Moving Green--Yes, You Can Do it

Packing for a moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Even the most ardent recycler is faced with heaps of packing materials when you're moving to Atlanta--there is just so much stuff it requires to move your belongings. If you're appalled with the quantity of wasted components it takes to get the family members to a new house, here are some tips on how to decrease your moving footprint.
 

Periodic Purging

For many of us, we find out the most horrifying thing about ourselves over a move--that we are secret hoarders. We all keep actual rubbish throughout the house, and be honest, no one really is sure of the reason why. Home organization gurus recommend seasonally sorting through your home--following the holiday season, recycle or donate the decorations and gift wrapping materials that never exited the packing containers. Also, at the conclusion of your son or daughter's sports activity season, give outgrown items to someone with younger children who is able to utilize the equipment during an upcoming season. After a few rounds of this it can be second nature and you will have a lot less to move when the time comes.

Utilize What You Have, or Can Get Free

Certainly, you can shell out the big bucks in wrapping as well as packing materials. Alternatively, why don't you utilize what you have already got? The following are tips for recycling what is scattered around your home.

· Newspapers can be utilized for wrapping. Start saving papers and have your neighbors to do the same. If there is ink remains whenever you unpack, simply clean the item, which you would do anyway, subsequently recycle the newspaper.

· Ratty t-shirts, old towels, and bed linens make wonderful padding for many items--small kitchen appliances, shoes, toys, and non-fragile doodads. They can be used whole or rip them into strips for small belongings.

· Ditch purchasing moving cartons and head for the liquor store--for their empty cases. Based on the state you are in, they're possibly free of charge or cost only pennies each. These cartons can be found in a huge variety of shapes and are generally reinforced (full bottles are heavy) and are generally perfect for oddly-shaped and weighty belongings. Many are able to be recycled when you're concluded.

· Look around your residence with an attention for packing and you can find a lot of packable things--not just tote bags and coolers. For instance, wrap your flatware in a piece of old t-shirt and set it within your roasting pan. Put on the top and you've packed the utensils and never have to utilize paper, a carton, or tape.

Go Natural

Instead of get plastic wrap for such things as mattresses and pieces of furniture, utilize natural components. Old flannel bed sheets can safeguard pieces of furniture as well as plastic (presuming it is not snowing or raining on moving day), and you may purchase yards and yards of plain muslin for about a buck a yard at most big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at the very least several feet wide. Put mattresses in the muslin and tape the ends together. A fabric drop cloth functions as well as muslin for furniture. You can also rent padded blankets from a local moving company in Atlanta for treasured furniture pieces.

Rent Your Moving Boxes

Sure, you can rent moving cartons. These are typically heavy duty, reusable, plastic-type totes which will arrive straight to your doorstep, and you send them back once you are unpacked. Consult your moving company in Atlanta to find out if they rent totes.

Sell or Donate Last Minute Leftovers

In spite of scrupulous purging, you'll encounter stuff that you merely do not want to move. Sell or donate those items. A lot of non-profits will pick up everything you will be donating, and you will find plenty of websites for online selling--from tried and true eBay to neighborhood-specific internet sites.

As well as the tips above, hiring an environmentally conscience moving company in Atlanta is a must. So, don't be timid about asking professional movers what they're doing to lessen their carbon footprint.

 

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