Moving House? How to Be Less Wasteful While You Do It

  • Mark Edwards ·
  • June 5, 2024

It’s an exciting thing to do, to move house or to move office, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t got a list as long as your arm to follow. You have to consider where you’re going to be moving, how you’re going to get there, and what companies you’re going to use to help you with your venture. With the right moving company on your side, you should be able to get from A to B with relative ease, but you need to have that right moving company from the beginning.

The one thing that most people don’t consider when they are moving house is that moving can generate an awful lot of waste. You’re already going to be hemorrhaging money, but as part of your budget, you need to consider hiring from a network of waste management companies to choose the best company to come and get rid of all of your clutter. While you’re getting rid of furniture and decluttering all of your belongings, what do you plan to do with it? You can’t just store it in the garage for later because there is no later. You’re already moving; cutting down on waste and on expenses when you’re moving house should be your first priority, so let’s take a look at some of the things that you need to consider. 

With so much waste that gets generated just from moving house, it makes sense to reduce how many materials you use and create a less wasteful but more efficient move. Not only will this be gentler on the environment, but you’ll save a lot of cash, which is always handy when you’re moving house. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can be less wasteful when you’re moving out.

  1. Start the decluttering process early. Whether you’re moving house or moving business, you need to start that decluttering process as early as possible. Purging things before you move makes more sense than packing everything and sorting it when you get there. Not only will you use less boxes, you’ll be able to potentially hire a smaller van. Moving items that you’ll end up throwing away or donating once you arrive at your destination just leads to more packing tape and more trips with the van. So sort through your possessions, start getting rid of things, selling what you can to earn more cash, and putting things to one side for a waste management company to do a curbside pickup. If you can, hold off on making any bigger purchases like furniture before you move because then you’ll have less to pack.
  2. Reuse as much as possible when it comes to packing materials. You could pay a lot of money for boxes, baskets and bags. Most of the time, people have no shortage of extra boxes laying around because so many people purchase things online. When you know that you’re going to be moving, start collecting and storing cardboard boxes that you’re going to then use to pack your belongings. Obviously you want to have larger boxes where you can, so if you get anything delivered that’s fairly large or from pet supply companies, Amazon, or appliance stores, save those boxes for later. You could even keep hold of shoe boxes because they’re really handy for transporting things like cutlery and knives. It really depends on the scale of your move and how much stuff you have as to how many boxes or bags you’ll need. But make sure that you’re choosing to use plastic where you can for this, because plastic boxes can then be used as a way to store your belongings in the new garage at the new property.
  3. Reuse where you can. If you don’t have a lot of boxes laying around, get yourself on your local Facebook Marketplace or Community pages and ask if anybody who has recently moved is looking to get rid of their boxes. Retailers will also have boxes laying around and you can buy cheap plastic boxes that you plan to reuse over and over. While when it comes to the environment we wouldn’t normally recommend plastic, if you’re moving house it can be more helpful because then you will plan to keep it for longer and use it for longer so it’s not wasted.

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