Waste reduction when moving can help make moving easier as well as maximize space in your moving truck. Her are some tips on how to reduce waste when moving.
Declutter Your Things
Start decluttering your things a month or so before you move. Fortunately, with the recent trend of decluttering methods, you won’t be short of finding a method that works for you. Ultimately, you’ll end up with a pile of things that you will dispose of outgrown clothes, books or, perhaps, some redundant furniture. Set aside time to declutter every room so you’re not rushing before moving day.
Decluttering ahead also gives you more time to unload these items. You can donate them to a local charity, have scrap plastic and metal sent to recycling facilities, or sell them at a garage sale. Alternatively, there are local movers like Around Town Movers who offer auction disposal services, which can help you get the most out of your unwanted items.
Use Reusable Bins
Before you set out to buy packing boxes, check if there are reusable bin rental services. It helps minimize clutter when you finally move in and unpack your belongings. Choosing the right box size is also important. Boxes with too much headroom will only consume too much space in the moving truck and allow fragile items to move around, which could increase the risk of damage during transit.
Use Newspaper Instead of Packing Paper
Another potential source of waste after you move is the bubble wrap, packing peanuts and packing paper. If you have a stack of old newspapers, put them to good use by bunching them up and using them in lieu of packing peanuts. Once you have moved, they’re easier to recycle. Old magazines are better for wrapping dishware as the ink won’t form smudges as it would if you used old newspapers.
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