Moving from one home to another is all-consuming: it consumes tons of time, money, and resources. But if done right, this transition can spare both you and the environment a little stress (and some of your money). Here are a few green moving tips to get you started.
Have a Garage Sale
It’s always a good idea to sort through your things and decide what will be moving with you. But instead of throwing away the things you don’t want anymore, why don’t you have a garage sale? Even though it takes some setting up, you’re getting rid of your old things and making a little money on the side. Not a bad trade-off.
Use Old Clothes and Towels for Bubble Wrap
Why spend money on bubble-wrap (that you’re probably just going to throw away after you pop all the bubbles) when you can wrap up your valuables for free? Instead, use that towel or shirt you were going to get rid of. You can even cut them into small pieces of fabric as needed.
Use Plastic Bins Instead of Cardboard Boxes
Be honest. Are you gonna ever use all those cardboard boxes again? Instead of spending money on boxes that will probably end up in the dumpster anyway, it’s much more cost-effective to buy plastic bins to store your items. Plastic bins are sturdier, last longer, and are perfect for storing things in after you get settled in.
Recycle or Reuse Instead of Throwing Away
When you start the packing process, that also means you’re going to be getting rid of the things you’re not taking with you, and a lot of this is “garbage.” Instead of throwing away an empty milk carton, use it to store loose change around the house. Or you can use an empty container of butter as tupperware, or a place to store your needles and thread. Get creative; many things that would normally be thrown away can be reused for something else and can save you a decent amount of money.
Also, did you know that you can donate your electronics to be recycled? If you have electronics that you don’t want to take with you but would have difficulty selling, like a boxy desktop computer from the 1980’s, you can see if there’s a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge in your area. Donating old electronics is an excellent way to go green because all of the precious metals, plastic, and other materials that would otherwise go to waste can be reused.
This is hard for a lot of people. Plenty of people prefer to have a tangible, hard copy of their important documents. But going paperless has its benefits besides being environmentally friendly.
By going paperless, you don’t have to worry about losing important business and personal files. You can scan and store all of your documents onto your computer. There are even apps that store and organize your records. It saves the trees in the rainforest, and a huge chunk of space in your new attic.
Go Green and Save Money With an Affordable Moving Company!
The best part about these green moving tips is that a lot of them also save you money. Meehan’s Family Moving is dedicated to giving you the best price to make your move as stress-free as possible, whether it’s a long-distance or local move. Call us at (561) 904-6000 for a free quote!