Moving house is not easy. Packing up every item and piece of memorabilia, transporting it safely to the new location, and then having to re-organize your entire family’s belongings anew in an empty space is a tedious and time-consuming process. This is how we get to … boxes. The bane of the mover’s life! Where do you find them? How should you pack them? What do you do with them afterwards? The following tips are designed to alleviate at least some of that moving bother by thinking outside of the box!
1. Stores and various removal companies sell all kinds of packaging essentials such as boxes and padding for an efficient and intact pack. However, the more budget-conscious among us can find cheaper removals options (i.e. free!) a little closer to home…
2. Try asking at your local grocer / supermarket / newsagent who often have more out back than they know what to do with.
3. Fast Food Chains receive deliveries in sturdy “fry-boxes” on a weekly basis that then get thrown away. Try asking the manager if they would be willing to give any away (obviously this varies from place to place but it’s worth a try!)
4. A section for “free moving boxes” can be found on Craigslist – you can arrange with the person giving them away to pick them up at your convenience… and you can return the favor once you’re unpacked and no longer need them by doing the same!
1. Packing by room and labeling boxes clearly with a marker pen can reduce the stress of finding them later, and make you less likely to lose things.
2. Make sure that your boxes are sturdy. Fragile items will not survive the bottom falling out of a box. Use thick scotch tape to seal the boxes, making sure you have something to open them back up with later!
3. Wrap fragile items in layers of newspaper or bubble wrap to avoid breakage casualties.
4. Ensure that each box is not too heavy for you to lift. This is a personal favorite tip of mine after moving to an apartment on the 6th floor with no elevator. It’s much easier to carry more boxes that are light than just one that is heavy!
5. Pack a box or two of items that you will need immediately in your new house. Shampoo, towels, bed sheets, snacks and a change of clothes are always a good idea! The rest can wait until you are ready
GETTING RID OF BOXES
1. Again, once your own house removals are complete you can post them up on the Internet, in specialized forums to ensure getting rid of them speedily. There is an array of other sites with a message board and “free-cycle” too. Just a Google-search away!
2. For those of you who have children in primary school, home-room and arts teachers are always grateful for some spare cardboard for creative projects! Try calling your school and arranging to bring the boxes in.
3. Likewise, if your children are in need of storage under the bed or on top of the wardrobe, use a rainy day to paint and decorate the boxes and turn them into to quirky, cheap storage in your children’s bedrooms! This is a great idea for young kids looking to make their new room their own.
4. Charities are also places that look for cheap storage options. Is there a charity shop near you? They might take them off your hands.
5. Cardboard boxes also make good compost boxes in the garden. If you don’t do this yourself, try asking your friends or neighbors who do. Who knows, you could start an environmentally-friendly trend!
Zara Smith writes on behalf of 99acres.com, which is an internet portal dedicated to meet every aspect of the consumers needs in the Indian property site whether it is House, Land, Villa, Studio Apartments etc. It is a platform where buyers, sellers and brokers can exchange info. 99acres covers buy and rent information of properties for almost all major locations like 3 bhk flats in JP Nagar, Delhi properties and many more.