When you have a lot of cardboard moving boxes around after a move, it can be tempting to let them linger. However, the sooner you get rid of your packing materials, the sooner your new apartment will feel like a true home. Get creative and make your apartment your own, without the burden of empty boxes.
Recycling Cardboard Boxes
The best thing that you can do for the planet and your apartment is to recycle those cardboard moving boxes. First, you need to break down the boxes, taking off tape or breaking the glue that keeps the boxes together.
Once the cardboard is lying flat, you’re ready to recycle. Simply call your local curbside recycling pick-up. If your town doesn’t have that, drive to the local recycling center. Although most recycling centers don’t pay for recycled cardboard, you will be able to get rid of the cardboard boxes for free. Also, you will know that you are doing the right thing, starting your new home off right with a bit of good karma.
Re-Purposing Moving Boxes
If you are low on funds and furniture, save one or two of the largest cardboard moving boxes that you have; pick one that are in really good shape and sturdy. Then, turn it upside down. Put a small table cloth or linen over it. There, you have a side table substitute. Although cardboard boxes won’t be able to hold heavy objects (unless they’re packed and full, of course), a cardboard box can be a nice side table. It’s a great solution for temporary housing situation, when you don’t want to invest money in furniture that you’d soon have to move. It can also be a fun dorm or studio apartment solution.
Paying It Forward
If you are in a larger town or city, chances are that you’re not the only one in town who is moving. People are looking for moving boxes every day, and many people end up paying a lot of money at office supply stores or moving companies for cardboard boxes. Instead, you could give them away. Place an ad in the “free” section of Craigslist or other local website, such as your local newspaper. That way, those cardboard moving boxes are picked up for you; most people are willing to drive to get something for free.
Making Art from Junk
If you or perhaps your children enjoy arts and crafts, use the cardboard boxes for art projects, school projects and other artistic endeavors. That may mean cutting the boxes down before use, or it may include using parts of the boxes whole. A science fair exhibit may be displayed by a balancing three walls of a cardboard box. Small boxes could be combined to make a makeshift doll house. Get creative. Be generous with markers and non-toxic paints. Just have fun. A cardboard box could be turned into a work of art that is displayed in your home for years. Cardboard moving boxes can take on a whole new purpose if you let your creativity run free.