Creating Essential Boxes

Fill boxes with things you will need until your kitchen is unpacked and officially set up. First things first, is labeling because everyone needs to know what is in which box including the movers. Label it clearly, so the movers you hire know not to put it into the truck that is going to storage or worst yet to the donation center and/or the dump. In fact, pack the boxes yourself with one of the crew member you have hired that way two eyes have set eyes onto the items you have packed then place it in an area (e.g., car truck) so it does not get mixed up with other boxes. Hopefully doing this will make your move a tad less stressful knowing that you know where to pull your basic necessities out of quick and fast when you need it the most.

Supplies for Cooking

  • Saucepan: This adaptive cookware can boil water, heat up soup, or even cook pasta for a quick meal.
  • Frying pan: A frying pan can make scrambled eggs, sear meat, or sauté vegetables. If you like cooking eggs, consider a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet.
  • Knives: Pack one sharp versatile knife and one paring knife (wrap them in a towel and keep them in a safe box). Trust me, that’s it for what you need.
  • Cutting board: A cutting board can be used for what it is initially used for and a serving platter in other words dual uses.
  • Large bowl: A large metal or plastic bowl can be used to make salads, beat eggs, or wash greens. You will not have to worry about the bowl being fragile because it is not glass.
  • Tongs: Tongs can toss things such as pasta, flip meat, or stir things around in a frying pan. Plus, if you want to fire up the grill there you go your are fully prepared.
  • Rubber spatula: A good rubber spatula can stir things such as scrambled eggs and scrape things when mixing or cooking.
  • Foil: Baking pans are bulky, foil can also serve as a lid when cooking.
  • Resealable plastic bags: Pack a few in each size for leftover food or ingredients. Thank me now! The usefulness of having baggies around is surprising for new clients.
  • Oil, salt, and pepper: These three essentials are irreplaceable in even the most simple cooking.

Silverware Supplies

  • Don’t forget a set of plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons for each person because you will need things to eat with.
  • Paper and Plastic- Believe it or not… paper and plastic goods can be re-used. No matter the theme of them if there is extra after a party or gathering save them! You will find they make your worries in life a bit less especially while you are getting settled. Some plastic goods can actually be very durable and lightweight.

Drinking Supplies

  • Wine and/or bottle opener: If you are a wine love or enjoy cracking a fresh cold beer keep a wine and/or bottle opener within reach.
  • Glasses: Always pick the lightweight and strong (cold/heat non-sensitive) that way they can be used interchangeably without a problem or safety concern. To add- plastic and paper cups can be useful as well but make sure to keep a permanent marker hanging around because you will want to maximize the use of each cup.
  • Coffee or morning essentials: You’ll be content if you have the proper tea and/or coffee mug in the morning to drink your beverage out of and not have to worry. Forget settle up anything fancy you have pack actual coffee and/or tea and throw in your favorite mug to remind you of the goodness of the decision you have made for a better future!


Box 1: Paper Towels, Sponges, All-Purpose Cleaner, Gloves, and Shower curtain

Box 2: Toilet Paper, Medicines, Bandages, Cups, Paper Plates, Cutlery, Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Sheets, Towels, Air Beds, and Pet Essentials (e.g., food/litter etc.,)

Hopefully these tips will help better you moving experience by allowing you to have some peace of mind and if not Strong Hands, LLC., does all of this for our clients at a low cost. For more information give us a call at (607) 342-6761.