Moving Green--Yes, You Can Do it

Packing for a moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Even the most ardent recycler is faced with mountains of packing materials when you are moving to San Antonio--there's so much stuff it will take to move your belongings. If you're appalled with the volume of wasted components it requires to get the family to a new home, here are some tips on how to decrease your moving footprint.

Periodic Purging

For many, we learn the most scary thing about ourselves during the move--that we are secret hoarders. Most of us retain actual junk in the house, and be honest, no one really is sure of the reason why. Home organization professionals recommend periodically sorting through your home--right after the holidays, recycle or give away the decorations as well as wrapping materials which never exited the boxes. Also, at the end of your son or daughter's sports activity season, give outgrown equipment to anyone with younger kids who might make use of the equipment within an upcoming season. After a couple of rounds of this it will become second nature and you will have much less to move when the time comes.

Use Whatever You Have, or Can Get Free

Sure, you can shell out the big bucks in wrapping and also packing products. Alternatively, why not use what you've currently got? Listed below are tips for reusing what's scattered about your home.

· Newspapers can be utilized for wrapping. Start saving papers and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Should there be ink remains once you unpack, just wash the item, which you would do anyway, subsequently recycle the paper.

· Ratty t-shirts, old bathroom towels, and bed linens make fantastic padding for many items--small appliances, footwear, toys, and non-fragile doodads. They can be used whole or split them into pieces for small items.

· Ditch buying moving cartons and go to the liquor store--for their used cases. Based on the state you are in, they may be either totally free or cost just pennies each. These boxes can be found in a lot of shapes and are often reinforced (full bottles tend to be heavy) and are suitable for oddly-shaped and weighty things. Many are able to be recycled once you're concluded.

· Check around your house with an eye towards packing and yow will discover lots of packable things--not simply tote bags and coolers. For instance, put your utensils within a strip of old t-shirt and place it in your roasting pan. Pop on the top and you have packed the utensils without having to utilize newspaper, a box, or tape.

Go Natural

Rather than buy plastic wrap for items like beds and household furniture, make use of natural components. Old flannel sheets can safeguard pieces of furniture as well as plastic (if it's not snowing or raining on moving day), and you can purchase yards and yards of plain muslin for approximately a buck a yard at some big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at least several feet wide. Wrap mattresses in the muslin and tape the ends together. A material drop cloth functions as well as muslin for pieces of furniture. You can even rent cushioned blankets from the local moving company in San Antonio for treasured furniture.

Rent Your Moving Boxes

Indeed, it is possible to rent moving boxes. These are generally heavy duty, multi-use, plastic-type totes that will arrive right to your doorstep, and you send them back right after you are unpacked. Talk with your moving company in San Antonio to find out if they rent boxes.

Sell or Give Away Last Minute Leftovers

Despite meticulous purging, there will be stuff that you simply do not want to move. Sell or donate those things. A good number of non-profits can pick up whatever you are donating, and there are plenty of websites for online selling--from traditional eBay to neighborhood-specific internet sites.

As well as the tips previously mentioned, hiring an environmentally conscience moving company in San Antonio is important. Thus, you shouldn't be shy about asking professional movers what they are undertaking to lessen their carbon impact.


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