After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Regardless of how many boxes you plead, borrow, find, purchase, or scrounge for your big move, it never feels like enough. However by the point you unpack everything and make your new place feel and look like home, you may have too many boxes on your hands (and your floor and on your driveway) to deal with.

Conserving the earth by keeping all those cartons away from the garbage dump makes sense for everybody. However beyond good wishes, what sensible and good uses do your cardboard moving boxes contain? As a professional moving company in Oklahoma City, we see a great deal of cartons annually and have a handful of thoughts on what to do with yours once your move has ended.

You've arrived, now say goodbye: eight better uses of your moving cartons


A lot of large towns and cities provide recycling programs, in which cardboard and other recyclable components are picked up at your house once a week. Some smaller communities have a recycling site, where locals bring the materials to be broken down, prepared and modified for other uses. Contact your new location's city hall for their recycling program, pick up schedules, and policies on box preparation (most programs request that cartons are flattened, as well as any metal clips and wires removed) as well as what components can and cannot be thrown away. And also, quite a few moving companies offer carton recycling, consequently check with your professional residential mover in Oklahoma City, as well.

Nest, stack, and store

When your job means you move quite a lot, you might contemplate holding at the least a few of the cartons for your next move. Buying cartons again and again is not as cost-effective as saving them. If you send holiday presents to faraway relatives and friends, a durable moving box is ideal for shipping your gifts safely and securely.

Sell or give them away

Should you have an acquaintance who's moving, provide a couple of boxes. It might protect you from receiving that call that starts, "Hey there, we are moving, and we need some assistance moving the living room pieces of furniture. Can you perhaps..." Because you've provided the receptacles; your work here is already done. No friends heading out of town? Many nonprofits are frequently needing cartons for their inbound and outgoing donations and storage.

Make a deal, encounter new folks

Someone within your new city is transferring somewhere, and they require cartons. You have just moved in, and there's at least a dozen items you know you will need. Post on the area's local Freecycle website, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Do the deal safely and securely: meet properly in a open public location if exchanging things and/or funds, and everyone goes home satisfied.

Cover up as you work around the new home

If you plan to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, sandpaper a ceiling, take off molding, hang a light fixture or carry out any kind of messy work in your new house, cut up moving boxes are wonderful for protecting your flooring, pieces of furniture along with other areas you wish to stay clean.

Keep a box or a few for your children

Children's imaginations are usually endless with regards to boxes. They could adore their mobile phones, video games, and computers, but many never have lost the innocent pleasure within building box forts, race cars, spaceships, along with other "super" buildings from cardboard. Hand over some markers and also scissors in addition to the cartons, and it's remarkable how much excitement several boxes still supply.

Boxes make excellent pet beds

For cats and dogs, you'll want to line the box with non-toxic bedding and cover the sides of the carton, so the family pet won't chew on the cardboard. It's a simple, safe pet bed that still carries the scent of your old home while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new home.

Good gardening with cardboard

Due to the fact cardboard makes excellent garden compost, it is the ideal substance to begin the garden you have always dreamed of. Combined with water and also other compostable substances, like dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peelings, as well as grass clippings, it gives nutrients for your plants while retaining moisture in the soil. And when the green thumb you have is brought on by anything apart from a passion of working outdoors, it's possible to give your cardboard boxes to the local garden shop or composting site.


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