When you start the moving process, there are so many things to prepare for! Beyond finding your new location and making arrangements to leave your current one, organizing the actual move can be overwhelming. In the midst of the chaos, it can be easy to overlook some of your household items that you need to take care of as well. Figuring out what to do with the food in your home, while it can be easy to forget, should be something that you plan for ahead of time in order to make your moving day easy and to avoid unnecessary waste. Here are some things to consider when it comes to your pantry and refrigerator in order to make your move as easy as possible!
Most likely, you have a little bit of notice before moving day, and you will want to take advantage of this time. One of the things that should be on your pre-move planning along with purchasing boxes and scheduling your moving truck is to take an inventory of what food you have. If you’re like most Americans, then you probably have some frozen foods or canned goods that you have forgotten about, and maybe even some expired or spoiled foods you need to toss anyway. Make cooking these items a priority in the weeks leading up to your move, and limit your grocery shopping as much as possible. This can give you a chance to be creative in the kitchen, it will help you save money on your grocery bill, and will reduce your waste significantly.
Now that you have consumed what you can, consider what you do want to pack. Remember that while small items like canned foods seem light, over packing in one box can become problematic. Using smaller boxes can help you avoid accidentally damaging/ruining the food you are taking with you. By putting items like flour and sugar in resealable ziplock bags, you are guaranteeing yourself that if something does break or leak, at least not everything will get ruined. If you do plan to move with perishable items, regardless of the distance of the move, use a cooler filled with ice. Even if you’re moving across town, you never know what kinds of delays can happen, and there is nothing worse than arriving to your new place with a box of spoiled veggies and milk.
If you are willing to let go of some of your canned and packaged goods, then it might be easier for you to donate them to your local food bank, not to mention the good you would be doing! Unopened pasta boxes, bags of rice, canned beans, and all of those other items that tend to accumulate in your pantry are the perfect items to box up and drop off at your community pantry. So, instead of going through the trouble of packing, moving, and unpacking to let them take up space in your next home, do yourself and your community a favor and consider donating them!