After Moving Day: Don't Get Boxed In!

Moving BoxesBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

No matter how many cartons you beg, borrow, uncover, purchase, or scrounge for your sizable move, it hardly ever feels like ample. Yet when 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 floor surfaces as well as on your driveway) to deal with.

Conserving the planet by keeping all those cartons from the landfill makes sense for everybody. Although outside of good intentions, exactly what helpful and positive uses do your cardboard moving boxes provide? Being a professional moving company in Little Rock, we use a great deal of cartons annually and have a handful of thoughts about what to do with yours after your move has concluded.

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


Many substantial towns and cities supply recycling programs, in which cardboard as well as other recyclable components are picked up from your curb weekly. Some smaller communities have a recycling center, in which locals bring the materials to be broken down, processed and converted for different uses. Consult your new location's town hall for their recycling program, pick up dates, and protocols on box preparation (most programs ask that cartons are flattened, and any metal clips and wires removed) along with what materials can and cannot be disposed. Or, some moving companies offer carton recycling, therefore check with your professional residential mover in Little Rock, as well.

Nest, pile, and store

If your employment means you move a lot, you could contemplate keeping a minimum of a handful of the boxes for your next move. Paying for boxes over and over just isn't as cost-effective as reusing them. Should you send holiday gifts to faraway relatives and friends, the strong moving box is perfect for transporting your gifts securely.

Sell or give them away

If you've got a pal who may be moving, offer a couple of boxes. It might protect you from getting that call which starts out, "Hey there, we are moving, and we need some assistance moving the family room household furniture. Can you possibly..." Because you have offered the boxes; your work here is currently done. No friends heading out of town? A lot of nonprofits are continuously looking for cartons for their inbound and outbound donations and also storage.

Make a trade, meet new folks

Someone inside your new city is relocating someplace, and they need cartons. You have just moved in, as there are at least a dozen things you recognize you need. Post on the area's community Freecycle website, or Facebook Buy/Sell groups. Do the deal safely: meet responsibly in a public location if exchanging things and/or money, and everybody will go home content.

Cover up while you work around the new property

If you are planning to paint, put up wallpaper, drill holes, redo a ceiling, take off molding, hang a light fixture or conduct any kind of messy work in your new home, cut up moving boxes are wonderful for covering your flooring, furnishings along with other areas you wish to stay clean.

Keep a carton or two for your children

Kids' imaginations are generally limitless with regards to cartons. They could really like their smartphones, video games, and computers, but many never have lost the ordinary pleasure present in building box forts, race cars, spaceships, along with other "ultra" structures from cardboard. Hand over some markers as well as scissors along with the boxes, and it's really incredible the amount of excitement several boxes still provide.

Boxes make good 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 gnaw on the cardboard. It's actually a straightforward, safe pet bed which still contains the scent of your previous house while introducing Fido or Fluffy to your new house.

Good gardening along with cardboard

Because cardboard will make decent garden compost, it's the ideal stuff to begin the garden you've always wished for. Combined with water as well as other compostable elements, such as dead leaves, hay, straw, fruit and vegetable peelings, and also grass clippings, it offers nutrients for your plants whilst retaining moisture within the soil. And when the green thumb you may have is triggered by something other than an affection of working outdoors, it's possible to give your cardboard boxes to the nearby garden store or composting site.


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