By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Regardless of how many boxes you plead, borrow, find, purchase, or scrounge for your important move, it never seems like enough. However by the point you unpack all the things and make your new location look and feel like home, you may have too many boxes on your hands (and your floor and on your driveway) to deal with.
Saving the earth by keeping those cartons away from the garbage dump makes sense for everybody. But over and above good wishes, what sensible and positive uses do your cardboard moving boxes possess? As a professional moving company in Austin, we look at a great deal of cartons every year and have a few thoughts on what to do with yours once your move has ended.
You've arrived, now say goodbye: eight better uses of your moving cartons
A lot of large cities and towns provide recycling programs, in which cardboard along with other recyclable components are picked up curbside once a week. Some smaller towns have a recycling site, where locals bring the materials to be broken down, prepared and modified for other uses. Contact your new location's city hall for their recycling program, pick up times, and policies on box preparation (most programs request that cartons are flattened, and any metal clips and wires removed) as well as what materials can and cannot be thrown away. And also, quite a few moving companies offer carton recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in Austin, too.
Nest, stack, and store
When your job means you move quite a lot, you might contemplate holding at the least a few of the cartons for your next move. Purchasing cartons over and over is not as cost-effective as saving them. If you send holiday presents to faraway friends and relatives, a sturdy moving box is perfect for shipping your gifts safely and securely.
Sell or give them away
Should you have a buddy who's moving, provide a couple of boxes. It may protect you from receiving that call that starts, "Hey there, we are moving, and we require some assistance moving the family room pieces of furniture. Can you perhaps..." Because you've supplied the receptacles; your work here is already done. No friends heading out of town? Many nonprofits are frequently needing cartons for their inbound and outgoing donations and storage.
Make a deal, encounter new folks
Someone within your new city is transferring somewhere, and they require cartons. You have just moved in, and there's at least a dozen items you know you will need. Post on the area's community Freecycle internet site, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Do the deal safely: meet responsibly in a open public place whenever exchanging items and/or funds, and everyone goes home satisfied.
Cover up as you work around the new property
If you plan to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, sandpaper a ceiling, take off molding, hang a light fixture or perform any kind of messy work in your new house, cut up moving boxes are wonderful for protecting your flooring, home furniture along with other areas you wish to stay clean.
Keep a box or a few for your children
Kids' imaginations are usually endless with regards to boxes. They could love their smartphones, video games, and computers, but most never have lost the simple pleasure within creating box forts, race cars, spaceships, along with other "super" structures from cardboard. Hand over some markers and also scissors in addition to the cartons, and it is remarkable how much excitement a few boxes still supply.
Boxes make excellent pet beds
For cats and dogs, you'll want to line the box with non-toxic bedding and cover the sides of the carton, so the family pet will not chew on the cardboard. It is a straightforward, safe pet bed that still carries the scent of your old home while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new home.
Good gardening along with cardboard
Because cardboard creates excellent garden compost, it is the ideal material to begin the garden you have always dreamed of. Combined with water and also other compostable substances, like dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peelings, as well as grass clippings, it gives nutrients for your plants while retaining moisture in the soil. And if the green thumb you may have is brought on by anything apart from a passion of working outdoors, you could give your cardboard boxes to the local garden shop or composting site.
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