If you are planning a move to a new house or apartment, take some time to consider your approach to this project. It is a mistake to simply put everything you own in any old boxes, load them up in a moving truck and transport them to your new digs. Spend some time planning the details of your move and you will save time, money, effort and the environment.
The Challenge of Packing
There is a good chance you can move all your stuff without buying brand new packing materials. Take a look around your home for old cardboard boxes, pillows, clothes, blankets and newspapers. Each of these will help you pack and protect your valuables. Once you reach your new living space, don’t discard these packing materials. Place them in your attic, basement or closet so you can re-use them for your next move.
If you can’t find enough cardboard boxes, opt for plastic bins and containers. Such containers are incredibly durable and can be used several times over. The last resort is to use Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Such packing items harm the environment. So keep your money in your pocket, make use of the packing supplies you have on-hand and you just might be able to pack up all your belongings without going out of your way to purchase new materials.
If you can’t find enough moving materials in your home, opt to purchase plastic bins or containers instead of cardboard boxes. These bins are much more environmentally-friendly than cardboard. Plastic bins are ideal as they can be used over and over again for subsequent moves as well as friends’ moving projects and all sorts of other projects.
Another green way to move your items is to use plastic crate rentals. You can easily reserve such crates online and have them delivered right to your door. Pack up your belongings then arrange for a pickup and drop off. This way, you won’t have to store plastic bins or cardboard boxes in your basement or attic.
Sweat the Small Stuff to Preserve the Environment
Those who are especially concerned with the environment will go as far as researching the types of trucks moving businesses use. As time progresses, more moving companies are using trucks that operate on biodiesel that runs cleaner compared to conventional diesel fuel. Trucks that operate on diesel fuel release harmful toxins into the air we all breathe. These toxins can be blamed for the brunt of the cancer risk posed by outdoor air pollutants. Furthermore, diesel particulate matter contributes to thousands of asthma attacks and premature deaths every single year. These problems are amplified when massive moving trucks are left idling. Trucks that operate on biodiesel burn fuel made with natural renewable sources like vegetable oils. So make a few phone calls and visit a few moving company websites before allying with a particular moving service. It will take a bit of time but our planet is certainly worth the extra effort.
Ally With Clearabee for Green Rubbish Removal
As you go through all of your possessions, you will undoubtedly find plenty of items you no longer need or desire. Do not move these items to your new digs just because you shelled out money to buy them years ago. Let Clearabee’s rubbish removal crew haul these undesired items away from your property. This way, you won’t have to worry about packing them up and transporting them on your own to you new living space. We go to great lengths to re-purpose all of the items our rubbish removal team picks up. Some of these items can be donated. Others can be recycled. The very last option is to haul rubbish to the landfill.
You can even recycle old papers that have accumulated in your filing cabinets over the years. Just be sure to shred paperwork that contains important personal or financial information. So be sure to take an exhaustive look at all of the items you no longer have a purpose for. If you have enough items of value, consider holding a garage sale. The proceeds from your garage sale can be used to offset some or all of your moving expenses and the cost of Clearabee rubbish removal.
A Green Cleaning
Your old living space and your new living space will require a thorough cleaning. Unfortunately, most cleaning supplies are petroleum-based. These cleaning solutions are especially harmful to our sensitive environment. Do your part to reduce environmental damage by making use of green cleaning supplies that are not made with such harmful chemicals. There are plenty of environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions on the market that will get your new living space in tip-top shape and leave your old apartment or home clean as a whistle. As an example, make use of rags made of old clothing rather than multiple rolls of paper towels. You can also use those rags as a soft protective barrier when packing up your possessions. Be sure to wash these rags once you have moved in so you can re-use them at a later point in time.
Take a Moment to Reflect on the Move
Once you have settled in at your new house or apartment, take some time to review the moving process. Think about how easy it was to have the rubbish removal experts at Clearabee clear out all of your old and undesired items. Consider how much time and effort it would have taken to eliminate these items on your own.
Take a moment to think about all of the items you acquired over the years that you did not use at a high frequency or at all. You might realize that you accumulated an abundance of items that provided little value or utility. If this is true for you, make a resolution to only accumulate stuff that provides considerable utility or value. Reducing your possessions will dramatically decrease your impact on the planet.