Moving to Little Rock? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In many homes, the kitchen is the most complex area to pack. Many spaces, it's straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and pack everything into them until the room is empty. The natural organization of the room makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, however, requires a unique technique for every kind of item. Even if you have moved many times and have become a practiced pro at packing glassware and putting newsprint between platters and serving bowls, there is always that one nagging question: What should you do about the items that is in your cupboard and fridge? It would be reckless to pitch, it's many times tough to figure out the best method to manage these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a sound idea some of the time. The most important components to think about are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just relocating a rather short distance, you might want to move all of the things that will transport cleanly because there's very little time that will lapse or risk of spoilage. For cross-country moves, on the other hand, take note of the expiration dates and only pack items with more than 6 months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and new items can be packed but open canisters and cartons should be set aside. You might also want to think about the cost of packing inexpensive canned goods when added to a long-haul move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you know what in your pantry you are going to pack, begin getting your boxes ready. Plastic boxes with snapping lids are ideal for food storage because cans can be too weighty for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and tightly packed as achievable to avert discovering 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 Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open containers of food or ingredients. You can even use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to ensure everything stays upright and secure. Label the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. As long as only nonperishable items are in your pantry box and it is all sealed, it should be allowable to move with the remainder of the boxes, but it’s certainly a smart idea to double check with your moving company on what can and cannot be loaded in the moving truck. What About the Fridge? The first point to remember is that things in the refrigerator can and will go bad if they are not dealt with correctly. Usually, refrigerator goods are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move involves less than a couple hours of driving. However, it's reasonable to not want to trash your collection of freezer resources and any uneaten edibles on moving day, but you will need to plan on moving them yourself. Moving companies do not handle items that can go bad. To move your icebox foods, first, make sure the fridge and freezer at the destination are on and cooling properly. Then, it will be safe to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods into a big cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new house, put in the fridge, and bask in not having to grocery shop on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Lastly, there is the issue of how to manage the foodstuffs you cannot or do not elect to transport with you. There are numerous charities that will be glad to take the food that you don’t need and get it distributed to those in need. Food donation is one of the most important types of local charity, so whether you have a few packages of mac & cheese or a complete pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you don’t need or can’t take to your new residence. 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! Nearly everyone moving from house to house has things leftover in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up leftovers. Acknowledging when to pack, what food 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 arrive to your new house in Little Rock with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a peaceful feeling having given the extra to those who can benefit most from it.