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How to pack: The kitchen

Consider these tips to keep your kitchen items from breaking during a move.

Consider these tips to keep your kitchen items from breaking during a move.

You may be a whiz in the kitchen, but if improper packing leads to all of your crock pots and cutlery breaking en route to a new home, the only whiz in your kitchen will be Cheez Whiz.

More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is home to lots of tiny, delicate things that are tricky to pack but easy to break. Make sure you've got a grip on the best way to keep things safe when getting ready for your move.

First, you'll need an abundance of packing supplies, so gather up the bubble wrap, newspaper and packing foam.

If you haven't made a list of all the items in your kitchen already, go ahead and do it now. Don't feel like you have to itemize every fork and knife, but give yourself a sense of what you've got and what's going into each box. This can help you stay organized later, when the moving company arrives.

Use lots of padding when putting bowls, plates and glassware into their boxes. Line the bottoms and sides of the inside of each box with bubble wrap (or bunched up newspapers if that's your thing) to cushion any potential impacts to the box. There is a lot of jostling that goes on during moving, so it's best to be prepared.

As with anything else you pack, place heavier items at the bottom of each box and lighter stuff on top. Items like glassware and stemware are particularly vulnerable to being crushed, so even weight distribution is key. A low center of gravity will also help boxes from shifting and toppling over in the moving truck or portable storage container.

While you're thinking about those heavier items, be sure to spread them around between multiple boxes. Some kitchen equipment can weigh a ton, and while you may not be the one lifting it, give the moving company a break and don't overload your boxes.

In addition to the list you made earlier, it's always a good idea to label boxes, either with a brief description of their contents or where they'll be going in the new home. You might also consider color-coding the boxes by room to give movers a visual indication of where they'll go.