Minimize Your Carbon Footprint While Moving --Yes, Its Possible
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
1. Periodic Purging
For many of us, we discover the most terrible aspect of ourselves throughout a move--that we're secret hoarders. We hold actual junk around the house, and face it, nobody really knows exactly why. Home organization gurus advise seasonally purging your home--after the holidays, recycle or donate the decorations as well as wrapping materials which never left the packing containers. Also, following your son or daughter's sports activity season, give outgrown gear to someone with younger children who might use the gear within an upcoming season. After a couple of rounds of this it can be second nature and you will have significantly less to move when it's time.
2. Use Everything You Have, or Could Get Free
Of course, you can invest the big bucks in wrapping and packing supplies. As an alternative, why don't you use what you've already got? The following are tips for recycling what's scattered around the house.
· Newspapers may be used for wrapping. Begin saving papers and ask your next door neighbors to do the same. If there's ink remains once you unpack, merely wash the item, which you were going to do anyway, then recycle the newspaper.
· Ratty t-shirts, old towels, and linens make wonderful insulation for lots of stuff--small home appliances, footwear, toys, and non-fragile doodads. They can be used whole or tear them into pieces for smaller things.
· Forgo buying moving boxes and head for the liquor store--for their used cases. Dependent upon the state you are in, they're either free or cost just pennies each. These cartons may be found in a huge variety of dimensions and are typically reinforced (full bottles are usually heavy) and are generally suitable for oddly-shaped and heavy belongings. Most can be recycled when you are done. Also, your local moving company might be a good source for used boxes.
· Check about your home with an eye towards packing and you'll find lots of packable things--not simply tote bags and coolers. For example, wrap your utensils inside a strip of old t-shirt and put it within your roasting pan. Put on the lid and you have packed the silverware and never have to make use of newspaper, a carton, or tape.
3. Go Natural
Instead of buy plastic wrap for things like beds and pieces of furniture, make use of natural items. Used flannel linens can protect pieces of furniture as well as plastic (if it isn't precipitating on moving day), and you can purchase yards and yards of simple muslin for about a dollar a yard at some big box or fabric stores--and a yard is at least 5 feet wide. Wrap beds in the muslin and tape the ends together. A fabric drop cloth works as effectively as muslin for pieces of furniture. You can even rent cushioned blankets from a local moving company in Denver for valuable furniture.
4. Rent Your Moving Boxes
Of course, you are able to rent moving boxes. These are generally heavy duty, multi-use, plastic totes which will arrive directly to your house, and you send them back after you're unpacked. Check with your moving company in Denver to determine if they rent boxes.
5. Sell or Give Away Last Minute Leftovers
In spite of meticulous purging, you'll encounter items that you just don't want to move. Sell or donate those things. Most non-profits will pick up everything you are contributing, and you will find a lot of websites for online selling--from well known eBay to neighborhood-specific websites.
In addition to the suggestions earlier mentioned, hiring an eco conscience moving company in Denver is important. Therefore, you shouldn't be shy with regards to asking professional movers what they're undertaking to lessen their carbon impact.
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