What To Do With All Your Packing Materials After Unpacking

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What To Do With All Your Packing Materials After Unpacking
What To Do With All Your Packing Materials After Unpacking

Things To Do With All Your Packing Materials After Unpacking

One of the most crucial aspects of moving is getting enough packing supplies for your belongings. Without all the boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper and the rest, your items cannot get to the new house in one piece. However, what do you do with all those packing supplies after you finish unpacking? Here is a simple guide.

Store them for future use

There is always a chance that you might move again. If you keep the boxes in great condition and protect them from pests and moisture, you can still use them on your next move. If not, you can still reuse some of the supplies such as wrapping paper to protect your furniture during a paint job or house restructuring. Other things like bubble wrap and packing peanuts can be reused to protect electronics, enhance drainage in plants and even play some games. You can even use them to send a delicate gift to a loved one.

Dispose them

If you no longer have any need for the supplies, you can always get rid of them so they don’t take up space in your home. You can’t just throw the packing supplies into the trash. There are environmental friendly ways to dispose cardboard boxes, paper and Styrofoam peanuts. Find out what your municipal has provided in terms of disposing such products and follow the rules to avoid getting in trouble. You can also research recycling centers around your area and make a plan to deliver the supplies to the institution for recycling.

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Give them away

A better alternative to disposing the packing supplies is to give them away to others. The best way to do this is to let people know that you have them. You can even post the information and pictures on social sites and craigslist. There are many people who are looking for supplies because they want to save some cash or do other things with them. If you don’t want to give them away for free, there are sites that you can use to sell the supplies. You can also visit shops and stores that sell such boxes and have them buy at low prices.

Use them for storage

Do you have toys, chemicals, antiques and other things that you don’t use often lying around the house? Boxes can be great storage materials even for books that can’t fit in the shelves. You can arrange anything you want nicely in a box including chemicals that you don’t want to spill. Packing paper and bubble wrap can also be used to protect items in storage against pests and water damage.

Make a play house

If you don’t have too many boxes, you can make a nice play house for your kids with the moving boxes. Just be creative, cut a window and a door. Bubble wrap and peanuts can also be amazing toys for kids as long as they know not to eat them.

There are many things you can do with packing materials after your move. All you need is creativity and information so you don’t do anything that is against the law.


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