Packing Up Your Pantry

Moving Your Pantry Items

When it comes time to pack up your home for a big move, you may be wondering what you should do with all of your food. When packing up the pantry for a move, it’s important to plan ahead and take the time to properly prepare and assess what you'd like to toss, donate, or bring to your new home.

Here are some tips from the Go Mini's team that can help you avoid food waste and spills:

Keep, Toss, or Donate?

Start your packing process by deciding what you'd like to do with each food item. There are three main options: keep, toss, or donate.


If you plan on using the item within the next few weeks before your move, or if it is an item you will need after the move, it may be best to pack it up and take it with you.


Consider donating any nonperishable items that you won't use before the move or that you don't foresee needing in your new home.


If an item is perishable, too old, or has been opened and may spoil during the move, then it’s best to discard it.

Pack Smart

Now that you know what you're bringing with you, it's time to pack smart! When packing up your food items for a move, make sure to place heavier items, such as canned goods, at the bottom of the boxes and lighter items, such as dry goods, on top. This will help to prevent any items from being crushed or damaged in transit.

Avoid Spills

It's a good idea to also use plastic bags or Tupperware when packing up your pantry items. Put basic cooking ingredients like flour, sugar, and spices into tightly sealed storage before placing them into their own box. This will prevent spills (and messes!) during the move.

Plan Ahead

A successful move means planning ahead! Make note of the ingredients you have about a month before your move, and try to use up as much as you can in order to limit what you must throw out or move.

And if you're in need of some extra storage space while packing everything up, consider renting a Mini from Go Mini's! Learn more about our services and how they can make your move a smooth and easy process now!

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