In many homes, the kitchen is the most complicated room to pack. Most spaces, it's straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and pack everything into them until it’s all packed up. The natural arrangement of the space makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, be that as it may, necessitates a different process for every type of item. No matter you have moved lots of times and have become a practiced pro at packing glassware and stacking paper between platters and serving bowls, there is still that one burning question: What should you do about the food that is in your cupboard and fridge?
It would be uneconomical to pitch, it is often difficult to work out the best method to manage these pantry leftovers.
When to Pack Your Pantry
Packing your pantry is only a fit idea part of the time. The most important aspects to consider are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just going a reasonably short distance, you can move all of the things that will transport neatly because there's very little lag or opportunity for spoilage. For cross-country moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only move things with more than 6 months left. Non-glass spice jars and closed items may be packed but open containers and jars should be put to the side. You might also want to consider the cost of packing inexpensive canned goods when added to a long-haul move.
Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box
After you know what in your pantry you are going to take with you, commence getting your boxes ready. Plastic containers with sealing lids are best for food storage because cans can be too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as feasible to avoid discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Little Rock.
Stack the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items snuggly against each other. Use Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open containers of food or ingredients. You might find it useful to use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Label the box as fragile so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. If only nonperishable containers are in your pantry box and all items are sealed, it should be safe to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it is always a smart idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and can’t be loaded on the moving truck.
What About the Fridge?
The first point to remember is that foodstuffs in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not managed properly. Usually, refrigerator items are only packed for a move if the move involves fewer than two hours of driving. That said, it's reasonable to not want to trash your collection of freezer resources and any residual edibles on moving day, but you'll have to transport it in your car. Moving companies do not handle food that can spoil.
To move your refrigerator items, first, be sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and working. Then, it should be okay to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods into a big cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Drive the items over to the new home, put in the fridge, and relish in not having to go grocery shopping on moving day.
Donating Your Pantry Goods
Lastly, there is the issue of how to handle any items you cannot or do not elect to transport with you. There are places that would be glad to take the food that you don’t need and get it passed out to those who don’t have enough. Food donation is one of the most important types of local charity, so whether you have a few boxes of Rice-a-Roni or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you don’t want or can’t move to your new home. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly has joined with 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 North America. Click here or on the picture above to learn more!
Nearly everyone moving from Point A to Point B has something left in their cupboard, even if you did your best to cook up leftovers. Understanding when to pack, what can be packed, and when to think about donation is a vital part of the moving process. With the correct amount of organization, you can get to your new house in Little Rock with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a peaceful feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.