Moving is a great opportunity to start afresh; you can develop new habits, clear out the clutter and organise your home in a way you could never do if you weren’t relocating.
When you move home try and minimise the impact that you have on the environment and make sure you do it in a green, sustainable way.
Clear out the clutter, recycle and move less
Over the years a person can accumulate a lot of junk and items that will never be used or even looked at again. Moving is the perfect time to assess what you should keep and what you can recycle. As you pack up your belongings think about why you’ve kept certain items, if you can’t see yourself picking it up or using it in the near future, consider getting rid of it.
Remember, you don’t need to bin these items, take them to a car boot sale, charity shop or check to see if they can be recycled – over two thirds of the content of households can be.
By moving fewer items when you relocate you will be saving yourself money as you will pay less for the removal services and you will also be helping the environment as moving your belongings will require less fuel.
Use recycled or reusable moving containers
So many people purchase cardboard boxes to move their things in. This is definitely not necessary; you can help to save the trees and your wallet by moving with recycled boxes. You can simply pop down to the local supermarket and ask if they have any spare that you can take home – or try to ask your friends and family to see if they have any spare boxes.
There are some companies rent out plastic crates and packing boxes which they loan to those moving house. These are great because they’re sturdy and are less likely to break, they are usually stackable and don’t require taping or fastenings when filled.
Don’t buy packaging materials like bubble wrap
If you’re planning a move try to keep and reuse the bubble wrap from items that you’ve ordered and ask your friends and family to do the same. But remember, bubble wrap is not always necessary. For example, you can protect your delicates and valuables by doing the following:
Wrap them up in newspaper or other scrap paper.
Use your clothes, bed sheets or towels. You’ll be moving these anyway – may as well put them to good use!
The unnecessary production of plastic is harmful to the environment and it takes a long time to degrade, so why not keep your belongings safe with recycled and reusable package protection?
Make sure your new home is green
A new home means a new start, so it is a perfect time to start implementing greener habits and sticking to them. Make recycling really easy in your household to encourage family members to do it as often as they can. Turn off electricity at the mains when it’s not being used and fit energy efficient light bulbs in all your rooms. Remember to turn off the tap while you clean your teeth, try and reduce the time you take to shower and only wash a full load. Small changes can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint – and also your wallet!