Many professional organizers suggest a keep, toss, and donate box when the process of storing items begins. The same is true with servingware and appliances. After you decide what needs to be stored, you can use these guidelines to store everything so it will be in excellent condition when it is unpacked.
Check the Cabinets and Pantries
Nothing can be found when the kitchen area becomes cluttered with an abundance of appliances. The same is true for small items needed for extra baking chores such as during Christmas or Thanksgiving. The best way to clear the clutter is to start at the top of the cabinet/pantry and work the way down. Seldom-used items can be stored in another area.
Choose the Correct Box
A larger box should be used for small items such as small appliances, kitchenware, or dish racks. Use a medium box for heavier items such as pots and pans. For larger appliances, a heavy-duty box should be used to ensure the items don't tear through the sides. Use a strong, wide tape to secure each box.
Use Correct Packing Methods
The best way to pack most seldom-used items is in its original container. Any items which can be damaged by temperature or humidity changes should be off of the floor. If humidity is an issue in your area, it is advisable to consider a climate-controlled area. You can use newsprint or other items such as towels for packing your items.
Use Correct Labeling Methods
Each box/container should be clearly labeled, so you don't need to search through each box if you need your items. A master list will benefit you if you have a lot of boxes. Number each item and where it is located.
How to Pack Small Appliances
It is advisable to put all pieces of the item in the same box when you pack small appliances such as a food processor. Wrap all of the sharp blades and other important parts well and place them in a bag which is clearly marked so you won't get cut when the package is opened.
How to Pack Large Appliances
Each of the larger appliances must be clean and free of debris to keep any pests from attacking the appliance while it is stored. For refrigerators, microwaves, or other similar items with cords, you should wrap or tape the cords to the product, so it doesn't get lost or damaged.
Refrigerators need to be stored upright because the Freon could disintegrate. Place a bag of activated charcoal in the refrigerator to help absorb odors. Protect larger items with a blanket or shrink wrap to protect the coils and help keep the unit closed.
Storing your items in a climate-controlled environment in a storage facility will protect the surfaces whether you are storing them inside or outside of your home. Using proper packing methods will also keep the servingware and other kitchen appliances in good condition until you are ready for them.