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11 Smart Things You Can Do with Used Moving Boxes

11 Smart Things You Can Do with Used Moving Boxes
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We moved into our current house a few years ago, and as you can imagine, we used a lot of cardboard boxes. Still to this day, some of those boxes are full… For the ones that we actually emptied, we ended up putting them in our curbside recycling.

While curbside recycling is a great option for your used moving boxes, it’s not the only option. In fact, there are plenty of other options that might be even better in your situation. You can even make a few bucks off of them, if that’s what you’re after.

In this article, I’ll give you some ideas for repurposing or getting rid of your used moving boxes after you no longer need them.

What to Do with Used Moving Boxes

Once you’re settled into your new home and have finished unpacking, it’s time to do something with all of those boxes. Don’t worry; you have plenty of options. Let’s take a look at some of them below.

1 – Reuse Them

The first thing you should consider after you’ve emptied your moving boxes is whether or not you can find another use for them. If you need to repaint the walls in your new home, it might make sense to break down the boxes and use them to protect the floors.

You could also use them in part of your garage to protect the floors from oil and other chemicals.

2 – Give Them to the Movers

If you used a moving company, consider donating them to the movers. There’s a good chance that they can either reuse the boxes or recycle them for you. Either way, they’ll be out of your hands and put to good use.

3 – Compost Them

If you have an area on your new property to compost, you could add your cardboard boxes to your compost pile. Cardboard provides your compost with carbon, which contributes to the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.

Keep in mind that you’ll want to break down the boxes and add them slowly over time, which means they’ll need to be stored somewhere in the meantime.

4 – Use Them in the Garden

Another great use for cardboard in your yard is to create a weed barrier around your plants. Since cardboard will break down over time, you can simply lay your cardboard down on the ground under a thin layer of dirt to stop the weed growth in areas where you don’t want them.

5 – Recycle Them

A common way to get rid of unneeded cardboard is to recycle it, and it’s a great option if you have a bunch of empty boxes left over after moving. If curbside recycling isn’t an option for you, call around to see if a local recycling center has a drop off area where you can take your boxes.

6 – Start a Fire

If you have a fire pit in your new backyard, it might make sense to simply burn your cardboard boxes. However, you need to keep a couple of things in mind when doing so. One, never burn cardboard that’s coated, as it might release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

Also, be careful, as the wind can potentially take a burning piece of cardboard away from the fire pit.

7 – Build Something

If you have kids or pets, use some of your cardboard boxes to build a fort or resting area. As most people with kids already know, they often prefer a cardboard box over an expensive toy.

Cats also love to hide or sleep inside of, or on top of, cardboard boxes. You might not need very many boxes for this purpose, but this should take care of at least a few of them.

8 – Donate Them

If you’re in the giving spirit, it’s very likely that you can find someone to take the boxes off of your hands. Call around to moving companies, local schools, and charities.

Just about any place that transports a lot of items or does a lot of craft work will be more than happy to take your boxes.

9 – Give Them Away

Along the same lines as above, you can simply give away your boxes to a friend, relative, coworker, or neighbor. You might not move to a new house very often, but there’s a good chance that you know someone else that’s getting ready to do so.

10 – Sell Them

If you paid for your boxes, you might want to earn a bit of your money back when you’re done with them. Thankfully, there are plenty of places where you can sell your boxes locally. Some examples are through Craigslist or BoxCycle.

11 – Keep Them

Last, but definitely not least, you can simply hold onto your cardboard boxes (assuming they’re still in good shape). One of the great things about cardboard boxes is that they can easily be broken down to lay flat, taking up a relatively small amount of space.

Cardboard boxes are great for storing and organizing things, especially in your basement or garage. If all else fails, you can simply hold on to them until you either move again or find a better use for them.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are tons of great ways to get rid of your used moving boxes when you’re done with them. The best option will be different for everyone, so look through the options above and pick the one that makes the most sense in your situation.