When you make a short distance move, one of the hardest parts of your move to deal with can be the food. Most moving companies don't want you to use their moving trucks to transport food, even the food from your kitchen, so you'll need to find a different way to get your food from one house to the next.
Work Through Your Food
In the two weeks before your move, try to create menus that rely as much as possible on the food that you already have in your home. Try to avoid buying new food from the grocery store as much as possible. Try to work through the overstock in your pantry, and cut down on all of the frozen food in your freezer.
Go Through Your Food
If you have a large pantry, you may be surprised to learn that not all of the food in your pantry is actually good. A lot of the food in your pantry, especially the items that you purchase "just to be safe" but don't really enjoy eating may be expired. Go through your food and look at the expiration dates on all of your food. Throw away anything that is expired or that is close to the expiration date. Don't forget about the condiments in your fridge; it is easy to collect lots of condiments only to discover that half of them are bad.
Create a Donation Pile
As you go through your pantry, you may find that there is a lot of food that is not expired, but that you have no interest in eating. Perhaps you went through a pasta phase and overbought pasta ingredients, or perhaps you stored up canned fruits and vegetables because you thought it was a good idea but you don't actually enjoy cooking with them. These are the items that you should move out of your pantry and donate to a local food bank. There is no point in keeping these foods if you are not going to use them.
Borrow Some Ice Chests
The next thing you need to do is see if you can borrow some ice chests from friends and family members. Fill the ice chests up with ice the night before. Then, on moving day, the first thing you should do is load up your ice chests with all the food in your fridge and freezer, and take it over to your new house and unpack your ice chests immediately. That way, you know that all of your food has been moved before you begin the stress of moving day.
Try to reduce the amount of food that you have to move from one house to the next. Then, make sure that you move your food first thing on moving day so that you don't have to think about it later. To learn more, contact a company such as Ithaca Movers.