You’d think that a move between two apartments two blocks apart would be easy. But the distance from apartment #1 to #2 turns out to matter a whole lot less than the number of years you’ve hoarded kitchen equipment in the old place (four) and the sum of stair flights to be climbed between the pair of Brooklyn walk-ups (six and a half). Two blocks can be long indeed. We were going to need some help.
I had heard great reviews of FlatRate Moving (the sponsor of this post), and from the moment I got in touch with a rep there, I had the sense I was dealing with pros, people whose organizational prowess put mine to shame a million times over. Before emailing a quote, FlatRate sends an estimator over to your place to look through all your stuff and assess the timing and pricing of your move–at a rate that doesn’t change once you’ve signed the contract. The company sells boxes directly; confirms appointments, always; and crafts a custom inventory and move plan.
As moving day approached, I found myself less and less nervous instead of more and more. And so two days before my birthday (aka lease day), the three FlatRate movers arrived at apartment #1 at 9am, and starting at that moment, the experience was seamless. After emptying apartment #1 in no time, they drove the two blocks–passing, I noticed, another FlatRate truck on our block–and got ready to unload.
While I speed-walked the three minutes to the new place and got started wiping and lining the cabinets, the movers carried boxes and furniture up our new four long flights, leaving not a scratch on the wall. I started unpacking kitchen boxes while they hauled; unasked, the movers broke down and disposed of all the boxes I was clearing, immediately reducing the clutter in our new space. Wow.
I think you get it: this was an efficient two-block, six-and-a-half-story move, a lighthearted version of a task that’s normally stuff-your-face-with-chips stressful. Since I was free and easy, the logistics and muscle out of my hands, I had the time and energy to focus on collecting the best practices for packing a small kitchen. Not least among the bullet points of my new knowledge is the fact that a seemingly small kitchen’s stuff easily crams a dozen boxes.
Here’s how to move your small kitchen:
Pare down your pantry. You know this already. Start early, clearing cabinets and asking yourself again and again: “Do I need/want/use this?” Donate food and equipment that doesn’t meet your criterion, and try to to finish off pantry staples in the weeks leading up to your move. Lentil-Barley Soup with Mushrooms does a good job of cleaning out the grain and bean stash.