Moving to Little Rock? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In almost every home, the kitchen is the most complicated space to pack. Most spaces, it is easy enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and place everything into them until the room is empty. The natural flow of the room makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, on the other hand, calls for a special process for every sort of item. Even if you have moved lots of times and have become a practiced pro at swaddling glassware and placing paper between plates and mixing bowls, there is always that one burning question: What should you do with the food which 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 sound idea part of the time. The most crucial elements to consider are the mileage from Point A to Point B, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only moving a fairly short distance, you might want to pack all of the things that will go neatly 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 six months remaining. Non-glass spice jars and closed things may be packed but open canisters and cartons should be put to the side. You might also want to consider the cost of moving inexpensive canned goods when added to a cross-country move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you know what in your pantry you are going to pack, start 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 inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and tightly packed as feasible to evade unearthing a mess when you arrive in Little Rock. Place the bulkiest 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 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. Provided 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 things in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not managed accurately. Usually, refrigerator items are only moved if the move involves less than 2 hours of driving. However, it's understandable to not want to trash your collection of freezer resources and any excess staples on moving day, but you will need to plan on moving them in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not take items that can go bad. To move your icebox items, first, be sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and working properly. 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 home, put in the fridge, and relish in not having to go to the grocery store on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there’s the question of how to handle any foodstuffs 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 move 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 United States. Click here or on the picture above to find out more! Nearly everyone moving from home to home has food left in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up leftovers. Understanding when to pack, which items 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.