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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste When Moving

The process of moving can create a lot of waste. Follow these tips to limit the waste and make your move as eco-friendly as possible. With all the packing and cleaning and other processes involved in moving, a lot of waste is created during the event. However, it’s very easy to reduce that waste to save you time, stress, and money.

Follow these easy tips for reducing waste when moving to make things simpler and more efficient for you.

Tips for Reducing Waste During a Move


Decluttering before you move is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it save you time and money when it comes time to move and saves space in the new home, but it also reduces waste as you go. Take the time to go through everything before you start packing. Recycle, donate or sell anything you no longer want.

Make your own natural household cleaners

You can save money, reduce waste, and lessen the chemicals in your home by making your own DIY natural household cleaners to use while you are moving. For a simple spray cleaner, mix one cup vinegar and one cup water into a spray bottle for a gentle, natural deodorizer that will dissolve dirt, soap scum and hard water stains. For a glass cleaner, mix one cup rubbing alcohol, one cup water, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar into a spray bottle.

Use what you have

When packing, there are a variety of items that can do double duty as packing containers and wrapping. For example, you can store items in your washer and dryer and suitcases (heavy books are great to pack in luggage with wheels). Instead of bubble wrap and packing peanuts, wrap fragile items and fill in empty spaces in boxes with blankets, towels, and old clothes.

Host a yard sale

A yard sale is a great way to pick up some extra cash while clearing out anything you no longer want or need before moving. Do some research to find out when people in your area are most likely to be out shopping at garage sales (some communities even have special yard sale events). Click here for more tips on holding a successful yard sale before a move.

Recycle packing supplies and boxes

Once you are done moving, be sure to recycle all packing supplies such as boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap. You can donate it to someone else who is moving soon or recycle it so nothing is wasted. In fact, before you buy packing supplies, check to see if anyone in your neighborhood is trying to get rid of their boxes and packing paper to save you money and keep waste down even further.

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