You have all seen pictures of my pantry. When we built our house we  designed the pantry space in an unheated corner of our basement. We then finished it by putting in shelves and an airtight door. The pantry never gets warmer than about 55 degrees in the heat of the summer and the rest of the year stays quite cold. I am really going to miss having such a wonderful pantry. However, since it is just now my husband and I, when we do sell our home and move we can plan to have a much smaller pantry!prudent living,

If money weren’t an issue of course we could just have the pantry packed up and moved as is! However, does it really make sense to move everything across country? Of course not! Instead we will take some steps to minimize what we will actually be moving.

Now we haven’t sold our house yet or even had one offer but we are eating from the pantry and trying to use up as much as we can. When the day comes that we have an offer and have an actual closing date we will be doing our best to avoid the grocery store and instead use up everything we can from the pantry and our kitchen cupboards. I imagine those meals might get rather interesting! We can budget grocery  costs into our moving budget so we can do some restocking once we move into our new home.pantry, prudent pantry, prudent livingI mentioned two weeks ago that I was focusing on de-cluttering. This applies to the party as well! I am sorting through all the home canned goods and canned goods and checking for expiration dates. If there are items we haven’t used in a while chances are we won’t be using them in the near future. I have a box for expired items and another box for items to donate to the local food shelf.Food Shelf donations

Some of the pantry items that I have for longer-term storage such as wheat berries will probably be given away. The cost of our move will be based on the weight plus the distance we are moving. Since we are planning to move from the east coast to the west coast it will be an expensive move and we need to eliminate as much weight as possible.wheat berries

Normally I would be preserving the harvest from our garden. This year will be a different year for me as there is no point in stocking jars of canned goods and then having to move them. Instead we will enjoy the fresh vegetables out of the garden, share some with our neighbors and hold a few yard sales to sell some of the many canning jars I have.canning jars

Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With some planning and strategic eating we should be able to downsize our pantry, pack up what’s left and move across country where I will then start a new pantry!

12 comments on “How To Move a Well-Stocked Pantry

Yankee Burrow on May 9, 2016 5:09 pm

we’re planning an upcoming move ourselves, and de-cluttering is a nightmare. lol “luckily” I didn’t do any canning last summer because of craft shows, and this summer we are only putting in 4 tomato plants and some pumpkins. good luck on your move.

Nancy Wolff on May 9, 2016 7:39 pm

Good luck with your move as well! It sure is challenging!

Natalie on May 9, 2016 10:50 pm

We recently moved across the country too. Our pantry wasn’t as well stocked as yours (we’d only been in our house a short time) but planning definitely helps. Our friends and neighbours had a lot of goodies from us hehe. Good luck with your move! 🙂

Nancy Wolff on May 10, 2016 12:26 am

Thank you Natalie! I hope we get an offer on our house one of these days!

Kate St.Cyr on May 12, 2016 11:09 am

I am closing on a new house next month but luckily it’s only 25 minutes from where I live now so I don’t have to go through this. I have 70 quarts of various tomatoes and 15 applesauce not to mention every size pot imaginable for canning. I would die if I had to give away or sell my canning supplies! Best of luck on your move!

Nancy Wolff on May 13, 2016 11:43 am

Our last move was less than a mile! The move before that we moved ourselves from Florida to Vermont and everything fit in the rental truck, I think we would now need at least two trucks, lol. I have jars of applesauce and tomato sauce and jams…

Bobbie on May 12, 2016 11:31 pm

We moved about a year ago and I found myself in your same situation. However, I didn’t de-clutter a thing. I knew for about a year (before) we put our house on the market that we were going to move, so I started using our pantry. I still have boxes and boxes of canned goods to move, but was so happy I did. Once we finally got everything moved, it was a delight not having to worry about dinner or daily means. I just used my pantry items. Fast forward one year now – Ugh, my pantry is empty, we are trying to set-up a healthy garden in pure, hard, ugly clay. I don’t know if we will be successful or not, but I’m trying awfully hard to make it happen. I can’t imagine having to go to the grocery for produce! Yikes!!
My point being: Save back some of your pantry to use when you arrive at your new location. You will be happy you did. If you have to, put your canned goods in your vehicle and the light stuff in the moving van. With today’s prices, I think you’d come out ahead even if you had to use the van to move your canned goods. I’m sitting here cringing for you about having to let go of your canning jars. OMGoodness …. these are my prized positions! Take anything but my jars and canners!! LOL
Best of luck to you – hope it all works out for the best.
Any idea when you’ll be putting the house on the market?

