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Disposing of moving boxes after a move

An open, empty cardboard moving box

As cardboard moving boxes are piling up, try to think of some efficient ways to dispose of them once the move is completed

Having completed the hardest part of the move, you will find yourself among dozens of moving boxes and packing leftovers. While organizing a household move is a challenging endeavor, arranging your new place may seem like a breeze. You will most definitely end up surrounded by a lot of moving boxes you will need to dispose of eventually.

Due to lack of space you won’t be able to keep all moving boxes and containers for the next move. Probably the first idea that crosses your mind is to throw used moving boxes away. But, have you ever considered extending your boxes’ lifespan? Instead of tossing them, try to familiarize yourself with other eco-friendly manners. Hopefully the following suggestions will help you get a better understanding of the impact of your move on the environment. The main idea is to treat the environment carefully and to relieve negative effects of the household relocation.

Although settling into a new routine takes time, you are probably sick and tired of the mess generated by a tiresome unpacking process. If you’ve moved with a full service moving company, you don’t have to worry about unpacking and disposing of the leftovers. Full service moving packages are designed to save you from headaches during and after the move. If getting this kind of services fits into your budget, do not hesitate to ask for several moving quotes from different companies. Not only will they take care of every stage of the move, but also they will remove the mass of empty moving boxes.

Making the most of used moving boxes

It’s no secret that moving boxes can be obtained for free at the local retail stores, liquor stores, bars, restaurants. Also, chances are that you’ve been organizing a last-minute move and you didn’t have time to look for free moving boxes. In that case, purchasing or renting sturdy cardboard boxes would be the right thing to do.

Turn used moving boxes into storage containers

Use cardboard boxes as storage containers. Your storage organization doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Instead of investing in expensive storage containers take advantage of empty moving boxes. Turn durable cardboard boxes into a practical storage solution. Build an efficient storage system that can accommodate the household items you don’t need at the moment. However, bear in mind that cardboard boxes are more susceptible to climatic changes, heat and humidity. If you are choosing a long-term storage, you should know that there are certain issues involved. Invest in high-quality plastic containers to safeguard your belongings while in storage. You don’t want your precious items damaged by moisture, mildew and mold. Opt for climate-controlled storage unit so as to keep your cardboard boxes in good condition.

How to recycle used cardboard moving boxes

A picture of a man throwing cardboad boxes leftovers into recycling bin designed on a crumpled paper

When trying to dispose of used cardboard boxes and packing supplies you should know exactly which materials can be recycled

An environmental consideration when moving is also important.

Since most of the cardboard boxes are biodegradable and made from re-used materials, by using them you will perform an eco-friendly move.

Take damaged or stained cardboard moving boxes to the nearest recycling center or recycling bins. Familiarize yourself with the most important recycling regulations and possible additional requirements. Inspect your new area before moving day and try to find more information about local recycling programs online. Flatten all cardboard boxes and take them to the nearest recycling bin.

Pass cardboard boxes on or sell them

Advertise your moving boxes for sale. Also, if you are giving away free boxes, use BoxCycle, Craigslist or U-Haul to list empty moving boxes and post ads about the moving supplies. Whether you want to sell, purchase or donate moving and packing supplies, there are affordable (or free of charge) ways to do so. After all, a few extra bucks won’t hurt, given all the expenses you’ve been facing through the household move.

Give them away to charities or friends/relatives who are moving soon

Anyone who’s preparing for a household move or placing items in storage may be interested in getting free moving boxes. Ask your friends, relatives and acquaintances if they need extra boxes in good condition for the upcoming move. As it turns out, passing the boxes on to friends, businesses or charities would be the easiest thing to do. Spread a word on the social networks that you are offering free moving supplies.

Save the boxes for future usage

If you are certain that you will be moving soon again and you don’t want to go through the box collecting process once again, keep them for the next moving undertaking. Provided that you have enough space to store them, you will thank yourself when you start packing for the next move. Instead of looking for moving boxes and supplies, you can tackle other important moving issues thanks to this time-efficient strategy.

What to do with packing paper and bubble wrap after moving?

A layer of bubble wrap, scissors, tape will be used to provide protection to the items packed in the cardboard moving boxes

A massive amount of bubble wrap left after the move can be put to good use with a little imagination and resourcefulness

Unlike moving boxes, packing paper and bubble wrap won’t take up much space in your attic or garage. While packing paper, bubble wrap and newsprint can be recycled, styrofoam peanuts are not biodegradable. Maybe you can make a deal with a local business interested in reusing leftovers of styrofoam peanuts. Furthermore, it can cause health hazards, so dispose of it as soon as you unpack, especially if you have children or pets. When it comes to bubble wrap, there are ways you can reuse it as an entertainment material. Make arts and crafts for your kids from the bubble wrap leftovers so as to keep your kids busy while unpacking and settling into a new home.

While you may think that packing supplies and leftovers and cluttering up your new place and want them disappear as soon as possible, they can actually be put to good use. Hopefully our suggestions will help you manage your post-move activities without major headaches.