The big day is TODAY and I am very excited. I can’t wait to get settled into the new place.
I wrote earlier this month about strategies for packing. Today I want to talk about one of the pre-requisites of packing – boxes.
Boxes can be expensive. I am not sure why this is, but it is so. Boxes from U-Haul for example, range from $85 for an “apartment kit” to several hundred dollars for a multi-bedroom home. Not only is this a ridiculously expensive price to pay for plant material, it’s not very environmentally friendly! Here’s some of the things that I do to reduce costs for packing materials:
This is actually easier than you might think. There’s a few sources of free boxes that I like to use:
One of the best ways to reduce the number of boxes you need is to not use boxes at all. For example, most of my clothes will get put into garbage bags or luggage for transport. The garbage bags I can reuse later on for garbage and the luggage I would have had to move anyways.
Perhaps more accurately, avoid using bubble wrap and other manufactured packing materials to protect your fragile items if theycost money to buy and cannot be recycled easily. Instead:
Moving doesn’t have to be expensive! It also doesn’t need to be bad for the environment. Reuse or repurose items where you can and it will be better for both the environment and your wallet.