When you are planning for a move, there are plenty of things you need to think about that you tend to forget simple things like planning what to do with all the food you have in your kitchen. This task is one of the easiest but usually forgotten one. We all don't want to waste food so for sure you are now thinking of how to consume them all before moving.
Sort food supplies and create an inventory
Checking all the food you have is important for you to create a better plan on what to do with all of them. Be sure to do it a few weeks in advance. Get a pen and a notebook and be sure to check all the corners of your pantry, cupboards and especially your fridge. Check for all perishable and nonperishable food items you have.
Now, list down how many numbers you have for each item and sort them according to its nature. Your list should have these 5 different types. These are frozen food, refrigerated food, canned food, bottled food and boxed food. Don’t forget to check items that are near or past expiration date to avoid mixing it up with food that you can still bring to your new home.
Remove and throw away expired food items
Once you’ve finished identifying and sorting your food supplies, you should separate food items that are near or past the expiration date too. For food items that are near the date, you have the chance to consume it before it expires. Since you can’t consume or donate expired food items anymore, better to remove it to avoid mixing it up with other food supplies and throw them away. Be sure to throw away the items like bottles, jars and cardboard containers in the correct recycling bins. Throwing food items should be done properly.
Consume perishable food items
Consuming the perishable food items a few weeks or days before your move out day is the easiest thing to do. Refrain from buying new food as much as possible and make use of the available food supplies in your cupboards, pantry and fridge. Be sure to prioritise food supplies from your fridge or freezer since these are the ones that can spoil easily. This way, you can avoid wasting good food and save some money.
Give away non-perishable food items
For sure, you have non-perishable food supplies that are still consumable. If you don’t want to bring these food items to your new home and you also don’t want them to end up in a landfill, you can give it away to neighbours or friends who might want it. Or you can also donate these food items to your local food banks or any local charities. This great way to help people in need and at the same time not waste any food.
Pack food items
If you still have food supplies left that you want to take to your new home, be sure to pack food items properly. If you are not sure how to do it, here are some things you should remember before starting packing.
For canned goods, you may use several small boxes instead of the big ones. This is because canned items are heavy and will be dangerous and difficult to carry if placed in one box. Remember to evaluate the extra transport costs for these food items. Sometimes, the transport costs are higher than the replacement cost which makes it not worthy to transfer those heavy food items like canned goods.
If you have open boxes of dried or powdered foods like cereals, pasta, flour, etc, be sure to seal it with a tape. Next, place them into Ziploc bags, but if you don’t have any, then you can use regular plastic grocery bags. This is to avoid possible leaks and spills during transport which is an additional problem if you are not prepared.
For glass containers, wrap each with packing paper to make a bundle and tape it to secure the papers in place. Then you can arrange it in your boxes and fill in those empty spaces as much as possible to avoid these glass containers bumping into each other and break.
It is important to label each box properly based on the food items. Don’t forget to label if it’s fragile or not and identify the top and bottom part of the boxes to avoid lifting it upside down which may damage the boxes and cause injuries to your movers. This way, you will have a faster way of moving your food supplies.
If you are planning to bring frozen food, you need to think twice. Moving companies don’t recommend moving them even short distances because there are frozen goods that are subject to transportation restrictions. But if you really wanted to bring it to your new home, make sure you have a cooler to store these food supplies.
Eat up on your moving day
On your moving day, make sure to remind your whole family to eat up to have enough energy. There are still some tasks you and your family need to do even if you are hiring a removalist. Preparing some snacks like sandwiches and drinks like bottled waters is the best idea to consume excess food and help you fuel up.
Aside from food, one thing you don’t want to waste is your time. So if you want to hire a removalist for your upcoming move, Upmove is a good place to start. You can reach a network of Australia’s experienced and trusted moving companies, local and interstate removalists by just submitting one listing. This will truly save your time in hiring removalists that will help you have a smooth moving process.