Nancy Wolff on May 13, 2016 11:42 am

Our house is actually on the market but real estate is moving very SLOWLY here in Vermont and we haven’t had one person come look. So I’ve started to plant my garden and we’ll see it may take a while before the house sells. Good advice with the pantry! And I am moving my canners and pots I use for canning and the majority of my jars. My problem is I don’t only have my collection of canning equipment but my mother passed on everything that she used to me! Too many deaths lately and we’ve inherited too much stuff so I’m working on decluttering as much as I can! It will be hard to leave my garden which after 16years is just about perfect, soil wise but we really want to be near out grandkids! (and kids)

Bobbie on May 15, 2016 8:01 am

You are so right about having to leave your garden. Us too …. 23 years of building up the soil and creating a beautiful space. This poor property (farm) has been neglected for over 7 years. The huge garden area (109-feet-long x 54-feet-wide) was originally designed by the homesteaders to hold prized bulls. The next family who moved in used the area as their garden and according to the 93 year old neighbor, she had turned the area into a lovely vegetable garden every year! Of course for the last 7+ years, the last family totally neglected and ruined the garden soil. When we moved here, this garden space was FULL of bed mattresses, metal bed frames and springs, broken glass, tons (and I’m not over-stating this by any means) of rocks (all sizes) AND they used it as a burn pile. Oh my word……..this being my first year here is turning into a huge challenge. But I’m not giving up! I’ll be grateful for whatever grows this season, amend the soil each year, and keep moving forward. I hope I can keep my sanity through this new adventure.

We went through the same thing (no one calling or scheduling to view our house). Be patient – they will come (usually when you don’t want them to). Planting the vegetable garden is an added bonus when selling your property. Also, make sure your Realtor has put up plenty of pictures of your house, gardens, every room, etc. There is no limit as to how many pictures you can place on the MLS listings. When your garden starts growing, have your Realtor come and take pictures of your garden area OR, better yet, you take some awesome pictures of your place and email them to your Realtor and request that the new pictures be added to your other pictures. I did this and even added what the picture was by adding words to each picture (example: Our shop area – I not only took a picture of the shop area, but added the size of the shop and the size of the roll-up door (we had a roll-up door that was big enough to allow a big, tall 5th wheel to enter easily). Check out your pictures in your listings that your Realtor took and see if you can improve on them. If so, take some new pictures and send these as well. Different views – I even went so far as to take a full view from the back lawn facing the back of the house showing the enclosed patio area. I staged the patio with new cushions on the chairs, put fresh pots of blooming flowers, etc. This made the patio look very inviting and comfortable. I did the same thing with the front porch – Add some nice (large) pots with blooming flowers in them (you can always leave these or give them to neighbors or good friends if you don’t want to move them). Once I started adding more pictures and sending them to our Realtor, we started getting phone calls, visits and offers. We didn’t take the first offer (too low) even though we felt a little desperate (don’t fall for that). Be steadfast, keep your place as clean and well-manicured as possible, add more pictures, etc. I also told our Realtor that interested parties were welcome to call us personally to set up an appointment or ask questions. He was VERY HAPPY to hear this news. I think with all these little extra things I did, sold our home. We sold it within a week after posting new, updated pictures (ADDED to the existing pictures) and started taking phone calls. We left the property when people were scheduled to visit so they felt comfortable browsing the house.
I sure wish I lived near you — I’d be knocking down your door to buy some of your canning supplies! I’m sure my sweet husband wouldn’t be very thrilled though. Tee-Hee!
Keep your chin up – you have a lovely home and it will sell eventually. As far as the market being slow — ours was dead in the water slow, but there are thousands of people out there looking for homes for all kinds of reasons — so don’t allow your Realtor to talk you into a price that you aren’t comfortable with (ours tried to pull this and we simply said No, we don’t accept). When the 5th offer came to us, the offer was too low and our Realtor told their Realtor that we had already turned down an offer at their price. This family was very interested. Our Realtor told their Realtor that his clients need to raise the offer to the highest they could because he had another offer coming to the table (that was a true statement). They almost met our asking price (lacked $1,000) and paid CASH! Our problem was the sale moved too quickly and we had to scramble to find our new home.
You’ll sell – stay positive – keep your house as clean as possible inside and out at all times – you never know when you’ll have a showing. The people that bought our property came on a Sunday (I tried to turn them down, but they were persistent – glad I caved in and changed our plans for that day).

Nancy Wolff on May 15, 2016 8:22 pm

I so appreciate you taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment! You made my day!

April J Harris on May 14, 2016 3:52 pm

These are great tips, Nancy. I’ve pinned this post as I’m sure it will be really helpful for those considering a move – or even re-doing their kitchens! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

Nancy Wolff on May 15, 2016 8:24 pm

Always love visiting your Hearth and Soul Hop April!

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