By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Even the most fervent recycler is faced with mountains of packing supplies if you are moving to Austin--there's simply so much stuff it takes to move your things. If you're shocked at the amount of wasted components it entails to get your family to a new house, here are several strategies to lessen your moving impact.
1. Seasonal Purging
For many of us, we discover the most scary aspect of ourselves over a move--that we are secret hoarders. Many of us hold literal junk throughout the house, and be honest, nobody really is sure of exactly why. Home organization specialists recommend periodically purging your residence--after the holidays, recycle or give away the decorations and also gift wrapping materials that never came out of the cartons. Also, at the end of your child's sport season, give outgrown items to a person with younger kids who can make use of the gear in an upcoming season. After a couple of rounds of this it will become second nature and you'll have a lot less to move when the time comes.
2. Use Whatever You Have, or Might Get Free
Of course, you can shell out a lot of money in wrapping and also packing materials. As an alternative, how about make use of what you've presently got? Here are suggestions for recycling what is scattered around the house.
· Newspapers may be used for wrapping. Begin saving papers and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. If there's ink residue once you unpack, just clean the item, which you would do anyway, then recycle the paper.
· Ratty t-shirts, old towels, and bed sheets make great padding for lots of things--small kitchen appliances, shoes or boots, toys, and non-fragile doodads. They can be used whole or tear them into pieces for small belongings.
· Ditch purchasing moving cartons and go to the liquor store--for their used cases. Dependent upon the state you are in, they're either totally free or cost just pennies each. These boxes come in a huge variety of shapes and are typically reinforced (full bottles are usually heavy) and are suitable for oddly-shaped and heavy things. Most are able to be recycled when you are finished. Also, your local moving company might be a good source for used boxes.
· Check about your residence with an eye towards packing and you'll find a lot of packable things--not only tote bags and coolers. Such as, put your flatware within a piece of old t-shirt and put it in your roasting pan. Pop on the top and you have packed the silver without having to use newsprint, a box, or tape.
3. Go Natural
Rather than buy plastic wrap for items like beds and household furniture, make use of natural materials. Outdated flannel sheets can safeguard furniture as well as plastic (presuming it's not snowing or raining on moving day), and you could get yards and yards of simple muslin for approximately a dollar a yard at many big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at the very least five feet wide. Wrap beds in the muslin and then tape the ends together. A material drop cloth works as effectively as muslin for furniture. You can also rent cushioned blankets from your local moving company in Austin for important furniture pieces.
4. Rent Your Moving Cartons
Of course, you are able to rent moving boxes. These are heavy duty, multiple-use, plastic-type totes which will come straight to your doorstep, and you send them back after you are unpacked. Check with your moving company in Austin to find out if they rent boxes.
5. Sell or Donate Last Minute Leftovers
In spite of scrupulous purging, you will find stuff that you just do not want to move. Sell or donate those things. A lot of non-profits can pick up everything you are donating, and there are a lot of websites for online selling--from tried and true eBay to neighborhood-specific sites.
In addition to the suggestions above, employing an eco conscience moving company in Austin is important. Therefore, don't be timid regarding asking professional movers what they are undertaking to lessen their carbon footprint.
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