After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Regardless of how many cartons you plead, borrow, find, order, or scrounge for your important move, it never ever seems like enough. However by the time you unpack everything and make your new location look and feel like home, you have too many boxes on your hands (and your floor surfaces and also on your driveway) to handle.

Saving our planet by keeping all those cartons away from the garbage dump is advisable for everybody. But beyond good intentions, exactly what helpful and positive uses do your cardboard moving cartons provide? Being a professional moving company in San Antonio, we see a great deal of boxes every year and have a number of thoughts about what you can do with yours soon after your move has ended.

You have arrived, now say farewell: 8 better uses of your moving cartons


Numerous substantial towns and cities supply recycling programs, in which cardboard as well as other recyclable components are picked up at your house once every week. Some smaller towns have a recycling site, where citizens bring the materials to be broken down, refined and converted for different uses. Check with your new location's town hall for their recycling program, pick up times, and policies on carton preparation (a lot of programs request that cartons are flattened, and any metal clips and wires taken off) and what materials can and cannot be disposed. Or, quite a few moving companies offer carton recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in San Antonio, in addition.

Nest, pile, and store

If your work means you move quite a bit, you could consider retaining at least some of the cartons for your next move. Paying for boxes time and time again is not as cost-effective as saving them. In the event you send holiday presents to faraway friends and relatives, the sturdy moving box is ideal for transporting your gifts securely.

Sell or give them away

If you have an acquaintance who is moving, offer a few boxes. It may protect you from receiving that call that begins, "Hello, we're moving, and we might need some assistance moving the living room pieces of furniture. Would you possibly..." Given that you've supplied the receptacles; your work here is already completed. No buddies heading out of town? Some nonprofits are regularly in need of cartons for their inbound and outbound donations and storage.

Make a deal, encounter new folks

Someone within your new community is moving somewhere, and they will need boxes. You have just moved in, and there's at least a dozen items you know you will need. Post on the area's local Freecycle internet site, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Complete the deal safely: meet responsibly in a open public location any time exchanging objects and/or cash, and everyone goes home content.

Cover up as you work around the new home

If you are planning to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, remove molding, hang a light fixture or perform virtually any messy work in your new abode, cut up moving boxes are perfect for protecting your flooring, furnishings as well as other areas you wish to keep clean.

Keep a carton or two for the children

Kids' imaginations are usually limitless with regards to cartons. They may really like their cell phones, video games, and computers, but the majority have not lost the ordinary satisfaction present in creating box forts, race cars, spaceships, as well as other "super" buildings from cardboard. Hand over some markers as well as scissors in addition to the boxes, and it's impressive the amount of entertainment a few cartons still provide.

Cartons make great pet beds

For cats and dogs, you need to line the carton with non-toxic bedding and cover the sides of the carton, so the pet will likely not chew on the cardboard. It's actually a straightforward, safe pet bed that still contains the scent of your previous residence while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new house.

Good gardening with cardboard

Due to the fact cardboard creates good compost, it's the ideal substance to commence the garden you've always wanted. Combined with water and also other compostable elements, including dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peels, as well as grass clippings, it gives nutrients for your plantings whilst holding moisture in the soil. And in case the green thumb you may have is caused by anything other than a passion of working outdoors, you could donate your cardboard boxes to the local garden store or composting site.


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