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Ways to reuse your moving boxes

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Relocation brings forth plenty of tasks, obligations, and challenges, a mixture of which can leave almost everyone completely confused and stressed out. Luckily, there are plenty of quality moving companies Oakville Ontario that can help anyone in need. If you choose the right one, all you will have to do is settle into your new home at your own pace. And one of the things that you will have to deal with is reusing all the moving boxes you are left with. For that endeavor, however, you have us, and some of our great ways to reuse your moving boxes.

Fold and save for future use

Remember how you were looking for quality moving boxes Ontario has prior to your relocation? We bet that the search was not so fun, and you would most definitely not want to go through that again. It is with that in mind that we would advise you to keep the boxes you have used for your relocation. You never know when you may need them for a sudden relocation. Folding them is a three-step process, and, in such conditions, they are super easy to store.

stacked cardboard
When stacked, your cardboard boxes will be super easy to store and safe for future use.

Recycle them

Howbeit, you may be certain that the need for those boxes will not arise again. After all, the moving company did such a great job of moving you that you are pretty settled in already. If this is the case, we whole-heartedly invite you to recycle them. Not only will you get rid of them, but you will also do so in a rather environmentally friendly way. And isn’t that a good deed for the day? So, don’t throw them away into mixed garbage, and don’t burn them. Locate those containers with cardboard and paper signs, and dispose of them properly there.

Creative ways to reuse your moving boxes

While the previous ideas regarded boxes as nothing but that, here we will discuss more creative ways in which you can use these items. After all, they are rather versatile in their original use, as well as in their potential.

  • Make Halloween decorations. The holidays are just around the corner. You don’t want to be caught off guard by not having enough material to make all those spooky decorations. Since cardboard is super easy to work with, whilst it has structure and can provide support, you will find it simple to make a skeleton or any other kind of figure.
  • Use them to make gift tags. You can regard Halloween as an introduction to all other holidays. And as we enter into the final quarter of the year, it is not that early to think about Christmas and New Year season. You will probably have to buy loads of presents and pack them each separately. And this is where the creative way to reuse your moving boxes comes into play. Not only can you use them for packing, obviously, but you can also create name tags, so as not to mix all those gifts.
A cardboard tag, showing one of the ways to reuse your moving boxes
Why buy tags when it’s super easy to make them?

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  • Make toys. If you have kids and are now in a dry spot when it comes to their toy ideas, here is your creative boost. You can spend time together, making a fortress, or anything else of that sort. The cardboard won’t hurt your child, as it is rather flexible. Together, you can create a whole bunch of DIY cardboard toys, and spend some quality time together.

Use the boxes to make decorations

If you need some decorations for your desk or walls, cardboard can be a good solution. As you have now come to realize yourself, cardboard is a great material to use for all kinds of decorations in different shapes. You can make some crafts and figurines. For example, you can cut out a ”happy birthday” inscription, and let it hang from the ceiling. Simply let your imagination go, and see where it takes you.

Practical ways to reuse your moving boxes

Perhaps those creative ways to go about your leftover boxes are really not your cup of tea. And that is perfectly fine. You can still take a look at these more practical ways in which you can find your boxes just the perfect material for your current needs.

Keeping your floors unscratched

You will do this by cutting small pieces of that cardboard, and place it under your furniture, or just under its legs. The point is to cushion the contact between the furniture piece and the floor. This idea will be most useful when you want to move the things in your home. By placing cardboard beneath the contact points, you will not scratch your floor, and still, move the objects freely.

Protecting the floor in times of renovation

Whenever you have some kind of messy job to do, things like painting the walls, refurbishing, etc, you can make use of your moving boxes as a cover for the floor. While all the residue of work can end on the cardboard, your floors will remain clean and intact. In addition, if you know an artist or car mechanic, or you are one yourself, cardboard boxes can serve this purpose even more.

Great for pets

If you are a proud cat owner, you will be glad to know that you can use your cardboard boxes to create scratching pads. If, however, you have a dog that lives in the yard, placing some cardboard on the floor of its kennel is a good idea. Just make sure that you change it frequently.

Two cats playing with a box
Cats are generally rather fond of boxes.

Reuse your moving boxes for storage material

Just because your relocation is over does not mean you won’t need any of those boxes anymore. There are still items you don’t use on a daily basis for which you will need containers before placing in your storage, cellar, attic, or garage. So, here is yet another one of the ways to reuse your moving boxes. Just make sure that you label them so as to be able to find the things you need later on with ease.