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!


Why does knowing your mover matter? Peace of mind only scratches the surface of why it does.

There’s a lot riding on the moving company – and the people – that you choose to do the job.

Making the wrong decision can be expensive in many ways, but how can you make the right decision? How can you know who to trust in Portland, and who to avoid?

Five things have put Rose City at the head of the class. Consider these qualities before entrusting any moving company in the Portland Metropolitan Area with your home or office.

33 Years of Experience tells you that we aren’t newcomers to the residential and office moving business. Because Rose City has been doing it right since 1979, we’re the office mover of choice in Portland and have earned the trust of more and more residential customers every year.

188,000 square foot warehouse (located in the heart of Portland) reflects our scale, capacity, and readiness for every job, large and small, residential and office moves from tiny to major corporate headquarters. Rose City Moving and Storage really does do it all.

A Staff of Full-time Professionals are trained, experienced and dedicated moving consultants and that our staff averages over ten years with the company is a matter of great pride. They’ve found a professional home with Rose City, embracing a team-oriented culture second to none in the moving industry.

The Right Equipment and Moving Supplies enable our customers to count on Rose City’s readiness to get the job done right and on time and without surprises. From a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles of every imaginable size, to green moving boxes, to the jacks, lifts and other tools of the trade, we’ve got it all.

Our A+ BBB Rating with an unblemished record says a lot about Rose City’s commitment to customer satisfaction. Doing it right for 33 years has its rewards! We are the best mover in the Portland, Tigard, Beaverton, Vancouver and more. Don’t choose the wrong mover.

Call, email or stop in for a free consultation – we look forward to seeing you!

PS…A customer sent us a photo of a “competitor” and they were happy to know that we were there to support them and they had chosen the right mover in Portland.

Know your mover


Regardless of the business, there is something that the majority of companies have in common, and it’s not a good thing. They suffer from the same malady.

Employee turnover: A revolving door spinning out of control and never stopping.

The simple truth is that employee turnover puts tremendous pressure on any company to maintain consistent, effective and efficient service, instead leaving customers to wonder why they always seem to be dealing with someone new.

And it gets worse. Customers can’t help but begin asking themselves about the reason behind so many employees coming and going and so few employees choosing to stay.

This is important because every business is ultimately a reflection of their employees.

Because of this, it comes as no surprise that nearly everyone can agree on two important things.

First, businesses with ongoing turnover almost always have other problems and issues.

And second, employee turnover forces businesses into a crisis mentality, and this comes at a big price: Priority One becomes hiding it from customers instead of serving customers.

We understandably take great pride in the fact that this is a problem we don’t have at Rose City Moving and Storage.

Our employees average over ten years of service with the company.

In fact, many employees came to Rose City with industry experience elsewhere, and embracing the way we do business, found professional homes.

It’s easy to explain.

At Rose City Moving and Storage, we never forget that at the heart of a great company are great people; professional, experienced and dedicated to doing the job right by putting customers first.