In America, the long days of summer are for more than just cookouts and beach fun. In fact, for families that need to relocate for work or personal reasons, summer is the most commonly chosen time to schedule a move. By choosing to do this, families can take advantage of extra hours of daylight, nicer weather and utilize traditional vacation times to avoid missing school and work.
Because summer is such a popular time to move, the increased volume of moving trucks and the supplies needed for packing can impact the environment in a negative way. By following these simple moving tips, however, this impact can be lessened and the entire moving process can become greener and more efficient, as well.
Opt for Reusable Supplies
Whether you purchase or rent them, using sturdy plastic bins can keep much of the trash associated with moving from ending up in landfills. In addition, plastic boxes can safely hold more items, resist being crushed and offer better protection for delicate possessions while in transit. Most moving companies offer these items for rent, or you can choose to purchase them and reuse them for convenient storage containers after your move is over. When purchasing, make sure to choose the ones that contain the highest percentage of recycled materials.
Pack Wisely & Efficiently
Purchasing wrapping paper, bubble wrap and packing peanuts wastes your money and the earth’s resources. Instead, use soft clothing, such as socks and t-shirts to cushion delicate items. Place can also place washcloths and cloth napkins between plates and dinnerware. Larger items such as towels, sheets and even stuffed toys can be used to cushion larger items, like decorative pieces and lamps. Not only will you protect your possessions during the move, you will also require fewer boxes and maybe even a smaller, more efficient moving truck or van.
Make Your Move As Efficient as Possible
Moving items that are no longer wanted or needed is a waste fuel and time, and creates unnecessary clutter in the new home. Take time before you move to sort through the contents of each room and donate or recycle any outgrown, unwanted or unused items. This will reduce the amount of time, labor and fuel required during the actual moving process, and help make it more streamlined and eco-friendly.
Reduce Chemical Exposure on Each End of the Move
Reduce the amount of chemicals that you will live with in your new home as well as the amount you leave in the old home by scheduling both homes to be cleaned top-to-bottom by an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog of North Buckhead. By utilizing all natural cleaning solutions and methods, Mopfrog is able to clean and freshen all the surfaces in your home without leaving dangerous chemicals behind to impact the indoor air quality and the health of the new occupants.