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My Plans for a Zero Waste Move - Ashli Cooper - ClassyAshli


Moving. The thing I always dread, but this time, for completely different reasons.

I’m 24 years old, and I’ve moved 10 times already. Average that out, and it comes to about one move every 2 and a half years.

I’d like to take this moment to brag about how I’ve learned to make this process extremely efficient, easy, and seamless, but I can’t because I haven’t managed to do any of those things.

I hate moving, I’m the worst at it, and I always push it ’till the last minute.

And what’s worse? I’m extremely nitpicky about organizing and categorizing things.

The contradiction lies in the fact that currently none of my stuff is organized or in a proper place. I’ve invested $0.00 in real storage so everything is kind of just grouped together with like items.

On top of that, this time I’m planning to move out (when I get a new job in the new city *fingers crossed*). For good. This means that I have to go through our shared kitchen to figure out what all is mine.

And since we only planned to live here for a short time, we have boxes upon boxes of stuff to go through in the garage that were never unpacked, and to be completely honest, I’m not even sure what’s in them.

Pair all of this with wanting to move sans waste, and what we have here ladies and gentlemen, is a headache.

I’m not really sure how the whole move will actually play out, but here are my plans.


Before I even pack a single box I’m going to declutter.

If you want to see how I’m going about that zero waste style, you can check out two of my previous posts. In one, I go over how I decided what I want to keep, and in the other, I tell you how to get rid of the stuff you don’t want without creating waste.

For me, decluttering is a very important first step. Reason being is because before I started my zero waste journey, I would buy stuff “just because” and with no long-term purpose.

Now that I’m moving out for real this time, I’m doing it with intent. I have a vision for what I want my life and home to feel and look like, so believe me when I say that a bunch of “just because” stuff is not a part of that vision.


I’m really not looking forward to this, but it’s time to eat down our food.

Our pantry is STUFFED, but with a bunch of useless stuff. We have I have bags and bags of a million different kinds of flours and the most random ingredients that I needed for Pinterest recipes.

Damn you, Pinterest.

I should have planned for this earlier than a month-ish before needing to move, but alas, here we are.

The good thing is that pretty much all of it can be taken with me, so I’m not too worried about that. It’s what’s in the freezer that makes me want to slam my head into a brick wall.

I will not lie and tell you that I don’t want to throw it all away and pretend it never existed, because that’s exactly what I want to do, I just won’t.

I won’t do that, because I’m trying not to be an environmental @$$hole, so I will suck it up and find meals for my freezer’s contents.


This one I’m not too worried about. I feel like there’s a possibility I’ll be retracting that statement during the packing process, but as of now, I feel pretty good about this one.

…Because I have a plan.

A plan that does not involve wrapping my flatware in my treasured plaid flannel button down. No, I refuse to use my clothing to wrap dishes.

I take really great care of my clothes, and since I’ve already KonMaried them, I am extremely happy with every single item in my closet. The sheer thought of my clothing being stretched and scrunched in a million directions just to cover glass makes me want to lose my lunch.

So, here’s the plan.

I’m moving only three hours away from Houston to San Antonio, which means I’m taking my car, which happens to be a Jeep Liberty, which means I have a good amount of trunk and floor space.

What I don’t have much of is seat space, because a very important thing of mine cannot be tossed in the back of a u-haul. It’s my dog. She gets the whole back seat to herself. 

The goal is to pack my glass in shallow boxes and put them in my car. This way, they can bypass a bumpy and shaky box truck and hopefully endure the trip in one piece.

If I come across any items that are particularly concerning, I have a few old sheets and towels that can add some cushion.


The last thing I need to address are the containers that will safely get my things from point A to B.

Before when we would move, we would scrape together a few used boxes, and we’d buy the rest. Not this time.

At first, I was looking into renting those reusable moving crates that companies are offering now. Then I thought about how I could save some coin and use what’s already available to me.

At my job, we get a lot of product shipped in large boxes. I’ve told everyone to save them for me, so I can use them when I move. Whenever I come in for my shift I take them home and store them in my garage.

This is nice because I’ve been able to accumulate a crap ton of moving boxes without having to buy any new.

So those are my plans for a zero waste move. I’d love it if you have any suggestions to leave a comment and help a sista out! I can use all the tips you have!


As if moving isn't hard enough as it is! Here's are my plans to create as little waste as possible while moving to a new place.