With your moving day fast approaching, you will probably busy with a lot of things, until you realize there’s still a pile of food on your pantry and fridge that you need to get rid of before your Singapore movers arrived to pick up your belongings to move it to your new home. Throwing away the food you can’t take with you is just wasteful and wrong.
To avoid any food waste when moving to a new home, it is essential to have a plan in place for the food that you have. Here are some tips you can use to help you deal with your food before moving out of your old home.
Create an inventory of all the food you have
As early as one month before your moving day, go through your pantry and fridge to check the amount of food you have. This will help you create an effective plan of what to do with them. Sort out your food items, take a pen and notepad then list down your food items according to their category. On your list you should have:
Frozen food - meat, vegetables, seafood
Refrigerated perishable items - eggs, milk, cheese, butter, condiments and sauces
Canned foods - fruit, vegetables, soups
Food in glass containers - cooking oil, bottled fruit, sauces, dressings
Boxed food items - chips, cereals, grains, pasta
Food supplies in delicate packaging - baking supplies in paper packaging like flour, sugar, etc.
Throw away expired food items
After sorting and creating an inventory of your food items, you are most likely to end up with certain food items that are already past its expiration date. These food items can no longer be consumed or donated. Throw away contents of expired glass bottles, jars and boxes. Make sure to recycle the containers or look for a recycling drop-off point near your place.
Consume as much perishable food items
The most effective way to avoid food waste is to eat up your food items. Come up with fun recipes you can cook with your family. Make it a bonding opportunity with them. This helps you creatively reduce possible food waste, and at the same time, you get to save by not buying any more food towards your moving day.
Hosting a farewell party for your friends and neighbours is also a great idea to use up the excess food in your fridge and pantry.
Donate non-perishable food items
You may still be left with some non-perishable items like canned goods, food in glass containers, rice, pasta, etc. It’s tempting to bring these to your new home, consider the weight and the cost of moving all these. Donating these to a local food bank is a smart and great thing to do. You not only reduce food waste and lighten your burden when moving, you also get to help people that are in need.
Properly pack what you intend to move
If there are food items left that you wanted to bring with you to your new home, then you should make sure that these items are properly packed to avoid spoiling. Here are some tips on how to pack it:
Canned goods and food in glass containers are pretty heavy when packed together in a large box and they will be prone to breakage. So when packing these type of food items, make sure to use small boxes that are sturdy enough to hold their weight.
Glass containers should be wrapped in bubble wraps or packing paper to give an extra layer of protection before placing it inside the box.
Use Ziplocks to pack food supplies like sugar, flour, cereals, etc. These items can easily spill if not packed properly, so you should use a secure container to pack them.
You should avoid bringing frozen perishable foods when moving, but if you need to, then you should store these in a cooler with ice so you can preserve them.
Prepare food for your moving day
Carrying heavy items require a lot of energy so make sure you have some food ready for you and your home movers to replenish their strength. Before your home movers arrived, prepare snacks like sandwiches, granola bars, nuts, cookies etc. Don’t forget to prepare bottled waters, juice or some energy drinks.
In a stressful situation such as moving to a new home, it’s important to have a plan in place so you can avoid any problems on your moving day.
We hope these tips will help you in effectively getting rid of food items before your Singapore movers arrive. And if you haven’t hired a moving company yet to help you with your move, it’s time to decide and look for a reliable mover with the help of Wise Move.