Moving to Atlanta? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In many homes, the kitchen is the most complex room to pack. Most rooms, it is simple enough to bring in a collection of boxes and place everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural organization of the area makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, however, calls for a different process for every sort of item. No matter you have moved lots of times and have become an expert at packing glassware and stacking newsprint between platters and mixing bowls, there is still that one pressing question: What should you do with the items which is in your cupboard and refrigerator? It would be reckless to throw it out, it's many times difficult to work out the best way to tackle these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Moving your pantry is only a fit idea some of the time. The most crucial components to think about are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just relocating a rather short distance, you can pack all of the things that will transport neatly because there's very little delay or danger of spoilage. For interstate moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only move food with more than 6 months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and closed things can be packed but open containers and cartons should be put to the side. You might also want to think about the cost of moving low-priced canned goods when added to a cross-country move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to pack, begin getting your boxes ready. Plastic containers with sealing lids are wonderful for food transport because cans can become too weighty for cardboard and plastic will deter insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and snuggly packed as achievable to avert discovering a mess when you unpack in Atlanta. Put the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items tightly against each other. Use Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open items of food or ingredients. If you find it useful, use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Designate the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it into the moving van. As long as only nonperishable items are in your pantry box and all items are sealed, it should be allowable to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it’s definitely a good idea to double check with your moving company on what can and cannot be loaded in the moving van. What About the Fridge? The first detail to acknowledge is that things in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not taken care of properly. Usually, refrigerator goods are only packed for a move if the move requires fewer than 2 hours of driving. However, it's understandable to not want to throw out your collection of freezer resources and any excess edibles on moving day, but you'll have to move it yourself. Moving companies don’t handle items that can go bad. To move your fridge items, first, be positive the fridge and freezer at the new home are on and working properly. Then, it will be safe to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Transport the items over to the new residence, load in the fridge, and relish in not having to go to the grocery store on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the problem of what to do with any items you cannot or do not choose to take with you. There are numerous charities that would be joyous to take the extra food off your hands and get it passed out to those in need. Food donation is one of the most important types of local charity, so whether you have a few boxes of dry pasta or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you don’t need or cannot transport to your new house. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly participates 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 United States. Click here or on the picture above to learn more! Every person moving from house to house has things remaining in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up everything. Acknowledging when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to donate is a crucial component of the moving process. With the correct approach, you can arrive to your new home in Atlanta with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a good feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.