Packing Kitchen Food For A Move
When you're moving to a new home, it's usually the most challenging to pack the items that you use consistently. For example, it's relatively easy to pack a storage closet full of holiday decorations or a hutch full of china that you never use, but it's challenging to pack the kitchen full of items you use.
To help streamline your move, this blog post looks at how to pack the food in your kitchen. Here are some ideas to help you out.
1. Meal Plan
Ultimately, you want to get your fridge, freezer, and pantry to a relatively empty level by the day of your move. To help that process, start to meal plan, and only buy foods that you plan to cook or eat. Don't stock up your pantry or your freezer like you normally do.
2. Make Batch Meals
Consider making batches of meals for the last few days or weeks in your home. Then, parcel up the meals into individual servings. For example, make a big pot of chili, and put each serving in a plastic container. Then, when you want to eat, take out that container, warm it up and eat it out of the container. You can also do this for cold food such as salads—just keep the dressing on the side until you are ready to eat.
To illustrate how this works, imagine you do this for a week's worth of eating seven days before your move. Since you are done cooking, you can now pack all your pots, pans, and big utensils. You can also eat out of the plastic container so you can also pack the majority of your plates.
3. Pack or Donate Pantry Items
A couple days before the move, pack up the pantry. At this point, you need to do the batch meals suggestion above or just commit to eating out. Otherwise, leave out a box of cereal to sustain yourself.
You can pack up pantry items and bring them with you. However, if you have to put your stuff in storage for a while, you may just want to donate these items. Most food pantries will accept unopened boxes and cans of food. Some food pantries may even accept food from your fridge or freezer.
4. Grab a Cooler for the Fridge
Finally, you need to pack items from your fridge and freezer into a cooler. This is best for relatively short distance moves. Your food may not stay cold enough on a long distance move, so in those cases you may need to throw out leftovers or give them to friends or neighbors.
Contact a moving company, like Wheaton World Wide Moving, for more help.