After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Conserving our planet by keeping those boxes from the landfill is advisable for everyone. But over and above good wishes, what practical and positive uses do your cardboard moving boxes provide? Being a professional moving company in San Antonio, we use lots of boxes annually and have a handful of ideas on what to do with yours when your move has ended.
You have arrived, now say farewell: 8 better uses of 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 communities have a recycling location, where individuals bring the materials to be broken down, prepared and converted for various other uses. Check with 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. Or, some moving companies offer box recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in San Antonio, as well.
Nest, stack, and store
If your work means you move a lot, you might contemplate keeping at least 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 sturdy moving box is great for sending your gifts securely.
Sell or give them away
If you have a buddy who may be moving, give a handful of boxes. It might protect you from receiving that call which starts, "Hey there, we are moving, and we require some assistance moving the living room household furniture. Can you perhaps..." Because you have offered the receptacles; your work here is now completed. No pals heading out of town? A lot of nonprofits are frequently trying to find 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 will 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. Do the deal safely: meet properly in a open public spot if trading 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 kind of messy work in your new residence, cut up moving boxes are perfect for overlaying your floor surfaces, home furniture as well as other areas you want 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 haven't lost the simple satisfaction within creating box forts, race cars, spaceships, as well as other "super" structures from cardboard. Give some markers as well as scissors together with the boxes, and it's really remarkable just how much fun a couple of boxes still offer.
Cartons make great 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 won't chew on the cardboard. It's a straightforward, 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
Because cardboard creates great compost, it's the ideal substance to start the garden you have always dreamed of. Mixed with water as well as 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 when the green thumb you might have is triggered by anything apart from an affection of working outdoors, you can always donate your cardboard boxes to the neighborhood garden shop or composting center.
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