Moving to Wichita Falls? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In many homes, the kitchen is the most complicated area to pack. Most rooms, it is straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and place everything into them until the room is empty. The natural arrangement of the room makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, on the other hand, necessitates a special procedure for every kind of item. Regardless if you have moved lots of times and have become a practiced pro at swaddling glassware and placing newspaper between platters and bowls, there is always that one pressing question: What should you do about the items which is in your pantry and fridge? It would be uneconomical to trash, it's often difficult to figure out the best process 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 elements to think about are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only relocating a rather short distance, you will be able to take anything that will transport neatly because there's very little time that will lapse or danger of spoilage. For long-distance trips, however, take note of the expiration dates and only plan on taking food with more than 6 months left. Non-glass spice jars and new items may be packed but open packages and bags should be put to the side. You might also want to think about the cost of moving cheap canned goods when added to a long distance move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box After you know what in your pantry you are going to pack, begin preparing your boxes. Plastic containers with sealing lids are ideal for food storage because cans can become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and snuggly packed as feasible to avert discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Wichita Falls. Put 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. If you find it useful, use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to to make sure everything is upright and secure. Designate the box as fragile so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it up. If only nonperishable containers are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be allowable to move with the remainder of the boxes, but it is always a good idea to double check with your moving company about what can and can’t be put in the truck. What About the Fridge? The first detail to think about is that foodstuffs in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not dealt with correctly. For the most part, refrigerator items are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move entails fewer than two hours of driving. That said, it's logical to not want to trash a freezer full of food and any leftover staples on moving day, but you will have to move it in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not handle items that can go bad. To move your icebox items, first, make positive the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and cooling properly. Then, it will be okay to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new house, load in the fridge, and bask in not having to go grocery shopping on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there’s the issue of what to do with any foodstuffs you can't or do not decide to move with you. There are numerous charities that would be happy to take the food that you don’t need and get it distributed to those who need it. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so no matter if you have a few containers of Rice-a-Roni or a complete pantry full of non-perishables, ponder donating what you don’t need or can’t take to your new residence. 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 the country. Click here or on the picture above to learn more! Nearly everyone moving from Point A to Point B has food left in their cupboard, even if you attempted to cook up everything. Knowing when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to think about donation is a crucial element of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can get to your new house in Wichita Falls with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a peaceful feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.