any gaps to prevent shifting. For larger appliances, tape the doors shut.

Everything Else

Pack your other kitchen items the same way you would pack any other room being careful not to make the boxes too heavy.

Don’t forget to label your boxes clearly so you can access them more easily at your new home.

It Takes Time to Pack a Kitchen

It takes time to pack a kitchen. If you’re moving on your own, give yourself a couple of days to get it done. Or, sit back and relax and let a professional mover do all the work.

What other tips do you have to pack a kitchen?

Do you live in the Northwest Arkansas area and need help with your move? Whether you’re moving across town, or across the state, RL Maxon Moving will make your move as stress-free as possible. Call us at (479) 756-0850 for a FREE estimate.