Moving Green--Yes, You Can Do it
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
For many of us, we discover the most horrifying aspect of ourselves over a move--that we have been secret hoarders. Most of us preserve literal junk in the house, and face it, nobody really understands exactly why. Home organization professionals advise seasonally going through your home--after the holidays, recycle or give away the decorations and gift wrapping materials which never left the boxes. Similarly, following your child's sports activity season, give outgrown equipment to a person with younger children who might utilize the items in the upcoming season. After a few rounds of this it is second nature and you will have much less to move when the time comes.
Use Everything You Have, or Might Get Free
Of course, you can invest a small fortune in wrapping as well as packing products. As an alternative, how about utilize what you have currently got? Here are techniques for reusing what's lying throughout your house.
· Newspapers can be used for wrapping. Start saving papers and have your friends and neighbors to do the same. If there is ink remains whenever you unpack, merely clean the item, which you were going to do anyway, subsequently recycle the newspaper.
· Ratty t-shirts, old towels, and linens make wonderful padding for lots of items--small appliances, shoes or boots, toys, and non-fragile doodads. You can use them whole or split them into strips for smaller belongings.
· Ditch purchasing moving boxes and head for the liquor store--for their used cases. Depending on the state you are in, they may be either free or cost only pennies each. These packing containers come in a huge variety of sizes and are often reinforced (full bottles tend to be heavy) and tend to be perfect for oddly-shaped and weighty things. Many can be recycled when you are done.
· Glance around your home with an attention for packing and you will find plenty of packable things--not just tote bags and coolers. Such as, wrap your utensils inside a piece of used t-shirt and place it in your roasting pan. Put on the cover and you've packed the silverware and never have to utilize newsprint, a carton, or tape.
Instead of get plastic wrap for things like beds and furniture, make use of natural material. Used flannel bed sheets can protect pieces of furniture as well as plastic material (presuming it's not precipitating on moving day), and you may buy yards and yards of plain muslin for about a dollar a yard at most big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at least five feet wide. Wrap beds in the muslin and then tape the ends together. A material drop cloth functions as effectively as muslin for pieces of furniture. You can also rent padded blankets from your local moving company in El Paso for important furniture pieces.
Rent Your Moving Cartons
Sure, you can rent moving cartons. These are typically durable, multi-use, plastic material totes which will come right to your door, and you send them back after you are unpacked. Talk with your moving company in El Paso to find out if they rent totes.
Sell or Give Away Last Minute Leftovers
Even with thorough purging, you will find things that you just wouldn't like to move. Sell or donate those items. Most non-profits should pick up whatever you're donating, and you will find tons of websites for online selling--from traditional eBay to neighborhood-specific websites.
Beyond the suggestions above, employing an eco conscience moving company in El Paso is important. Thus, you shouldn't be shy regarding asking professional movers what they're doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
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