Moving to Colorado Springs? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In most homes, the kitchen is the most complex room to pack. Many rooms, it is straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and put everything into them until it’s all packed up. The natural organization of the area makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, be that as it may, requires a unique process for every type of item. Even if you have moved several times and have become a professional at packing glassware and placing newsprint between platters and mixing bowls, there is always that one burning question: What should you do about the food that is in your cupboard and icebox? It would be reckless to trash, it's many times hard to figure out the best process to tackle these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Moving the items from your pantry is only a sound idea part of the time. The most critical components to think about are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only moving a fairly short distance, you might want to pack anything that will transport neatly because there is very little time that will lapse or risk of spoilage. For interstate moves, however, check out the expiration dates and only move items with more than half a year before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and new containers can be packed but open canisters and bags should be set to the side. You may also want to consider the cost of taking inexpensive canned goods when added to a long-haul move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you have set aside what you are going to move, start getting your boxes ready. Plastic boxes with snapping lids are wonderful for food storage because cans may become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will deter insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and tightly packed as feasible to evade discovering a mess when you arrive in Colorado Springs. Place the heaviest items on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items firmly against each other. Use sealable bags and Tupperware to seal open items of food or ingredients. You might find it useful to use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to to make sure everything is upright and secure. Label the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. As long as only nonperishable items are in your pantry box and it is all sealed, it should be safe to transport with the remainder of the boxes, but it is always a good idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and can’t be loaded on the moving van. What About the Fridge? The first point to remember is that foodstuffs in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not dealt with correctly. Usually, refrigerator items are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move entails less than 2 hours of driving. But, it is reasonable to not want to trash a freezer full of food and any leftover groceries on moving day, but you'll need to plan on moving them in your car. Moving companies don’t handle perishables. To move your fridge foods, first, be positive the fridge and freezer at the destination are turned on and working properly. Then, it will be okay to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods into a large ice chest that is about half-filled with ice. Drive the items over to the new house, put in the fridge, and enjoy not having to grocery shop on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the question of what to do with any foodstuffs you cannot or don't decide to take with you. There are numerous food banks that would be glad to take the extra food off your hands and get it passed out to those who don’t have enough. Food donation is a crucial type of local charity, so no matter if you have a few packages of dry pasta or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you don’t want or cannot move to your new house. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly takes part in 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! The vast majority of people moving from Point A to Point B has something leftover in their cupboard, even if you tried your hardest to use up everything. Understanding when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to contemplate donating is a crucial part of the moving process. With the correct tactics, you can arrive to your new residence in Colorado Springs with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a tranquil feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.