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Tips for Unpacking Your New Kitchen

If your move has somehow gone off without a hitch, then now all you have to do is tackle the second part of the moving extravaganza – the unpacking phase. For some people, the act of unpacking can be as difficult and time-consuming as packing itself. And the kitchen, more than any other room in the house, can be extremely tricky to tackle in this regard.

Bobby Hughes is the marketing coordinator at Hughes Relocation Services, Inc., a full-service moving and storage business that has been serving the Philadelphia area since 1973. Here, he offers the following tips on how to unpack a new kitchen:

Starting By Storing the Larger Appliances
When you arrange your kitchen, your best bet is to try setting everything up in a manner that truly maximizes space and prevents you from having to repeat the process in a matter of weeks. So it’s a good idea to start by storing the items that take up the most space. If you have a large mixer, food processor, or pot and pan set, then give these items a home before tackling the smaller pieces in your kitchen collection.

Unpacking Your Essentials
Getting your kitchen in order can be rather time-consuming. The longer it takes you to accomplish the task, the more money you end up spending on dining out in the interim. To speed up the process, start by isolating the items you need to throw together some basic meals and wash them. Plates, mugs, glasses, and utensils should all be given first priority for washing and unpacking, along with your coffee maker, microwave oven, and toaster.

Making Popular Items Easily Accessible
If your new kitchen is equipped with high cabinets, then you’ll want to use that added storage to your advantage. At the same time, don’t make the mistake of placing your daily use items in areas that are difficult to reach. Plates, glasses, and microwave-safe containers should all be stored in a manner that makes them easily accessible.

Saving Rarely-Used Pieces Last

You should consider unpacking your high-end, rarely-used pieces last, such as your expensive, pretty china. Unless you’re planning to whip up some instant macaroni and cheese and throw it onto your finest collection of dishes, wait until you’ve unpacked your day-to-day dishware before tackling the stuff that’s generally reserved for special occasions.

Purchasing a Set of Plastic
Unpacking a kitchen too quickly could cause you to break things or implement a poor storage system. To make your life easier as you unpack, purchase a set of plastic plates, cups, and cutlery. It may not be the most environmentally friendly move, but it’ll work wonders for your sanity as you attempt to get your new kitchen into working order.

Remember, unpacking a kitchen is not a process that happens overnight. So as you unpack those boxes, make sure to give yourself a break here and there. After all, it’s natural to want to get your new kitchen up and running quickly, but with proper planning and timing, you’ll increase your chances of getting the job done right.

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