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Packing Tips: How to Store Your Kitchen Items in a Self-Storage Unit

May 8, 2016

If you’re getting deployed, going overseas for an extended period of time, or just moving into a smaller home, the kitchen is one of the first rooms you’ll pack up to move into your self-storage unit.

This room is probably one of the most difficult to pack. With the amount of breakable items in your kitchen and dining storage, you are understandably worried about their security during transport and storage.

Before you get ready to move kitchen items from your house to our facility, here are a few packing tips to keep your fragile items in tact.

Donate or Toss Out Old Food

Believe it or not, some people try to store canned goods or non-perishable items. Although this might seem like a good idea to have on hand for your return, it can cause serious damage – especially if these goods attract rodents and other pests while you’re away.

Give your food items to the IMPACT of Southern Arizona food bank instead.


Glasses are awkward items to store. They’re circular so they don’t usually stack up well in your boxes. To keep them safe from breakage, wrap each glass individually. We suggest using plastic bubble wrap or sturdy packing paper.

When wrapping, start with a corner of the bubble wrap or packing paper. Wrap diagonally, stopping continuously to tuck in any edges.

Then, stack the glasses gently on top of each other, minimizing the amount of space between each glass as best you can. You can stuff old newspaper between each wrapped glass for added padding and support.


Plates are a little bit easier to pack because they’re flat and stack well. To start, place packing paper or bubble wrap on the bottom of your box. This will absorb any impact in case your box is dropped while in transit to its new home in your self-storage unit.

Like the glasses, wrap each plate individually. Many homeowners feel comfortable putting just a paper towel between each plate. This is dangerous and can cause your plates to break, scratch, or chip. Use bubble wrap or packing paper. Put at least three layers of your around each plate so that you get the maximum support.

Once your box of plates is fully loaded, finish it off by stuffing newspaper into any voids in the box. That’ll help prevent plates from shifting and bumping each other during transit.

Odd-Shaped Items

Bowls, pots, pans, and other odd shaped items can be a chore to pack. Using a nesting technique can give you more space and protect your fragile items while in motion to their new home.

Start with your largest bowls and then nest smaller bowls inside. Use clean packing paper to protect against damages while you stack these items inside one another.

Pots and pans can also be nested to save space. Take note of how heavy these items are. Cast iron pans, for example, can be very heavy and put added weight on your boxes. Keep these items separate or in their own box for the easiest move without risk of damage.


Silverware can easily tarnish over time. To avoid that risk, pack your silverware in newsprint or plastic.

You do not need to wrap your flatware individually. You can wrap your knives, forks, and spoons in sets by putting them in a plastic bag and securing them with tape.

Don’t risk damaging your fragile or oddly shaped items. If you need any supplies, we’re here to help. Here’s how:

Visit our office anytime for a wide selection of affordably priced moving boxes and packing supplies.

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