That time between moving out of one home and into another is a worry-filled time as you try to tackle all the important tasks. Sometimes, things slip through the cracks. One important task you shouldn’t forget to include in your moving timeline is organizing, consuming and getting rid of food before moving day.
Perfectly-timed consumption is the goal, of course. But not everybody is that lucky to time it out just right. And because most movers won’t move perishable food, you have to figure out what to do with it beforehand. Here are some tips.
The first step is to know exactly what you have left in the house. Take this opportunity to inventory your food supplies, going over all the areas in your home where you store food, such as the fridge, freezer, cupboards, pantry, and basement, etc. You can write it all down or take photos.
Sort out your food supplies into:
Note how much you have of each.
Go through your food supplies and toss anything that has expired. Don’t keep or consume anything past its due date, for the health of your family. Throw away the food, rinse out glass containers and cans, and recycle properly.
The idea here is to reduce food waste while saving some money in the process.
Unopened cans and boxed dry goods are the easiest things to donate to charity. That’s why you should focus on consuming the perishables first. Try places like Move for Hunger, which is a non-profit organization that delivers non-perishable foods to food banks all over North America.
You can also drop off boxes of unopened canned and box goods to your local shelters, schools and drop-off centers prior to moving. Just check expiration dates before donating.
All the food that made the cut will have to get packed. You will need plenty of clear plastic bins to store the non-perishables, such as:
Just remember to pack as few food products as possible. You’re paying movers good money to move those cans and boxes, so the less food you transport, the less money you have to pay. Oftentimes, it’s more cost feasible to just buy new food in the new place.
Do not bother packing and moving frozen or refrigerated foods, as they fall under the category of things that aren’t allowed for transport because of safety reasons. If you absolutely have to move frozen or refrigerated foods, put them in coolers on ice and take them with you in your car.
Ready to book your move? We can move all kinds of appliances, including refrigerators, but we don’t move perishable foods. Start off with a free quote from us; just call 214-433-6762.