Packing Food – What to Know

Packing Food – What to Know

Some of us have a genuine love affair with our refrigerator and freezer. Oh, and let’s not forget the pantry – the lovely pantry can hide some deliciousness in it, too. However, when we need to pack all that up and relocate, it gets less exciting. Packing kitchen supplies can be hard, but what about food? Here are some tips on how to do it systematically and get ready for the movers. Cook & Eat As Much As Possible One of the great ways to minimize the amount of food you’ll pack is to use it up before moving. Prioritize the foods and ingredients with a quick expiration date. This is another great way of saving money you’d usually spend on takeout or delivery. When Packing, Think Weight and Size of Boxes The boxes you’d use for food shouldn’t be too big, and they should be sturdy. Plastic relocation boxes and crates can be a good choice for relocating food. With food, as with anything else, think about the weight – the heaviest packaging should be at the bottom; lighter goes on top. Check What Can Get Spilled You might think you can just place a bag of flour to the bottom of the box and hope for the best. Well, it won’t, because flour and sugar, for example, can go everywhere. That’s why you should place the ingredients that can spill into either sealable plastic bags or some other containers. You Are Responsible For Your Booze Most moving companies won’t transport alcohol, so if you have a collection you’re proud of, make sure you pack it into your...
Home Packing Series – How to Pack Kitchen

Home Packing Series – How to Pack Kitchen

Most of us love the kitchen, as we eat delicious food and bond with people we care about over it. Americans typically love a spacious kitchen, too. But what happens when we need to pack all of that in a bunch of boxes? Stress, that’s what happens. However, if systematically approached, packing up your kitchen can be easier than you think. Let’s see how to make it easier. Packing Fragile Dishes, Pots & Pans Even though dishes seem scary to pack, if approached with a bit of extra care, you’ll be able to do it easily. Use the heaviest-to-lightest trick when packing dishes, making sure each dish is separately cushioned and protected. If you get sturdy packing boxes, you’ll ensure extra protection, but in each case, label the dish boxes with “fragile.”  Pots and pans are easier to pack as they might not be as fragile, but they can get scratched, so make sure to wrap them, as well.  Packing Knives & Sharp Items Use additional precaution with all the sharp blades. If your knives have a block, by all means, use them, but even then, make sure to tape them and wrap them. After wrapping all the blades in packing paper (newspapers will also do the trick) and taping them together, wrap everything in a towel or other cushioning material, and tape it. Packing Kitchen Appliances The best boxes you can use for appliances like toasters, blenders, etc., are their original boxes. If some of the original boxes are missing, try to pack those appliances into boxes of similar shape and size and pad them properly. Packing Food...
How to Pack Books for a Move

How to Pack Books for a Move

I admit it, I am a big book worm! I love books so much, but I also have to admit – they take up a lot of space in my house, and sometimes you just don’t have enough room in your house. So how do you pack up your entire library for your new home, without damaging your books? Some books are extra special – either a first edition, a signed copy, a special gift with a dedication from a deceased relative. These will need extra care to make sure they are safe. What you don’t want happening to your books Dog – ears – If I give someone a new, crisp book, and they return it to me dog – eared, they will never get another book load from me again.Water damage – if you use cardboard boxes, they will likely tear and get water damage.Sun damage – if books are left out in the sun, they will fade, the pages will deform and the pages will get fragile.Damaged spines – bent, broken, peeled spines are bad for your book’s value. Step 1: declutter Go through your books and see if there are any you can give away to family and friends, donate to charities or the local libraries, or recycle. Some books I will never let go of, but some I will happily give away, as they have no significance to me and I will not re-read them. Step 2: pack Get strong bins and boxes – do not get a big cardboard box. Professional movers and packers will have the supplies you need.Stuff the box and...