After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Irrespective of how many boxes you beg, are lent, come across, buy, or scrounge for your big move, it never feels like ample. However by the point you unpack the whole thing and make your new location look and feel like home, you might have far too many boxes on your hands (and your floor surfaces as well as on your driveway) to deal with.

Saving our planet by keeping those boxes from the dump is a good idea for everyone. But beyond good wishes, exactly what practical and good uses do your cardboard moving boxes provide? Being a professional moving company in El Paso, we look at lots of boxes annually and have a few suggestions on what to do with yours when your move has ended.

You have arrived, now say so long: 8 better uses for your moving boxes


Many substantial cities supply recycling programs, in which cardboard as well as other recyclable products are picked up curbside once every week. Some smaller towns have a recycling center, where citizens bring the materials to be broken down, prepared and converted for various other uses. Consult your new location's town hall for their recycling program, pick up days, and policies on carton preparation (most programs ask that boxes are flattened, as well as metal clips and wires gotten rid of) and what items may and may not be thrown away. As well as, some moving companies offer box recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in El Paso, as well.

Nest, stack, and store

If your job means you transfer a lot, you might contemplate keeping a minimum of a handful of the boxes for your next move. Paying for cartons again and again isn't as cost-effective as saving them. In the event you send holiday presents to faraway relatives and friends, the durable moving box is great for sending your gifts securely.

Sell or give them away

If you've got a buddy who may be moving, give a few boxes. It might protect you from receiving that call which starts, "Hey there, we are moving, and we require some assistance moving the family room household furniture. Can you perhaps..." Because you have offered the boxes; your work here is now done. No pals heading out of town? Many nonprofits are frequently looking for cartons for their inbound and outbound donations and also storage.

Make a trade, encounter new folks

Someone within your new town is relocating someplace, and they would need boxes. You have just moved in, and there's at the very least a dozen items you realize you'll need. Post on the area's community Freecycle site, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Perform the deal safely: meet properly in a open public spot whenever exchanging objects and/or funds, and everybody will go home satisfied.

Cover up as you work around the new residence

If you intend to paint, hang wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, do away with molding, hang a light fixture or conduct any type of untidy work in your new residence, cut up moving boxes are perfect for protecting your floors, home furniture as well as other areas you would like to keep clean.

Keep a box or two for the kids

Kids' imaginations are generally unlimited in terms of cartons. They could love their cell phones, video games, and computers, but the majority have not lost the simple satisfaction within creating box forts, race cars, spaceships, as well as other "super" buildings from cardboard. Hand over some markers as well as scissors along with the boxes, and it's really remarkable just how much excitement a couple of boxes still offer.

Cartons make good pet beds

For dogs and cats, you should line the box with non-toxic bedding and cover the edges of the box, so the family pet will not chew on the cardboard. It is a simple, safe pet bed which still carries the scent of your previous home while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new residence.

Good gardening using cardboard

Due to the fact cardboard makes great compost, it's the ideal material to start the garden you have always dreamed of. Mixed with water and other compostable substances, like dead leaves, hay, straw, vegetable and fruit peels, and grass clippings, it gives nutrients for your plantings whilst retaining moisture inside the soil. And if the green thumb you might have is triggered by anything apart from a love of working outdoors, you can always donate your cardboard boxes to the neighborhood garden shop or composting center.


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