Moving to Little Rock? When and How to Pack Your Pantry

Packing Your Pantry for a MoveIn almost every home, the kitchen is the most involved area to pack. Most areas, it is easy enough to bring in a assortment of boxes and place everything into them until the room is empty. The natural organization of the room allows for simple boxing up of items. The kitchen, however, calls for a special procedure for every kind of item. Even if you have moved several times and have become a practiced pro at packing glassware and putting paper between plates and serving bowls, there is always that one burning question: What should you do with the food that is in your cupboard and fridge?

It would be uneconomical to trash, it is often hard to determine the best way to tackle these pantry leftovers.

When to Pack Your Pantry

Packing your pantry is only a fit idea some of the time. The most crucial aspects to consider are the mileage from Point A to Point B, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only going a fairly short distance, you might want to pack all of the things that will go cleanly because there is very little time that will lapse or risk of spoilage. For interstate moves, however, take note of the expiration dates and only pack things with more than 6 months left. Non-glass spice jars and closed things may be packed but open canisters and cartons should be put aside. You might also want to consider the cost of taking inexpensive canned goods when added to a long distance move.

Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box

Once you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to move, commence getting your boxes ready. Plastic tubs with snapping lids are wonderful for food transport because cans can become too weighty for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and tightly packed as feasible to avert unearthing a mess when you arrive in Little Rock.

Place the heaviest items on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items firmly against each other. Use sealable bags and Tupperware to seal open items of food or ingredients. If you find it useful, use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to ensure everything stays upright and secure. Mark the box as delicate so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it up. As long as only nonperishable items are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be safe to move with the rest of the boxes, but it’s always a smart idea to double check with your moving company about what can and cannot be loaded in the truck.

What About the Fridge?

The first detail to think about is that foods in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not taken care of accurately. Usually, refrigerator foods are only packed for a move if the move involves less than 2 hours of driving. That said, it's understandable to not want to trash your collection of freezer resources and any remaining staples on moving day, but you will have to transport it in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not take perishables.

To move your icebox items, first, be sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and working. Then, it will be acceptable to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a big cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new residence, put in the fridge, and relish in not having to go to the grocery store on moving day.

Donating Your Pantry Goods

Move for Hunger LogoFinally, there’s the issue of how to handle any items you can't or do not choose to move with you. There are places that would be joyous to take the food that you don’t need and get it passed out to those who need it. Food donation is one of the most important types of local charity, so whether you have a few containers of dry pasta or a complete pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you do not need or can’t transport to your new house. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly participates 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 country. Click here or on the picture above to find out more!

Every person moving from home to home has food left in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up leftovers. Understanding when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to think about donation is an important portion of the moving process. With the correct approach, you can arrive to your new home in Little Rock with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a tranquil feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.