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What to Do with All That Packaging Once You’ve Moved Home


For anyone who has moved home before, you will know that all the effort (and expense) that went into finding the right packaging materials will eventually end up in a big pile somewhere in your new home. This could be cardboard boxes (obviously); specially constructed boxes for hanging clothes, bubble wrap, newspapers or other items you don’t want that you used to protect your belongings.

The trouble is what to do with it? If you’re someone who doesn’t intend on going through the stressful business of moving again anytime soon, the best thing is to rid yourself of it all. If you think you might be moving again (God Forbid), it’s probably best to find somewhere safe to store everything. Below are a few tips that will help both brackets of people.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

If you just want rid of all those empty boxes, newspapers and bubble wrap take it to your local recycling centre! From there it will be turned into something useful for the next person to use. You never know, it might end up being a packing box again!

If you simply throw it away, and this can only be done these days if you’ve moved somewhere outside of the UK, it will just end up in land-fill and the last thing the planet needs is anymore of those!

Send it to Charity

This is an idea that many people don’t think about. Charity shops might welcome some of your discarded packing materials. Boxes can be used for storing items that are yet to be put on the rails. Bubble wrap can be used to protect delicate items once someone has purchased them. Your items may well even be used so your chosen charity can post parcels off to people that need them most.

Return to the Old Days

If you have kids, consider keeping some cardboard, paper and plastic you have for recreational projects. We all know how bored children can get when the holidays roll around and it’s raining outside. Instead of letting them sit in front of their computers, get them creating some arts and crafts. You’ll be amazed at how much fun the whole family will have.

Finally – Store It

If you think you’re going to need your packaging again, find somewhere to store it. But, (and I speak from experience here) make sure you find somewhere that will stay dry and isn’t affected by humidity. You should also be careful if you choose a garage or loft to put it all in. The main reason for this is that mice, and even rats will happily chew their way through a cardboard box, and you don’t need an infestation on your hands!

So, there you have it. Some tips on what to do with all the packaging once you’ve moved home. All that’s left now is for you to finally put your own stamp on your new surroundings – enjoy!

Author: Julie Coburn