You’ve unpacked all your boxes and are ready to sit down on your brand new sofa in your brand new home when you suddenly realize you’ve got about 50 moving boxes and not a clue what to do with them.
What with all the hassle of switching homes, from finding a property you like to contacting a local moving company, it’s understandable that you forgot about the aftermath of the move – and the big box removal task in particular. If you do have lots of moving boxes cluttering your home, here are some practical and fun things to do with them.
Reuse and recycle
Before you throw all your boxes away, the first thing to do is consider whether it would be worth keeping a few. Boxes can be very useful for storage and may be worth hiding away in the garage or attic if you have the space. You’re bound to accumulate more stuff over the years in your new home and those old moving boxes may come in handy.
If on the other hand, you’ve simply got too many to use, then it’s worth asking friends and family if they’re in need of any. Once that’s been done, make sure you recycle the boxes that you can’t find a home for.
If you have children, you’ll be well aware of how wild their imaginations are and the best toys are often the ones that allow them to express their creativity.
You would be amazed at the fun kids can have with a plain cardboard box. For you, it may just be a boring, brown cube, but to them, it’s a medieval fort or a rocket ship that can take them to the moon. You can also help your children to customize their boxes with some color and help them to cut away sections until they get the toy of their dreams. Using the boxes in this way gives your kids something fun to play with, lets you save money on toys and allows you to get creative with your child.
Old moving boxes can also be used to provide the basis of an infinite number of excellent costumes, so it might worth keeping some stored away just for Halloween alone.
All you need is a bit of paint, maybe some tin foil, a pair of scissors and some glue and you can transform your box into anything you want. Perhaps the most common cardboard box costume is the robot, but don’t limit yourself. Any why stop at the kids, you’re never too old for a bit of dressing up yourself!
Unleash your own creative spirit
If you’re already interested in arts and crafts or want to learn a new skill then those moving boxes provide the raw materials that you need. Rather than throwing all that card away, you can turn them into Christmas decorations, wall art or handmade ornaments to go around the house.
Whether you want to find a creative outlet for you and your children, or simply can’t bear to see all that cardboard end up in the landfill, don’t throw your old moving boxes away when there’s so much more you can do with them.