Preparing and packing for a move can quickly become a stressful process. With a never-ending to-do list looming overhead, food waste probably isn’t at the top of your mind. Lucky for you, it is at the top of ours! Follow these simple tips to reduce your food waste during your move and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Eat What You Have
First and foremost, make sure you’re eating what you have on hand. Make a list of everything in your kitchen and pantry and try to make meals with those ingredients before you go out shopping for more. This is a great time to check expiration dates and get rid of the expired food too!
Be Mindful of the Food You’re Purchasing Prior to the Move
As moving day approaches, be more mindful of your shopping habits. Only purchase foods that you know you’ll eat before the move. Try to keep track of expiration dates, plan out meals, and avoid unnecessary impulse purchases at the grocery store.
If you find yourself overrun with pantry items you don’t want to pack and move, donating is the perfect solution! Contact a local food bank to learn more about the donation process. Typically, any non-perishable item that hasn’t expired will be accepted. Not only are you simplifying your moving experience, but you’re also helping those in need! Non-perishable items can be repurchased at a low cost and many people agree that the hassle of packing and moving them simply isn’t worth it.
Eat Perishable Food Items First
Items in your fridge and freezer should be your first priority as you try to eat what you have on hand. These items are perishable and may not survive a long move. Meal planning and using your inventory list is vital to clearing out as many perishable items as possible before the move. Don’t be afraid to try out new recipes and get creative to help use up the items in your fridge and freezer!
The most important thing to remember to reduce food waste during a move is mindfulness. Be mindful of what you have, your timeline to eat it, and what you want to bring along with you to the new location. The further you move the more difficult it will be to transport food without it going bad, so it’s better to use it while you still can!