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Alternatives to Buying Moving Boxes

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Moving to a new home requires a lot of packing, regardless of the size of your home or family. And, purchasing enough new cardboard boxes to fit all of your belongings can get expensive, not to mention bad for the environment. However, there are plenty of options for sourcing moving boxes and containers that are completely free, better for the environment, or a better investment, making the moving process easier on your wallet and the earth.

Get Free Boxes from Local Businesses

Businesses in your community are constantly receiving shipments of products and inventory, and oftentimes they’re happy to give them away to local individuals who could use them. Ask around in your community or check in with office supply stores, bookstores, or grocery stores to see if there are any cardboard boxes up for the taking.

Get Free Boxes from Your Neighbors

People are constantly moving in and out of homes and apartments, meaning that there’s probably someone out there with a pile of cardboard boxes they’d like to give away. Try posting on social media or looking for listings on Craigslist, Nextdoor, Buy Nothing groups, or community Facebook pages.

Use Other Sturdy Containers

Cardboard boxes are far from the only container that works for packing. Many containers you already have around your home also work as packing supplies, including suitcases, and clothes hampers. Even furniture like dressers can be packed with lightweight items inside for transport.

However, relying on plastic trash bags is not always the best idea, as they can easily rip and spill your belongings during the moving process. Plastic totes and bins are also not recommended, because they can easily crack, chip, and even shatter when stacked in a moving truck.

Rent Moving Boxes

In some cities, companies exist that allow you to rent your moving boxes and other supplies for a period of time, providing an option that’s both cost-effective and eco-friendly. It’s worth checking if this is an option in your area.

Save Cardboard Boxes from Orders

If you know you’ll be packing your belongings for a move soon, start to save cardboard boxes from any online orders or packages that are delivered to your home. These boxes will likely not be a uniform size but are a great way to avoid paying extra for new packing materials and reuse boxes that are almost brand-new.

Alternatives to Packing Materials

Although cardboard boxes might be the most important moving need, packing materials like bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts are also often used to protect fragile items during transport. However, using newspaper or linens, fabric, and towels you already have on hand is just as effective and represents a cheaper and more eco-friendly alternative.

Reuse or Recycle the Moving Boxes You Do Use

Wherever you source your cardboard boxes for moving, make sure to reuse or recycle them after you’re finished using them. If they still have life left in them, share them with friends, family, or neighbors who could use them. Otherwise, make sure to place them in your nearest recycle bin.

Professional Moving Services in New Mexico and Nevada

If you’re planning a move in the future, let Slater Transfer & Storage make your experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We specialize in providing high-quality packing, transport, and storage services with fair prices and great customer service. You can even purchase all your moving boxes and packing supplies directly from us to make things a little easier during your move. 

Whether you’re moving across the country or across town, our team of professional movers can help ensure your belongings make it to your destination safely and efficiently. Contact us to learn more or request a free quote.