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How to Pack Up Your Kitchen Pantry When Moving

The kitchen has always been a scary place when it comes to packing up for a move. Between the heavy pots and pans, the fragile glasses and dishes, and the sharp cutlery, packing up items can be a nightmare. This goes the same for the pantry itself since you’re packing up items that may expire and will have to be unpacked pretty quickly. If you follow these tips, however, you may find that your next move goes smoother than your last (

Clean up and clear out

The first step in packing up any room of the house is to clean it up and clear it out. By that, we mean get rid of all the clutter you don’t normally take the time to remove but that you don’t want to take into your new home. Think of this as a fresh start with less “stuff” clogging up your home. If the item is expired, toss it. If it isn’t expired, but you haven’t used it in months, then donate to a local food bank for the hungry and homeless. Face it, if you haven’t eaten that can of green beans that’s been in the back of the pantry for eight months, then chances are you won’t eat it when you get to the new house.

Don’t buy new stuff

In the weeks leading up to the move, cut back on your grocery shopping. Eat as much as possible from what is already in the pantry and then plan on buying new items when you get to the new home. Also, the week of the move, plan to eat out a lot or order pizza. You’re going to be too busy packing to cook and most of your food and dishes should be going into the boxes anyway.

Seal your open boxes tightly

Open food containers, like cereal or chips, can be a problem if they open in transit and spill out. If possible, save these items for last and try to polish them off before the move. If that’s not feasible, use packing tape to close them up tightly so they won’t leak.

Don’t pack too much in one box

The heaviest items in the pantry will probably be your canned items. First, you will need to get boxes that are really thick and sturdy so they won’t rip or tear due to the weight of the cans. But the other way to fix this problem is to not put all the cans in one box. Put a layer of cans on the bottom of the box and then pack light items in the top like chip bags, noodles, spices, or kitchen towels. This way, you’re spreading the weight around and not likely to break your back or the boxes.


Don’t pack everything

You’ve heard the phrase that “an army marches on its stomach”? Well, that’s true for people moving as well. You’re going to get hungry on the day of the move and need protein for extra pep and energy. Be sure to leave out some snacks that can give you a jolt of strength when you really need it.

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