Food may not be the most important thing on your mind as you’re moving to a new home, but can affect your moving plans in more ways than one. Moving everything in your old kitchen to your new one requires more than just putting them into boxes and then packing them into the moving van. The process will require you to plan ahead and make sure that all the food you’re moving from point A to point B will arrive in good, edible condition.
If you need to move to a new home and you have a lot of food to transfer, the following tips will make your work a lot easier.
1. Create A Food Inventory
About one month before your scheduled move, try to create an inventory of everything in your kitchen, from salt, sugar and condiments to the largest and most expensive types of food. Identify which types of food can make the transfer and which ones can’t, then create a plan based on that information.
Those types of food which are not likely to make it through the move should be consumed as quickly as possible, while the rest can be consumed at a later date. Your food inventory should also come with a grocery list, so that between now and the moving date you will only purchase foods that will survive the move to your new house.
2. Purchase Dried Foods and Preserves
Moving food from one place to another can be a lot easier if you only have preserves and dried foods to worry about. Aside from the fact that they don’t spoil as easily, most of them are also portable. A bottle of food preserves or dried goods usually doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and as long as you keep their containers sealed, you won’t need to replenish your food stocks while you get settled into your new home. So if you are planning to buy a new set of groceries just ahead of your big move, try to buy preserves and dried foods. It’ll make your job easier.
3. Classify The Different Foods in Your House
If you have more food than you can handle, then you should organize it into several groups prior to the big date. There are many ways to organize food and other perishable goods, and you can create a system that matches your particular needs.
For example, one group of food — the ones most likely to spoil before the moving date — should be given away or donated to the local charity, while the second group can be consumed during the trip. A third group may be given away to the people moving your things, while the fourth and fifth groups will be the ones that you will bring into your new home.
Moving into a new home can be a challenging process, but you should still take the time to think about your existing food supplies. If you follow the tips mentioned here, you should arrive to your new home with a full pantry.