Even if you’re looking forward to your upcoming move, chances are you aren’t so thrilled about packing up your pantry. Following are eight tips designed to make it as painless as possible.
The days prior to a move provides the perfect time to purge your pantry. Go through it and throw or give away anything you don’t want or need. Be be particularly mindful of items that have passed their expiration dates or appear to have been accessed by rodent or insect pests.
Donate Your Canned Goods
Most canned goods are heavy and hard to move. Fortunately, they’re also pretty inexpensive. Consider donating your canned goods to your local food shelter instead, or ask your movers if they participate in a program called Move for Hunger. If so, they’ll do the lifting and delivery for you.
Eat in Until Moving Day
Using up all the food you possibly can before the big move means that you’ll have less to pack and carry to your new home.
Pack Perishables in a Cooler
If you still have perishables left by the time you’re ready to move, you can pack them in a cooler if you’re not going very far. Be sure to use plenty of ice in order to keep your food at a safe temperature. You’ll need to keep the temperature at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. A good portable food thermometer can help attain this goal.
Pack Essentials Separately
Pack one box solely with essential items that you’re going to want to use right away in your new home. You don’t want to be digging for the pancake mix the first morning while everyone sits around hungry.
Wrap Spices Carefully
Replacing a stash of spices is expensive — wrap yours carefully and place them in a clearly labeled box. Consider taping the lids shut to keep them from spilling out during the course of the move.
Don’t Use Overly Large Boxes
Unless you’re filling an entire box with dried pasta, keep box sizes on the medium-to-small size. This will help prevent accidents during and after the move. Keep in mind that even if you’re using a professional moving company, you’ll still have to maneuver the boxes after they’ve been delivered to your new home.
Pack and Transport Your Own Adult Beverages
Because of potential liability costs and other complications, most movers won’t pack and move your adult beverage collection. Ask your local liquor store if they’ve got empty liquor boxes — these have individual compartments for bottles to minimize breakage. Be careful about transporting bottles that have been opened in the main part of your vehicle — you may be in violation of local open bottle laws. Place them in the trunk to be safe.