What to Do With Used Boxes?
There is a profound moment of relief when the last box is finally unloaded. The house has been unpacked, the house move is over, and your new life in your new house can begin. As soon as you breathe that sigh of relief, a new reality set is a mountain of cardboard boxes with no home.
Not only did it take so long to get boxes for moving, but now you have to think up a way to get rid of cardboard boxes. And, for a headache tracking down all of the boxes for a move can entail, it can be a lot tougher to get rid of boxes for moving.
St Albans Removals handled our fair share of cardboard boxes in our day, so here are a few simple hacks for lightening your post-move box load.
How to get rid of boxes after moving
After unpacking after moving house, you’re left with a lot of boxes. So, just throw them away. That’s a pretty easy solution, especially if they won’t be of good second use. If the boxes aren’t in good condition after the move, your best bet is to throw them away with the rest of the rubbish.
For that, you need to tear them down to small pieces and place in a garbage bag (or two). There is no problem to even throw them in the mixed garbage bins, as cardboard decomposes completely for about two months. So, no serious problems with the environment.
If the boxes are in good condition after the move is over, you can always re-purpose them, by giving them to people who might need them.
- Give away to friends. The best thing you can do is organise a garage sale so everyone can come and see what you’re offering. Your neighbours will be very happy to receive some cardboard boxes. It doesn’t even have to be for moving, people will always find a good use for them. Most of the time if for their pets (usually cats).
- Give away online. With the era of social media, it’s all too easy to send out a message online, and box seekers will find you. You can offer your boxes as freebies on famous UK websites like Gumtree, Freecycle, Freegle and many more.
- Give away to colleagues. Another great option is to let people in your office know. If your workplace employs more than 100 people, there will most probably be a colleague that desperately needs your boxes.
- Give away to charities. We’d wager our weight in cardboard that people from charity organizations would make very good use of cardboard boxes for moving, especially if you still have heavy-duty ones. If these two options don’t get the results you’re after, contact your local charity shops and they’ll be happy to have them.
- Sell back to the shop. If you bought your pack of boxes from a shop, you might check out if they have a return policy for unused boxes. If you bought more boxes than you needed, you can return the unused ones and get some money in return.
- Sell on eBay. The easiest option to sell second-hand goods to just about anyone in the world. You need to register and make sure to be obvious to people where you are. If someone from the other side of the globe is interested in your boxes, it would be troublesome.
- Sell on eBid. This is a UK version of eBay. The interface is similar and uploading your boxes for the whole country to see is easy.
- Sell on CQOUT. This is an auction website that would accept your offer, but maybe boxes won’t be something people would get hyped in bidding.
- Sell on Preloved. Another auction website especially for the UK.
- Sell on Gumtree. Well, Gumtree is not just for freebies. You can use to sell just about anything first and second hand.