How To Reduce Waste When PCSing

Hi! Happy Friday!

We’re a month out from leaving Arizona and starting our next journey across the country. Some of our friends have already had their stuff packed up and moved, one in particular I helped with a few weeks ago. It made me think about all we should do to prepare before TMO (Transportation Management Office) arrives.

TMO is probably the greatest thing ever. Once you receive your orders, you schedule the time you want to move, they come and pack up all of your stuff, and then they move everything for you. They can also hold your stuff for up to 90 days which is nice when you can’t move into your new home immediately. We could just leave the house the way it is right now and let them pack everything up and then unpack it in South Carolina. However, someone said to me recently, “I wish I had to move every couple of years like you do. It would force me to get rid of so much junk that I have.” and it is SO TRUE! I think about unpacking everything at the new house and I know I will not want to be unpacking junk. Who in the heck wants to do that?

Before long I started noticing all of the things we could do to make the moving and unpacking process easier and most importantly, less wasteful. This list has helped us drastically and I hope it can do the same for you!

1. Take a look in your pantry and freezer. Evaluate what you have in there and come up with meals for the next few weeks until you use everything up. This might require some creativity but it will certainly save you from having to get rid of tons of food when you move. TMO will not pack and ship any liquids! We have a lot of ingredients in bulk so we’ve had to get extremely creative the last few weeks (breakfast for dinner, oats, flax, chia, cranberry, honey “breakfast cups”, homemade pizza dough with cheddar cheese, to name a few). The only thing we plan on taking with us is a box of spices. Hopefully we reach the point where we have literally nothing left in the pantry/fridge in a couple of weeks. If that’s the case, we’ll most likely buy what we need per day for very, very simple meals.

2. Drink up! Like I said, TMO won’t take any liquids so have some friends over and enjoy a few drinks together to get rid of any alcohol/drinks you have stashed in the cabinets.

3. Start going through your closet. Create a keep, donate, and sell pile. Poshmark is a great way to sell your used items. If you don’t want to deal with selling anything, donating is always a great thing. This process can be a pain but it is so worth it. A very simple but fairly extreme approach: If you haven’t used it in the past 90 days or don’t plan on using in the next 90 days, get rid of it.

4. Burn all of your candles! Half burned candle is pretty pointless to move…

5. DO NOT buy any food, condiments, soaps, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper towels, shampoo, etc. unless it’s completely necessary! If you do need to buy something, only buy it in the quantity you’ll need (i.e. don’t buy the Costco package of toilet paper). Also, use up that hotel mouthwash stashed under your bathroom sink. We all know you’ve had that bottle for years.

6. Donate any books you don’t need or want anymore.

That’s what I’ve been able to come up with for now. I hope it helps avoid waste and stress during the moving process. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

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