The Heart of the Home
The kitchen is where I spend most of my day. I cook at least one meal a day, every day. Sometimes, I cook 3 meals a day. My son does his homeschool classes at our table. The kitchen really is the heart of our home because it is where my family tends to gather on a daily basis. I mean, we all need to eat, right?
So how do you pack your kitchen to prepare for a move? Should it be the last room you pack? How can you cook if your pots and pans are in boxes? Do you pull an all-nighter about 2 days before the moving truck is scheduled so you know it will all be packed and ready to go?
Waiting until the last minute to pack this room is a big mistake. Since it is one of the rooms you most likely use the most, it will be the room you want to completely set up as quickly as possible in your new home. After being able to sleep, shower, and get dressed in your new place, the next priority is going to be able to eat there. How you pack the kitchen is going to have an incredible impact on how quickly you are able to unpack it. So let’s get to exactly how you manage selling your home and moving all while still being able to eat nutritious, delicious meals. ….Cause, you gotta eat!
I figured I could make the food because pasta only takes a few minutes. Then, I’d pack it up, clean the kitchen, and have plenty of time to leave so the house would be empty for the showing. Well, the potential buyers showed up with their agent at 6:15pm. I had just drained the pasta. I needed to ask them to wait outside while my husband and I quickly packed up, washed the pot, and left. We managed to do it in 5 minutes, but it still left them with 5 minutes to stand outside inconvenienced. Plus, the house smelled like fresh cooked food, which is not appealing to buyers. Needless to say, those buyers did not make an offer.
So what’s the solution when it comes to keeping your home ready for showings and being able to eat? First, start cooking through all of the food in your pantry about 6-8 weeks before showing your home. Shop from your pantry, freezer, and fridge first before buying more food. Just like packing up your seasonal clothing and accessories so your closets look larger, you’ll want to use the food you have on hand so your pantry area is less full.
Second, start buying less food at the supermarket. You want to keep only the foods you will consume in the next few weeks in the house. If you like to cook regularly, make meals you can freeze to use when you are showing your home. If you are not a fan of cooking, start to plan where you can buy healthy meals. Selling your home is stressful, especially when you are showing it. Eating junk food and fast food is not going to keep you feeling your best. Find restaurants and supermarkets with prepared food bars where you can make healthy, delicious food choices within your budget.
Remember, microwaving your meal still leaves a smell in the house. Be sure to leave enough time for food odors to dissipate before potential buyers walk in the door.
The true beauty of this system is that it allows you to unpack these last boxes first when you get the keys to your new home. You’ll have everything you need to set up an interim kitchen immediately and start enjoying quick meals at home. Being able to tear open a bag of salad, warm a bowl of soup, or make a hearty sandwich in your peaceful, new home and enjoy them with real dishes and silverware is pure bliss after all of the hard work it takes to sell and move.
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