After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

No matter how many cartons you plead, borrow, come across, order, or scrounge for your sizable move, it hardly ever seems to be ample. Nevertheless by the time you unpack the whole thing and make your new location feel and look like home, you could have far too many cartons on your hands (and your floor surfaces and on your driveway) to deal with.

Protecting the planet by keeping the cartons out of the garbage dump is a good idea for everyone. Although outside of good wishes, exactly what practical and beneficial uses do your cardboard moving cartons contain? As a professional moving company in Wichita Falls, we see lots of boxes annually and have a few suggestions about what you can do with yours once your move has finished.

You've arrived, now say so long: eight better uses for your moving boxes


Numerous large towns and cities offer recycling programs, where cardboard as well as other recyclable substances are picked up curbside once every week. Some smaller communities have a recycling center, where by locals bring the materials to be broken down, prepared and transformed for different uses. Contact your new location's city hall for their recycling program, pick up days, and protocols on carton preparation (a lot of programs request that boxes are flattened, as well as any metal clips and wires taken off) as well as what components can and cannot be disposed. As well as, many moving companies offer carton recycling, so check with your professional residential mover in Wichita Falls, too.

Nest, pile, and store

In the event your occupation means you move a lot, you could think about retaining at the least a few of the cartons for the next move. Paying for boxes time and time again is not as cost-effective as reusing them. Should you send holiday presents to faraway friends and relatives, the sturdy moving box is ideal for sending your presents securely.

Sell or give them away

If you have a buddy who is moving, supply a few cartons. It might save you from receiving that call which starts, "Hello, we are moving, and we might need some assistance moving the great room furniture. Can you maybe..." Because you have supplied the boxes; your work here is now done. No friends heading out of town? Some nonprofits are continuously trying to find boxes for their incoming and outgoing donations and also storage.

Make a deal, connect with new folks

Someone within your new city is moving somewhere, and they require cartons. You've just moved in, and there's at the very least a dozen things you know you'll need. Post on the area's neighborhood Freecycle website, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Perform the deal safely: meet properly in a general public place when exchanging objects and/or cash, and everyone goes home satisfied.

Cover up while you work around the new house

If you are planning to paint, hang wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, take off molding, hang a light fixture or carry out virtually any dirty work in your new home, cut up moving boxes are perfect for overlaying your floor surfaces, furniture and other areas you want to stay clean.

Keep a carton or a few for the children

Kids' imaginations are usually endless when it comes to cartons. They might love their smartphones, video games, and computers, but the majority have not lost the innocent satisfaction found in constructing box forts, race cars, spaceships, along with other "super" buildings from cardboard. Give some markers and also scissors together with the boxes, and it's really amazing the amount of excitement a few cartons still provide.

Cartons make good pet beds

For dogs and cats, you'll want to line the carton with non-toxic bedding and cover the edges of the carton, so the family pet will likely not gnaw on the cardboard. It's a straightforward, safe pet bed which still has the scent of your old home whilst introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new house.

Good gardening using cardboard

Due to the fact cardboard will make decent garden compost, it is the ideal stuff to begin the garden you have always wished for. Blended with water as well as other compostable elements, including dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peels, and grass clippings, it offers nutrients for your plantings whilst keeping moisture within the soil. And in case the green thumb you may have is caused by anything besides a passion of working outdoors, you could donate your cardboard boxes to the nearby garden store or composting site.


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