Moving to Atlanta? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In most homes, the kitchen is the most complex room to pack. Most rooms, it is easy enough to bring in a collection of boxes and place everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural flow of the area makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, on the other hand, calls for a special procedure for every kind of item. No matter you have moved lots of times and have become an expert at packing glassware and stacking newsprint between platters and serving bowls, there is still that one burning question: What should you do with the items which is in your cupboard and icebox? 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 the items from your pantry is only a fit idea part of the time. The most crucial determinants to think about are the length of the move, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just relocating a very short distance, you can pack all of the things that will transport neatly because there's very little time that will lapse or opportunity for spoilage. For interstate moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only move food with more than six 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 inexpensive canned goods when added to a long distance move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you know what in your pantry you are going to move, begin getting your boxes ready. Plastic tubs with sealing lids are ideal for food transport because cans can become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will deter insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and snuggly packed as feasible to avert discovering a mess when you unpack in Atlanta. Place the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items snuggly 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 ensure everything stays upright and secure. Label 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 everything is sealed, it should be allowable to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it’s always a good idea to double check with your moving company about what can and cannot be loaded in the moving truck. What About the Fridge? The first detail to acknowledge is that things in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not managed properly. Usually, refrigerator goods are only moved if the move requires fewer than 2 hours of driving. That said, it's understandable to not want to throw out your collection of freezer resources and any excess staples on moving day, but you'll have to move it in your own vehicle. Moving companies don’t handle perishables. To move your fridge items, first, be positive the fridge and freezer at the destination 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 home, 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 foodstuffs 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 a whole 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! Nearly everyone moving from Point A to Point B has food leftover in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up everything. Understanding when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to donate is a vital component of the moving process. With the correct amount of organization, 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.