What to do with leftover moving boxes?

After the Relocation - December 8, 2018

If you are moving soon you are going to need to invest in the moving material. Obviously, moving material can be, on occasions, quite expensive. The issue is not that you will have to pay for it a lot. However, you are going to use it only once. This is the main reason why you may find it to be too much to spend money on. Furthermore, buy a lot of it and your ecological footprint will rise quite a lot. In our times when nature is suffering more and more every day, you will want to stay as green as possible. Therefore, you should think about what you are going to do with the leftover moving boxes. Our suggestion is to come up with a way to make a new use of them. Let’s see what you can use them for after having moved to a new home.

Man sitting on cardboard boxes on a street
Boxes like these can make great insulation material

What are your options for leftover moving boxes?

In order to decide what you are going to do with your leftover moving boxes, you have to know your options. We are going to represent some of them, but it is up to you to choose the right one (or the right ones) for you. Alternatively, you may come up with some different ideas. If you do, make sure to let us know which they are in the comment. Our suggestions are as follows:

  • Hand them over to your friends for their upcoming move
  • Recycle them
  • Use leftover moving boxes as insulation
  • It is easy to separate your items in storage using leftover moving boxes

Give away your leftover moving boxes

For those who are not interested in keeping their moving boxes and reusing them, our first suggestion would be to give them away. Your best bet would be to hand them over to your friends who are planning a move in the near future. Obviously, you will be able to do this only if you know that there are some of your friends who are looking to move. Still, the most important thing to do in this situation is to ask around. Another thing that you should make sure that you understand is mover contracts and documentation. It may save you money on leftover moving boxes.

Try to think about whether there were any of them who mentioned the possibility of moving. If there have been some, get in touch with them. Tell them that you are done with moving, but that you can save them some money by donating your leftover moving boxes. Explain it to them how much you had to pay for them when you were preparing for the move and they will most probably eagerly accept your gift.

In the meantime, you can make a bulletin list of pieces of advice on how to avoid injuries while moving. Everyone would appreciate bits of advice on this subject.

Recycling your leftover moving boxes

Another option, if you do not want to keep your leftover moving boxes is to recycle them. After all, moving boxes are made from cardboard. Cardboard is one of the most popular recycling material. Look around you when you go out. You will be able to see people collecting it for recycling purposes on a daily basis. There are drop off points to which you can take your leftover moving boxes for drop off.

Garbage bins
If you cannot find any other purpose for your leftover moving boxes, you should recycle them rather than throw them away

Gather them up and take them with you. They do not weight very much but can be bulky. However, they are easy to fit in a car. You will surely go through this process very easily. Therefore, make sure to take your part in environmental protection and recycle your leftover moving boxes.

Cardboard is an amazing material for insulation

Have you been looking for a cheap way to make sure that the temperature in your storage space does not get too high or low? Well, now you can. Given the fact that you will have plenty of cardboard on your hand, you will be able to secure minimal temperature vicissitudes.

All that you need to do is to glue your leftover moving boxes to the wall. This will make them act as an insulator. Make sure to do it on the inside of the storage unit. The idea is to make sure that no heat escapes from the inside and that no cold air enters from the outside. By placing it on the inside, you will protect any energy to escape through the walls or the roof. You will make a tampon zone between the cold walls and the warm inside air. Therefore, make sure to take cardboard seriously. You can put it to a very good use with just a little bit of imagination and research. Investing in your own moving boxes can help you avoid moving scams well.

Use leftover moving boxes for DIY projects

There are plenty of alternative ways that you can use your leftover moving boxes. Many of them involve DIY arrangements. We are going to focus on one of them in this text.

Leftover moving boxes can be used to make separators of different sizes
You may decide to put your separator on shelves like these in your storage unit

As you might expect it, leftover moving boxes can be used as separators in your storage space. How can you do it? All that you need to do is to label every one of them with the name of the item that they are going to hold. Then, you can choose whether you would like to place them on the shelves and keep your items on them. Alternatively, you may decide to keep your new boxes on the floor. Bear in mind that moisture can damage your cardboard boxes. Therefore, if you decide to place your new separators onto the floor, make sure that you have floor insulation installed as well. Otherwise, you may lose your leftover moving boxes even before putting them to use.

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