How to pack and move your home storage area

Packing guideSeptember 30, 2020

Every house has that one little nook that can make your skin crawl when you think about moving it. For example, you might not know how to sort out the tools in your workbench, or your collection of fine art. However, for the majority of people, this is their storage area. Food items are notoriously difficult to move. A lot of companies refuse to move them all together, while some will have special requirements put in place in order for the move to take place. If you are worried about how you will pack and move your home storage area are, then you worry can stop today. Zippy Shell Moving and Storage DMV are here to help you with this task. In this article, we take a look at the chore, what you need to do, and what supplies to get for a successful and stress-free move.

Figure out what you can move – and what needs to stay behind

The first thing you will want to do is to figure out which items you can take with you on the move – and which will need to stay behind. This can be a complicated thing as the choice will depend on your local movers Northern Virginia. There are some items that the companies will move for you – while some companies will refuse to move the very same items. So, you will want to work with your company closely as you empty your storage and prepare for the move.

an inventory list
Make an inventory of your pantry.

However, emptying the storage area is certainly something you will want to do. Go through it and make an inventory list of all the things in there. Jot down their expiration dates and the conditions they are in. As you go, make sure you dispose of the expired food items. You will not be using these anyway, so there is no need to move them either. As for an item’s “condition,” write down if it is used, opened, or still waiting to be opened. This is important – sometimes, you will be able to move only the things you have yet to open. Other times, you will need to figure out special packaging for the opened ones in order to transport them.

Once you go through your storage, you should have a good inventory list. It’s important to take time and make it because it will give you a number of benefits. First, you will have a better grasp of the moving process – by knowing what you need to move. You will also not forget anything. All you need to do is cross it off the list once you pack it. This will help prepare your storage area for the move with ease.

Get cooking before you pack and move your storage area

The next step to a successful pantry move will be to “thin down” things as much as you can. This means that you will want to start using the things you know you cannot move with you. So, you can say goodbye to your takeout menus – it’s time to start using the kitchen you will say goodbye soon. Sit down and create a meal plan. Ensure you are using as much food as you can from your pantry for these meals. Otherwise, you will have to donate the food (or throw it – which you should try to avoid).

An option to think about is to throw a dinner party if you have a lot of food to spare. You can even create “goodie bags” for your guests. Put canned goods and snacks here – as well as sugar, flour, butter – all the kitchen building blocks we tend to keep in abundance. The truth is – you can take some of these with you (and we will talk about this), but it can be impractical.

an empty pantry
Empty your storage area as much as you can.

Of course, some of the things will just belong in the trash. Expired food is the first to go, as well as anything that’s looking suspicious. Anything open should also follow suit. You will not be able to donate these items anyhow. It doesn’t really matter if the food was frozen or not – if you do not eat it, it needs to go. The same applies to eggs, produce, and opened beverages. All of these can cause “commotion” during the move, so evade transporting them.

How to pack everything up

After you are done getting rid of the things you will not be moving, it’s time to start packing. Depending on what the items are, you will use different methods and packing services and supplies for each. For example, you might have some expensive items in your kitchen – like spices, condiments, or oils. These will require some special packing to transport. Some things might be fragile – like pasta – or come in fragile containers. These will also need you to prepare them well and ensure you will not damage them when you pack and move your home storage area.

spices
Be careful about how you transport your spices.

Let’s start with bagged food items. You will want to put them in plastic bags and seal these with tape. This way, even if something leaks out of its container, it will stay inside the bag. Similarly, you will want to secure spices and jars with plastic bags too. However, all you need to do here is to wrap them in plastic wraps, and then place them in a box. For jars, you can also unscrew the top, put a plastic bag over the opening, and then screw the top back on. This is just another layer of protection for these items.

You should also clearly label everything. Perishables need to be labeled that way so you know where they go. Some professional movers won’t even move these, while others will need you to open them as soon as they arrive. Finally, you should think twice about moving cans. While a lot of companies will accept these on the truck, they can get heavy. This will increase the cost, so reconsider them when you want to pack and move your home storage area.

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