After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

No matter how many boxes you beg, are lent, uncover, buy, or scrounge for your important move, it hardly ever seems like ample. However when you unpack everything and make your new place appear and feel like home, you could have too many boxes on your hands (and your floor surfaces and on your driveway) to deal with.

Conserving the planet by keeping all those cartons out of the dump makes sense for all. However outside of good wishes, what sensible and positive uses do your cardboard moving cartons provide? As a professional moving company in Austin, we see a lot of boxes every year and have a number of thoughts on what can be done with yours when your move has finished.

You have arrived, now say so long: eight better ways to use your moving cartons


A lot of large towns and cities supply recycling programs, in which cardboard as well as other recyclable materials are picked up from your curb weekly. Some smaller towns have a recycling center, where by residents bring the materials to be broken down, processed and transformed for other uses. Check with your new location's town hall for their recycling program, pick up days, and protocols on box preparation (many programs request that boxes are flattened, and any metal clips and wires removed) and what materials may and may not be thrown away. And also, quite a few moving companies offer carton recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in Austin, too.

Nest, pile, and store

In the event your career means you transfer quite a lot, you could consider holding at the least a few of the cartons for the next move. Buying cartons again and again isn't as cost-effective as saving them. If you send holiday presents to faraway family and friends, the sturdy moving box is perfect for transporting your presents safely.

Sell or give them away

If you've got an acquaintance who is moving, supply a couple of cartons. It may protect you from getting that call that begins, "Hi, we're moving, and we need some help moving the family room household furniture. Would you maybe..." Because you've supplied the boxes; your work here is currently completed. No buddies moving out of town? Many nonprofits are continuously needing boxes for their inbound and outbound donations and also storage.

Make a deal, connect with new people

Somebody within your new town is moving someplace, and they need to have cartons. You've just moved in, and there's a minimum of a dozen things you realize you need. Post on the area's community Freecycle website, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Complete the deal safely and securely: meet properly in a open public place whenever exchanging items and/or funds, and everyone will go home pleased.

Cover up while you work around the new home

If you are planning to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, do away with molding, hang a light fixture or carry out virtually any untidy work in your new abode, cut up moving boxes are wonderful for covering up your floors, pieces of furniture along with other surfaces you would like to stay clean.

Keep a box or two for the children

Children's imaginations are generally limitless with regards to boxes. They might adore their smartphones, video games, and computers, but the majority haven't lost the simple satisfaction found in building box forts, race cars, spaceships, and other "ultra" structures from cardboard. Give some markers and scissors together with the cartons, and it is astounding the amount of excitement a few cartons still provide.

Cartons make good pet beds

For dogs and cats, you should line the carton with non-toxic bedding and cover the edges of the carton, so the family pet won't chew on the cardboard. It is a straightforward, safe pet bed which still contains the scent of your previous residence while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new home.

Good gardening with cardboard

Because cardboard creates decent garden compost, it is the ideal material to start the garden you've always dreamed of. Combined with water and also other compostable elements, including dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peelings, and also grass clippings, it offers nutrients for your plants whilst retaining moisture within the soil. And if the green thumb you may have is triggered by something apart from a love of working outdoors, you could give your cardboard boxes to the nearby garden shop or composting center.


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