Published: March 28, 2019
The long-anticipated move has finally happened. All of your possessions – the ones from your old home and from the storage unit – are reunited in your new residence.
And that means it’s just beginning – the unpacking of numerous boxes filled with clothing, books, kitchenware, gardening equipment and everything else that’s part of your life. Time to dig in.
The sooner boxes are empty and items put away, the sooner life takes on a semblance of normality. You might be living in a new place, but the presence of your personal items lends familiarity and a sense of comfort.
So you unpack. Silverware here, pots there, towels in the linen closet, cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
Now, what about all of those empty boxes?
Please do not throw them away. They deserve at least a second use before they wind up in the recycling stream. And there are many who can put those heavy cardboard square right back into action … including you.
Maybe you think your kids will only play video games, but a cardboard fort built from the moving cartons will delight them. Open the ends, put the boxes together, get out the strapping tape. Make tunnels. Stand the boxes up and turn them into a castle. Your kids will enjoy this … for as long as kids enjoy anything (some of that depends on their age, some on their attention span).
There are myriad other uses for your boxes before they go to the curb for pickup by your waste hauler for recycling.
For one, you may need them to store any number of items that don’t quite fit your new digs. The new home features a built-in microwave, but you have a countertop unit that is still serviceable. Box it and put it in the garage. A kid going off to college can use it. Winter clothes (if it’s summer) or summer clothes (if it’s winter) can continue to hang in garment boxers supplied by your mover. Into that spare room they go.
You may well find you have more boxes than you need. No surprise there. Here are a few tips for giving them a new life:
Congratulations on your move. When the last box is broken down and put away, you will know you are done and you are truly home. For more information and tips about reusing cardboard boxes, contact UNITS Moving & Portable Storage today!