Decluttering Your Kitchen

The kitchen can be the most daunting room to pack. There are tons of dishes, silverware, things you haven’t used in years, not to mention the food! Moving is THE time to declutter so arm yourself with these tips and get started!

First Thing’s First
Get started early! A hastily packed kitchen is a recipe for broken dishes and spilled sauces, so plan well in advance of your move. Now is the time to be bold! Be strong! Be discerning! Cabinet by cabinet, drawer by drawer, follow these tips and you could have a minimized, organized and ready-to-pack kitchen in no time!

  • Say NO! to Expired Stuff! – Check the dates on all food items, if it’s old, toss it in the trash. No excuses!
  • Stuff You Haven’t Used In Months – Maybe you bought that fish sauce for some stir fry months ago and just haven’t had the nerve to use it again, so now’s the time to say goodbye! If it’s not a regular part of your repertoire, let it go!
  • Stuff You Haven’t Opened – If you don’t see yourself using it in the next 3 months, consider giving it to a neighbor or food bank who might! Food should never go to waste, be real with yourself and give someone else a chance to eat it!
  • Sentimental Stuff – That shot glass from Cancun, that wine glass from cousin Jenny’s wedding 18 years ago, if you aren’t actively using it, maybe a photo for the memory will do (better to use space on your phone than space in your cabinet!)
  • Chipped Dishes – Sure that plate you dropped in the sink a few months ago is still mostly good, but chipped dishes are a ticking time bomb for cracks and breakage – the time is now! Let it go and replace that thing!
  • Dish Towel Check – Dish towels, they go through a lot! Use them for packing glassware, but afterwards maybe it’s time to relegate them to the garage and get new ones! New Home New Towels!
  • Cookbooks – We’ve all probably got a couple cookbooks we love that one recipe from, but that’s about it. Take a photo of that recipe and gift that book to someone you know will use it!
  • Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets – Remember last summer when you were all about homemade ice cream cones? Yeah, that was fun, but if you made so many you can never look at one again, gift that waffle cone maker to someone else!


Yes, it can, and it’s easier than you think.

At Rose City Moving and Storage, we take great pride in conducting business in the most environmentally responsible way possible. From an inventory of more than 2700 Green moving boxes made of recycled materials, to our fleet of vehicles selected and maintained to deliver efficient performance, it’s the right thing to do.

Whether it’s time to move your home or office, there are easy steps you can take to make your move eco-friendly!

 How you pack can really make a huge difference. Pack tightly. You’ll conserve space and use fewer boxes. This is especially important in residential moves where cardboard still rules the day, so you’ll minimize waste.

 Better still, our Green moving crates are a great option as they’re used over and over.

 Boxes can be packed with biodegradable materials, to further reduce your carbon footprint, and many people use pillows and towels.

 Select a vehicle that is large enough to accommodate your needs but not too large. Our fleet includes vehicles for all sizes.

 Think twice about what you’re going to get rid of. Move what you need but don’t just toss-out what you don’t. Donate, have a garage sale, offer items you no longer need or have room for free on services like Craigslist, you’ll get smaller without adding waste.

 This can even include food that you aren’t moving. What you don’t take is needed – and will be welcomed – at shelters, soup kitchens or give it to friends and family.

 Don’t forget to plan ahead and cancel your utilities and garbage services, to minimize the impact of your departure to your new home or office.

 This includes notifying the Post Office, and eliminating the likelihood of subscriptions and junk mail dead-ending and piling up at your old address.

 Clean your home before you move and it will be less likely that a service using harsh chemicals will be needed to get it ready after you’ve moved to your new home.

These are all small things to be sure, but when it comes to Going Green, it’s the little things that will make a big difference.