By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Even the most fervent recycler is faced with heaps of packing materials if you are moving to Atlanta--there's just so much stuff it takes to move your belongings. If you're shocked over the amount of squandered supplies it takes to get the spouse and children to a new home, here are some ways to decrease your moving impact.
1. Periodic Purging
For most of us, we learn the most horrifying thing about ourselves during the move--that we're secret hoarders. We all preserve literal rubbish around the house, and be honest, no one really understands why. Home organization experts propose periodically sorting through your residence--soon after the holiday season, recycle or donate the decorations as well as gift wrapping supplies that never came out of the boxes. Also, at the conclusion of your son or daughter's sports activity season, give outgrown items to anyone with younger children who can utilize the equipment during an approaching season. After a couple of rounds of this it is second nature and you'll have significantly less to move when it's time.
2. Make use of Whatever You Have, or Might Get Free
Sure, you can invest lots of money in wrapping and also packing products. As an alternative, why don't you work with what you have already got? The following are tips for reusing what is lying around your house.
· Newspapers may be used for wrapping. Start saving papers and have your friends and neighbors to do the same. If there is ink remains once you unpack, just clean the item, which you would do anyway, afterward recycle the paper.
· Ratty t-shirts, old bath towels, and bed linens make wonderful insulation for many stuff--small home appliances, shoes, toys, and non-fragile doodads. You can use them whole or split them into pieces for smaller things.
· Ditch buying moving cartons and head for the liquor store--for their used boxes. Dependent upon the state you're in, they are possibly free of charge or cost just pennies each. These packing containers can be found in a huge variety of shapes and are frequently reinforced (full bottles are weighty) and are good for oddly-shaped and weighty things. Virtually all may be recycled when you're done. Also, your local moving company might be a good source for used boxes.
· Check about your home with an eye towards packing and you will find a lot of packable things--not simply tote bags and coolers. For instance, put your utensils inside a piece of old t-shirt and put it in the roasting pan. Pop on the top and you have packed the silverware without having to utilize paper, a box, or tape.
3. Go Natural
Instead of buy plastic wrap for such things as mattresses and home furniture, utilize natural material. Used flannel linens can protect household furniture as well as plastic (assuming it is not raining or snowing on moving day), and you could buy yards and yards of plain muslin for about a dollar a yard at most big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at least several feet wide. Put mattresses in the muslin and tape the ends together. A material drop cloth works as well as muslin for furniture. You may also rent padded blankets from the local moving company in Atlanta for treasured furniture.
4. Rent Your Moving Boxes
Yes, you are able to rent moving boxes. These are heavy duty, reusable, plastic material totes that will come right to your house, and you send them back right after you're unpacked. Check with your moving company in Atlanta to find out if they rent totes.
5. Sell or Donate Last Minute Leftovers
In spite of meticulous purging, there will be items that you just don't wish to move. Sell or donate those things. A good number of non-profits can pick up anything you will be contributing, and you will find a lot of websites for online selling--from well known eBay to neighborhood-specific sites.
As well as the suggestions earlier mentioned, hiring an environmentally conscience moving company in Atlanta is important. Therefore, you shouldn't be timid about asking professional movers what they're undertaking to reduce their carbon footprint.
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