Easy, Fast Guide to Packing Pots and Pans When Moving House

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While most professional movers will tell you to always pack your stuff into moving boxes, pots and pans are the perfect thing to pack into heavy duty garbage bags, especially if you're moving locally and not any long distance. Pots and pans are awkward to pack into moving boxes and you'll find it a lot easier to use garbage bags to both pack and unpack.

If you use garbage bags, there's very little you need to know except to ensure any sharp corners are taped and protected so they don't poke through the plastic.

  If you do use garbage bags, make sure there's a way to add a tag or label the bag.  Clear bags work well as you can see what's inside and where it belongs.

But if you're moving a long distance, then you should use boxes to pack your pots and pans.  And if that's the case, then follow these steps.

Collect the Packing Supplies

To pack pots and pans you'll need some medium to large-sized moving boxes. Large boxes can be used if the pans are light and can all be packed without weighing too much. Unlike glassware and fragile items, you don't need to use packing paper to protect your stuff except for any glass lids, but you will need packing tape and a marker to seal the box and label it so it ends up in the right room.

1. Prepare a medium-sized box

To keep stuff from moving around too much, place slightly scrunched-up plain newsprint or brown paper in the bottom of the moving box. Don't scrunch the paper into tight balls, but instead let it balloon on the bottom.

This will help with shifting during the move. Styrofoam packing peanuts can also be used, but difficult to dispose of after the move.

2. Secure loose items

Make sure you all pots and pans are clean and ready to pack. Remove anything that's loose, and either pack separately, or place it inside the pot and secure it with tape.

3. Stack your pots and pans

Stack your pots and pans in groups of threes with smaller pots placed inside larger ones.  Lids can be wrapped and packed separately.

4. If you have glass lids or fragile items

If you have glass lids or any items that are breakable, do use packing paper or dish towels or cloths to wrap each piece. Make sure it's large enough to protect the item. 

5. Nest the items

Place the largest item on the counter or other surface that you're using to pack then place the smaller item inside, nesting them. 

6. Place them in the box

Fill the box with the nested pots and pans and stuff any additional items into empty places. You can stuff sponges, cleaning cloths, towels or other squishable items into holes.  This will ensure that nothing moves around or shifts during the move.

 

7. Add pantry items on top

If you have room on top of the pots, fill it with stuff from the pantry.  This is the perfect place to put bags of flour, dried beans or anything else that won't break. 

8. Tape and label the box

Tape your box well and mark it with "Kitchen" and what's contained inside. If you're adding fragile items, make sure you write that in large letters on the top and which end is up. If you've organized your kitchen packing well, you can also add a number to the box, indicating the order in which it should be unpacked.

Supplies You'll Need to Pack Pots and Pans

  • Medium-Sized or large-sized boxes
  • Plain Newsprint or Brown Paper or towels or clothes or other squishable items
  • Extra stuff to pack such as pantry items or other kitchen items
  • Packing tape
  • Marker
  • Pots and Pans
  • Other stuff you need to pack