After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Irrespective of how many cartons you plead, borrow, come across, order, or scrounge for your sizable move, it never feels like enough. However by the time you unpack all the things and make your new location appear and feel like home, you have too many cartons on your hands (and your floor and also on your driveway) to deal with.

Conserving the planet by keeping the cartons out of the landfill is advisable for everyone. Although beyond good intentions, precisely what sensible and positive uses do your cardboard moving cartons contain? As a professional moving company in Houston, we see a great deal of boxes annually and have a number of thoughts on what you can do with yours after your move has ended.

You have arrived, now say farewell: 8 better uses for your moving cartons


A lot of substantial towns and cities offer recycling programs, where cardboard along with other recyclable components are picked up from your curb weekly. Some smaller communities have a recycling site, in which individuals bring the materials to be broken down, processed and modified for various other uses. Consult your new location's town hall for their recycling program, pick up schedules, and rules on carton preparation (most programs ask that cartons are flattened, and any metal clips and wires removed) along with what components may and may not be disposed. As well as, quite a few moving companies offer box recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in Houston, too.

Nest, stack, and store

If your job means you move a lot, you may think about retaining at the least some of the boxes for your next move. Paying for boxes again and again is not as cost-effective as saving them. In the event you send holiday gifts to faraway family and friends, a durable moving box is perfect for sending your gifts safely.

Sell or give them away

Should you have an acquaintance who's moving, offer a handful of boxes. It may protect you from getting that call that starts, "Hey, we are moving, and we need some assistance moving the great room furniture. Can you possibly..." Because you've offered the cartons; your work here is currently finished. No friends moving out of town? A lot of nonprofits are continuously looking for boxes for their inbound and outbound donations and also storage.

Make a deal, encounter new people

Somebody within your new town is transferring someplace, and they require cartons. You've just moved in, as there are at the very least a dozen things you recognize you will need. Post on the area's community Freecycle internet site, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Perform the deal safely and securely: meet carefully in a public location if interchanging items and/or money, and everybody goes home satisfied.

Cover up when you work around the new property

If you are planning to paint, hang wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, do away with molding, hang a light fixture or perform virtually any dirty work in your new residence, cut up moving boxes are perfect for covering up your flooring, furnishings as well as other surfaces you wish to stay clean.

Keep a carton or not one but two for your children

Kids' imaginations are limitless in terms of cartons. They may adore their mobile phones, video games, and computers, but the majority have not lost the ordinary pleasure within constructing box forts, race cars, spaceships, and other "super" structures from cardboard. Give over some markers as well as scissors together with the boxes, and it's incredible just how much excitement several boxes still supply.

Boxes make great pet beds

For dogs and cats, you need to line the carton with non-toxic bedding and cover the sides of the carton, so the furry friend will likely not chew on the cardboard. It's a straightforward, safe pet bed that still contains the scent of your previous home while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new residence.

Good gardening using cardboard

Due to the fact cardboard will make decent garden compost, it is the ideal substance to start the garden you've always wanted. Mixed with water and other compostable materials, such as dead leaves, hay, straw, vegetable and fruit peelings, and also grass clippings, it provides nutrients for your plantings whilst retaining moisture inside the soil. And when the green thumb you have is caused by something other than an affection of working outdoors, you can always give your cardboard boxes to the local garden store or composting center.


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