28 May Clearing Out Your Fridge, Pantry and Freezer Before You Move House
Moving to a new home is a stressful task. What makes things worse is that we at times tend to overlook some minor, but important planning details. Kitchen packing is at times one of the most overlooked planning detail, particularly the task of clearing out the pantry, fridge, and freezer.
This doesn’t have to be a hurdle at all so long as you do a little planning in advance. Simply follow these guidelines and you will have a hassle-free move.
Make an inventory of everything
A little organization goes a long way when clearing and cleaning a fridge. One helpful tip is to categorize your items according to food type (meat, vegetables, etc.). Take note of the items that are too heavy or have to be kept frozen, it would be best to consume them prior to your big move.
Create meal plans
This would make it easier for you to make the most of the ingredients and food items that you may have. Come up with breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal plans for the days before the move based on what you have left. Take note of perishables and try to consume them first.
Creating meal plans would also allow you to easily identify the food items that you may have to buy. Smart, controlled purchasing is key. Incidentally, place importance on what you’ll eat for breakfast during the actual move as you’ll definitely need a fair ammount of energy.
Schedule your defrosting and cleaning
Ideally, you should dedicate an entire day for both activities. It usually won’t take long for a lot of modern freezers to de-frost; some even have an auto-defrost setting that requires minimal work.
As for cleaning once defrosting is done, unplug the fridge from its power source. You can use any mild soap for wiping the shelves and the main compartments of your pantry and freezer. Then, wipe with a dry cloth and allot an hour for it to dry.
Always keep in mind that when moving, it’s best to take only what you need, this will minimize your load and moving costs!