Moving to Wichita Falls? When and How to Pack Your Pantry

Packing Your Pantry for a MoveIn most homes, the kitchen is the most involved space 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, however, necessitates a different procedure for every sort 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 burning question: What should you do about the items that is in your pantry and fridge?

It would be reckless to trash, it's often difficult to work out the best process to deal with these pantry leftovers.

When to Pack Your Pantry

Moving the items from your pantry is only a sound idea some of the time. The most crucial elements to think about are the length of the move, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only relocating a rather short distance, you can take anything that will transport cleanly because there's very little delay or danger of spoilage. For long-distance trips, however, check out the expiration dates and only plan on taking food with more than six months remaining. Non-glass spice jars and new things may be packed but open canisters and bags should be put to the side. You might also want to weigh in your mind the cost of taking cheap canned goods when added to a cross-country move.

Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box

After you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to pack, begin preparing your boxes. Plastic tubs with sealing lids are wonderful for food storage because cans can become too weighty for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as achievable to evade unearthing a mess when you unpack in Wichita Falls.

Place 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 items are in your pantry box and all items are 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 accurately. For the most part, refrigerator foods are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move involves fewer than two hours of driving. That said, it's reasonable to not want to trash a freezer full of food and any leftover edibles 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 fridge 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. Drive 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

Move for Hunger LogoFinally, there’s the issue of how to handle any items you can't or do not elect to move with you. There are numerous charities that would be glad to take the food that you don’t need and get it onto the plates of those who need it. Food donation is a crucial type of local charity, so no matter if you have a few containers of Rice-a-Roni 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 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 house to house has food left in their cupboard, even if you attempted to cook up everything. Knowing when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to think about donation is a vital part of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can get to your new residence in Wichita Falls with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable foodstuffs and a tranquil feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.