When you’re moving, there are many things you need to keep in mind and some are more difficult to forget than others. One thing that could be forgotten while you’re moving is the food you prepare in your kitchen.

The aim is to throw away as little food as you can, but how do you accomplish that? Here are the steps you can follow to limit food waste in your move, and ensure that your schedule is running smoothly.

1. Examine What You Have

If you’re not certain of what’s in your home, you won’t be able to create an appropriate plan for your food and you must be aware of what you have. Make a list of what’s in your fridge, pantry, freezer, cupboards, and basement. Keep a record of everything, or take photographs to look over later. Be sure to not only note down the type of food you come across but also the amount as well.

2. Get Rid of the Junk

There’s a good chance that you’ll discover some items that are expired while you are going through your inventory procedure. If you find them place them in a bin to dispose of them properly. It’s not worth storing food that has expired, so the best option is to throw away the food items that are no longer fresh.

3. Create An Outline

Now, you need to determine what you’d like to do with your food before making the decision. Here are your options:

  • Make use of it.
  • Donate it or give it away.
  • Pack it up and be ready to move it.
  • Recycle.

4. The Perishables

After you’ve cleared out all the food that’s gone bad and you’re ready to use up what’s delicious, but it won’t last for a long time.

This is the most efficient way to reduce all food waste you can, and also save some money doing it.

Here’s how you can make use of your existing resources:

  • Limit your shopping trips to the grocery store or buy only the items you know you’ll use prior to moving.
  • Make meals out of the perishable foods you have
  • Plan a time to cook food leftovers instead of ordering food from a restaurant
  • Encourage your family members to think of ideas for how to make use of the food
  • Set aside time to cook meals and snacks for moving day based on the food you have on hand

Perishable goods are generally difficult to donate and the best solution is to use them in the most efficient way possible.

If you don’t think you’ll be able to use all of the perishable items. There are still alternatives. Ask your neighbors, friends, or relatives in the vicinity whether they would be able to make use of the things you couldn’t find a use for.

In many cases, particularly when you’re moving into a new residence, you’ll have to spend more money packing and moving food items than buying new food items when you reach your destination. Keep this in mind when you are not able to sell your food items.

5. Donation

If you’re having non-perishable items to dispose of as the day of your move approaches You can donate them. This is a win-win for everyone You are aiding families in need, and bolstering your community while easing your burden in the process of preparing to move.

6. Sorting Out What is Left

If you have leftover food after steps 1-5, you’ll need to be aware of what to pack. Follow these packing tips for the food items you’ll be taking with you to your new residence:

  • Make sure to pack canned items in small cardboard boxes so that they don’t become too heavy for transport. Or make use of plastic storage containers.
  • Tape the openings of dry food items like pasta, rice, flour, and sugar. Then, you can pack them in sealed ziploc bags, then into small or medium moving boxes.
  • All glass containers must be wrapped in soft packing paper and then tape the bundles together, then put in sturdy cardboard boxes.
  • If you have to take frozen or refrigerated food items, ensure that you take the items in coolers.

Moving your food

Perishable food items and all open containers shouldn’t be moved by your moving company. You should carry them yourself.