Tips From A Lifelong Mover: Making Moving Easy

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Tips From A Lifelong Mover: Making Moving Easy

Growing up in a military family taught me a lot about preparing for and making a successful move. When I married into the military myself, I used a lot of that experience to make things easier for my children. I decided to create this blog to help others learn how to simplify the moving process as well. I hope that my experience and knowledge helps you to understand how to make the move easier for yourself and your family. In addition, I hope it helps you see when it could be beneficial to turn to a professional mover instead of trying to do it yourself.


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Moving With As Little Mess As Possible: Three Tips On How To Reduce Paper Waste Generated When Packing

Did you know that the average American uses approximately 700 pounds of paper products each year? If you're looking to reduce the amount of waste that you generate, you need to be careful when packing your belongings up when moving. You'd be surprised at just how much paper products you go through during this period of time from cardboard boxes to crumpled paper for packing purposes. This article will look at 3 tips on how you can do your part in reducing waste generated from packing.  

Ask the Moving Company to Use Substitutes that Can Be Easily Found in Your Home

Most moving companies will help you pack up your items before the move. While they normally come prepared with standard commercial packing supplies, you can easily ask them to use substitutes that can be easily found in your home instead. For example, instead of using crumpled packing paper as a filler for boxes, consider asking them to use old towels, clothes, and even crumpled up pieces of newspaper instead.

Find a Moving Company that Uses Reusable Plastic Boxes

Most of the time, homeowners will purchase corrugated cardboard boxes for packing up their belongings without even asking the moving company to see if they have any reusable plastic boxes that they can lend for the move. The reusable plastic boxes tend to be much more secure and durable, as they are more difficult to damage and break. In addition, the plastic boxes are waterproof and can keep your belongings dry in the rain. To prevent moisture from accumulating within the boxes, toss in a packet of silica gel.

Reuse Paper Products for Arts and Crafts Projects 

You'll likely have quite a lot of paper products left over after a move. Instead of asking the moving company to get rid of the waste for you, see if you can find other uses for them around the house. For example, you might want to paint over some of the cardboard sheets and use them as decoration. If you must get rid of the paper left over from packing, make sure to recycle.


Moving to another home can generate quite a bit of paper waste. With a bit of planning and preparation with the moving company you've hired, you can reduce the amount of paper waste that you are likely going to generate at this point of time. Ask the moving company for more recommendations and tips. .