It’s a wonderful experience moving into your own home, whether you’re buying a new home or renting. You’re going to love decorating your new space and providing a lovely warm space for you and your family. Here are five eco-friendly moving tips to inspire a more sustainable move. This may be your first time moving home and in that case you may need some ideas on how to manage your move. Moving home can be tough, but it doesn’t need to be tough on the environment. Take a look…
Eco-Friendly Moving Tips
Donate Your Clutter
So chances are in the process of moving you’re going to uncover lots of things you never knew you had! We all have those drawers full of stuff and boxes in the loft packed with bits ‘n’ bobs from years gone by. If you are faced with lots of clutter. Sort though your belongings and sell what you can on Ebay, Depop or Gumtree, then donate everything else to charity. You’d be surprised what a difference your charitable donation will make in help supporting a good cause. Opt for Gift Aid so that the charity gets an added kick back.
If you can’t move into your new home straight away, then you will need to arrange storage. Making sure that your new home has enough storage space for everything you own when you move in is also going to be a good thing to put on the top of your priority list. Some people find they have boxes that haven’t been unpacked months after they have moved, and this isn’t uncommon. You might decide that these boxes contain items you could live without. Keeping storage in mind when moving will help you to make wise decisions whilst decluttering. Don’t pack up more than you will be able to put away and organise in your new home.
Instead of using plastic bubble wrap opt to wrap up your delicate items in fabric. This is a zero-waste method of protecting your valuables in transit. This method also works as a nifty way to pack soft furnishings like bedding, blankets, and curtains. Get together all the items that will need a little extra protection in transit, like picture frames, vases, plates and glassware. Then, wrap them in the fabric items to create a handy layer of protection.
You’re probably going to find lots of paperwork, old plastic bottles from the bathroom and the odd glass item that you simply can’t take with you to your new home. Be mindful about recycling responsibly. Go around with the recycling bag and fill it up as you go or make separate piles for each type of recyclable item. You’l be amazed at just how much stuff you are able to recycle.
Consciously Clear Your Kitchen
When you’re moving house you’re probably going to come across lots of unwanted food hiding in your kitchen cupboard. There will most likely be packets of pasta, dried good and tinned items that you simply wont want to transport to your new home. Those items could be donated to a local food bank or homeless charity. Do your research and find out what donations your local charity will accept. Consciously declutter your kitchen cupboards and think about those in need of food items.
Hopefully these eco-friendly moving tips will serve as some inspiration for any of you moving home. Moving home sustainably takes planning and a little creativity. Adopting a more thoughtful mindset will help you feel organised and help the planet too!
The Fabulous Times