Packing the Kitchen & Dining Room

Packing the Kitchen & Dining Room

Arguably the most-used room in the house, the kitchen/dining room can be difficult to pack up.

Because you use your dishes and cups every day, it’s just as important not to break anything as it is to eat off of paper plates for a few days while everything is in boxes.

Cento Family Moving & Storage values your flatware and fine china as much as you do, so we’ve put together this list of helpful hints about packing the kitchen and dining room.


Whether it’s your wedding china or the everyday plates from Target, make sure to wrap each piece carefully with a few layers of paper (ink-free newsprint is perfect for this) or bubble wrap and tape to secure. Cushion the bottom of a small to medium box (any bigger, and the box may not be able to hold your dishes) with crumpled newspaper and load your wrapped plates and shallow bowls vertically, which maximizes their structural strength.

Fill all voids with more crushed paper to prevent items from shifting, then top it off with another layer of crushed paper. If you have room for an additional layer of (lightweight) dishes, consider adding a piece of cardboard to keep your layers level.



Shallow bowls can be wrapped up and stored vertically with your plates, but bigger bowls should be nested together (with layers of paper in between each bowl if they’re breakable) and stored upside down.

Bowls with lids, like sugar bowls and soup tureens, should be packed with the lid wrapped separately and then nested upside down on the mouth of the bowl.



Cups should be individually wrapped in clean paper (with extra paper padding the handles) and placed upside down in a box or carton.

A dish packing box with cardboard dividers can lend extra structural support to delicate glassware, but if you’re not using one, make sure you pack all cups and mugs with handles facing the same direction. Fill in the voids with crumpled paper and add cushioning layers on the top and bottom.


Silverware and Flatware

Wrap each utensil individually or in sets (forks, spoons, etc.), then bundle together using paper, a small box, bubble wrap, or plastic wrap that’s taped securely.

Silver should be completely wrapped in newsprint or plastic wrap to prevent tarnishing.

Loose cutlery makes a great top layer to another box (as long as there is sufficient padding between layers). If your silverware is stored in a chest, you can simply wrap the chest in a blanket or towel, but you may also want to cushion the inside of the box with crumpled paper to prevent shifting.

Sharp knives should be padded well enough that they don’t cut any unsuspecting unpackers. Use plenty of paper and pack in a sealed plastic container to keep fingers, dishes, and cardboard boxes safe.


Pots & Pans

Wrap heavy pots and pans with plenty of paper (wrap lids separately) and use them as a bottom layer in a carton. Pack lids vertically (like you did with your plates) to protect them from bending or breaking. Deep pots can also be useful for holding smaller kitchen items that won’t break easily.



Putting shelf-stable items on the moving truck isn’t a problem, but consult our list of things moving companies won’t move before you pack anything else in your kitchen. Perishable items and certain cleaning products cannot legally be handled by your moving company, so you will have to use them, dispose of them, or move them yourself.

For other groceries, pack in small boxes and carefully pad any glass containers to prevent breakage. This is also a good time to consider buying airtight containers to keep bulk foods in. (Using a more durable container prevents critter infestations and just looks nicer in your pantry.)


General Packing Tips

Start packing seasonal and lesser-used items first, working up to your everyday plates and cups. You may even consider assigning each family member their own to-go cup for the last few days; you won’t have to pack them, and you will have easy access to a cold glass of water during the car ride to the new place. Likewise, consider keeping a set of disposable plates and flatware for those last few nights at your old place.

Finally, all boxes should be taped securely and labeled “FRAGILE–THIS SIDE UP.” Plastic bins may be more effective at preventing the dreaded “fall through”; sometimes cardboard just isn’t strong enough. If you’re moving any valuable china or crystal, talk to your moving company about additional coverage for anything over $100/pound. The basic coverage required by law will only reimburse you for damage at 60 cents per pound.


Following these tips will ensure that packing the kitchen goes smoothly. If you have questions about your move or would like to get an Orlando movers quote, call Cento Family Moving & Storage.

  • A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all glassware.

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