After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Irrespective of how many cartons you beg, borrow, uncover, buy, or scrounge for your sizable move, it never seems like enough. Nevertheless by the time you unpack everything and make your new location feel and look like home, you may have far too many cartons on your hands (and your floors as well as on your driveway) to deal with.

Saving the earth by keeping all those boxes from the garbage dump is a good idea for everyone. However over and above good intentions, precisely what practical and good uses do your cardboard moving cartons possess? Being a professional moving company in Atlanta, we use lots of cartons every year and have a handful of thoughts about what can be done with yours after your move has ended.

You have arrived, now say farewell: eight better uses of your moving boxes


Numerous substantial towns and cities provide recycling programs, in which cardboard and other recyclable components are picked up at your house once every week. Some smaller towns have a recycling site, in which citizens bring the materials to be broken down, processed and modified for other uses. Contact your new location's city hall for their recycling program, pick up days, and protocols on carton preparation (most programs request that cartons are flattened, as well as any metal clips and wires removed) as well as what items can and cannot be disposed. As well as, quite a few moving companies offer carton recycling, therefore check with your professional residential mover in Atlanta, too.

Nest, pile, and store

In the event your job means you transfer a lot, you can consider keeping at the least a few of the cartons for your next move. Paying for boxes over and over isn't as cost-effective as saving them. In the event you send holiday presents to faraway relatives and friends, the sturdy moving box is ideal for sending your gifts securely.

Sell or give them away

If you've got an acquaintance who is moving, offer a couple of boxes. It might protect you from getting that call that starts, "Hi there, we are moving, and we need some help moving the living room pieces of furniture. Would you possibly..." Because you have offered the cartons; your work here is currently completed. No friends moving out of town? Some nonprofits are continuously in need of boxes for their incoming and outbound donations and also storage.

Make a trade, encounter new folks

Somebody in your new community is transferring someplace, and they require cartons. You've just moved in, as there are a minimum of a dozen things you recognize you need. Post on the area's community Freecycle site, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Perform the deal safely and securely: meet properly in a open public location any time interchanging objects and/or money, and everybody goes home satisfied.

Cover up when you work around the new house

If you are planning to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, remove molding, hang a light fixture or conduct any kind of messy work in your new house, cut up moving boxes are wonderful for covering up your flooring, home furniture as well as other areas you want to stay clean.

Keep a carton or a few for your children

Children's imaginations are limitless with regards to cartons. They may love their smartphones, video games, and computers, but most haven't lost the ordinary pleasure within building box forts, race cars, spaceships, and other "ultra" constructions from cardboard. Give over some markers and scissors in addition to the boxes, and it is remarkable just how much fun several cartons still supply.

Boxes make excellent pet beds

For cats and dogs, you should line the box with non-toxic bedding and cover the sides of the carton, so the furry friend will not gnaw on the cardboard. It is a easy, safe pet bed that still contains the scent of your old home while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new house.

Good gardening with cardboard

Because cardboard creates good garden compost, it's the ideal material to begin the garden you have always wanted. Mixed with water and also other compostable substances, such as dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peelings, as well as grass clippings, it gives nutrients for your plants whilst holding moisture inside the soil. And when the green thumb you might have is caused by something apart from an affection of working outdoors, it's possible to donate your cardboard boxes to the local garden store or composting center.


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