Moving day is fast approaching and you’ve done a great job packing up every nook and cranny of your home. We’re impressed with your progress (keep it up!), but we’re guessing you’ve left a few dreaded areas for your final days of packing… your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
We suggest taking all of the leftover food, throw it in a big pot, mix it up, and eat it for dinner every single night for a week.
Okay…we’re kidding. We have a much better (& more appetizing) solution so you don’t waste all of the contents of your kitchen.
If you have lots of food you’d like to keep, then here are our tips on how to pack up your kitchen to safely move your food from one home to another.
1. GET COOKIN’
Throw away the takeout menus. Say your final goodbye to the pizza delivery man. You’re eating in from now until moving day, baby! It’s much easier to eat your food now, than to move it later, so get creative in the kitchen and use up the last of what you have! You can even throw a dinner party to really go through all of your food. Your guests’ “goodie bags” can be filled with extra canned goods, snacks, and condiments you don’t want to trash. Let’s not forget about all of that sugar, flour, and butter you’ve got stashed. Get baking and leave your favorite neighbors with homemade cookies, cakes, and breads. They’ll miss you forever…
2. THROW IT AWAY
Check expiration dates and toss anything that doesn’t make the cut. Be sure to check your items to see how much is really left in them. That dollop left in the ketchup bottle? Toss.
Here are some items you should consider dumping:
- Opened bags of snacks
- Opened frozen foods
- Opened/Unsealed condiments
- Defrosted meats
- Opened beverages
3. GET PACKING
Spices, condiments, and oils can be fairly expensive and you may not have the budget to purchase new items when you arrive at your new home. Light food items (such as pasta) may also be worth moving. Just be sure to pack fragile items correctly. Here are some tips to prevent leaking and breakage…
- Place bagged food in plastic grocery bags and seal with duct tape to eliminate leaking during your move.
- Wrap spices and jars in protective plastic wrap and pack in a box.
- Be sure to label your boxes “perishable” so you know to open them right away! (You can even take it up a notch and use the washi tape seen in this post to keep your boxes organized.)
- If you have limited space and weight on your moving truck, then you probably don’t want to pack canned goods. Instead, ask your movers to donate your extra food to Move for Hunger – a national non-profit that coordinates movers to pick up extra food from people moving. The movers then deliver that food to local pantries and food banks (last year they coordinated over 1 million pounds in donated food to food banks that would’ve been left behind or thrown out by people moving.)
4. KEEP IT COOL
Some people have freezers chock full of steaks, fish, and chicken. We’re guessing you don’t want to toss these expensive (& yummy) items. So if you’re moving closeby, pack your food in a cooler and store it in your car when you move. Use ice (or even dry ice if you’re going really far) to keep your food at a safe temperature.
We recommend using plastic bags or containers to avoid any spills. No one wants to open their cooler to find fish goo everywhere. Also, be sure to place the cooler in your vehicle last so you can easily unpack it when you arrive at your destination.
Bonus Tip* Set aside some money in your moving budget, so you can take a big trip to the grocery store in your new town to restock and get your new pantry in working order!