Step by Step Guide to Packing Pots & Pans

  • 01 of 08

    Prepare the Box

    Layering Paper on Bottom
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Prepare a medium-sized box by placing slightly scrunched-up plain newsprint or brown paper in the bottom. 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, although they can't be recycled.

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    Remove Any Extra Parts

    Clean and dry the pots before packing.
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Place all pots on a clean working surface. Make sure the pots don't have any extra parts; lids should be removed.

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  • 03 of 08

    Stack the Pots in Groups of 3

    Nest the pots
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Stack them in groups of three, with the smaller pots fitting inside larger ones.

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  • 04 of 08

    Use Packing Paper Large Enough to Cover the Largest Pot

    Wrap First Pot
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Take a roll of brown paper or very large precut pieces of packing paper (plain newsprint/plain brown paper), making sure that the paper is large enough to adequately wrap the largest of the three pots.

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  • 05 of 08

    Nest the Pots

    Nest the Pots
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Place the next sized pot inside the large pot, nesting them. Then place the smallest pot inside the second pot, adding paper in between the layers.

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  • 06 of 08

    Wrap the Entire Stack

    Wrap the nested pots then tape the ends.
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Once the three pots are nested, place the stack upside down on the stack of paper. Use two to five sheets as needed.

    Fold each corner over the stack then carefully tape the paper in place, making sure that the stack is kept tight. Tape the ends of the paper.

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  • 07 of 08

    Place the Nested Stack Into the Prepared Box

    Put Stack in Box
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    Place the stack on the bottom of your prepared box. Pots and pans can be used as the bottom layer in a box, placing more fragile items on top.

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  • 08 of 08

    Tape the Box and Mark It

    Label the Box
    The Spruce / Diane Schmidt

    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.