In many homes, the kitchen is the most complicated room to pack. Most spaces, it's straightforward enough to bring in a collection of boxes and put everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural flow of the room allows for simple boxing up of items. The kitchen, however, calls for a different technique for every sort of item. Regardless if you have moved many times and have become a professional at packing glassware and placing newsprint between plates and serving bowls, there is always that one nagging question: What should you do with the foodstuffs which is in your pantry and icebox?
It would be uneconomical to pitch, it's often difficult to work out the best way to manage these pantry leftovers.
When to Pack Your Pantry
Moving the items from your pantry is only a fit idea some of the time. The most critical determinants to ponder are the length of the move, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just moving a rather short distance, you can take everything that will go nicely because there's very little delay or danger of spoilage. For long-distance trips, on the other hand, take a look at expiration dates and only pack items with more than half a year left. Non-glass spice jars and new things can be packed but open packages and bags should be set aside. You might also want to weigh in your mind the cost of taking inexpensive canned goods when added to a long-haul move.
Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box
Once you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to take with you, start preparing your boxes. Plastic tubs with snapping lids are ideal for food storage because cans may become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as feasible to avert discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Little Rock.
Put the bulkiest items on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items firmly against each other. Use Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open items of food or ingredients. You might find it useful to use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Mark the box as fragile so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. If only nonperishable food items are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be safe to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it’s certainly a good idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and cannot be loaded on the moving van.
What About the Fridge?
The first thing to acknowledge is that foods in the fridge can and will go bad if they are not managed properly. Usually, refrigerator foods are only moved if the move entails fewer than 2 hours of driving. However, it is understandable to not want to trash everything in your freezer and any residual groceries on moving day, but you'll have to move it in your car. Moving companies don’t take perishables.
To move your fridge items, first, be positive the fridge and freezer at the destination are on and cooling properly. Then, it should be safe to pack up your cold food items into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new house, put in the fridge, and relish in not having to go grocery shopping on moving day.
Donating Your Pantry Goods
Finally, there is the problem of how to manage the food you cannot or do not elect to move with you. There are places that will be happy to accept the food that you don’t want and get it passed out to those in need. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so no matter if you have a few containers of mac & cheese or a whole pantry full of non-perishables, ponder donating what you don’t want or can’t move to your new house. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly takes part in Move for Hunger, a non-profit organization that works with moving companies to collect non-perishable food items, and deliver them to food banks across the United States. Click here or on the picture above to learn more!
The vast majority of people moving from Point A to Point B has something remaining in their cupboard, even if you attempted to cook up leftovers. Knowing when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to donate is an important part of the moving process. With the right amount of organization, you can get to your new home in Little Rock with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a tranquil feeling having given the extra to those who can benefit most from it.