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Moving is a hard process all by itself and planning a sustainably or eco-friendly move can be even harder. If you are wondering how to move sustainably you have come to the right place. Moreover, if you read our article you will have the best moving experience. All you need to do is to make a good plan and follow it. Your movers can also help you with your sustainable move. The best thing you can do is to maintain that sustainable standard once you move to your new home. Without any further ado let us get started with an easy moving guide on how to move sustainably.

How to move sustainably? – 101

Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand for natural resources. If you this is part of your lifestyle you won’t have any problem relocating sustainably. However, if you are planning on starting this lifestyle by moving to a new apartment we will help you during the process. All you need to do first is to find the best eco-friendly movers NYC has to offer and give them all moving details. Moreover one of the most asked questions is which moving supplies you should use. Here are some tips you should keep in mind:

  • Make a plan and stick to it. A good plan will help you ease your moving process. You will need to make on no matter what moving method you are going to choose. Furthermore, planning will help you with eliminating waste and not buying more moving supplies than you need.
  • Hire an eco-friendly moving company. You need to have movers that are on the same page with you. If you have movers specialized in eco-friendly moving that will assure you to have a stress-free move. Therefore, read the reviews online to have a better inside into how they perform an eco-friendly move from a house to an apartment and vice versa.
  • Declutter your home. This step will help you prepare your home for a sustainably moving process. By selling or donating belongings you are not going to use anymore you will have an easier packing process. Moreover, it will be a good step towards an eco-friendly moving process. Also, making a yard or garage sale will help you earn some extra money.
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Having a good plan will help you have a stress-free move.

Tips and tricks for packing

The first thing you will need to have is packing supplies. Second-hand or rental moving boxes are the way to go if you are planning a sustainable move. You can easily find them online or ask at a neighborhood grocery store if they have some boxes they are willing to sell you. They are going to recycle them either way so that will not be a problem. Also, keep in mind that for the eco-friendly move you should choose cardboard moving boxes instead of plastic ones. However, if you choose the rental option it doesn’t matter if you are going to use plastic bins or cardboard moving boxes, either way, you will return them at the end of your unpacking after the move.

However, there are some amazing tips for packing your wardrobe. You should roll up your clothes instead of folding them that way you can use some of them as protection for your fragile items. The same goes for towels. Use them to fill up your boxes with fragile items in order to protect them. This is an eco-friendly solution for protecting them. Moreover, you won’t need to use bubble wrap and other dissolving materials.

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You can always use old newspaper to protect your fragile belongings.

Yet another thing, you should pack your kitchen last. That way you will not have to use plastic cups plates and you will get rid of exes food. Prepare your last meal in your old home, wash your dishes, and pack them into the boxes. Use your dishcloth to protect them from breaking in transport. Also, do not forget to label them as fragile.

How to move sustainably – storage solutions

You should think about storage solutions if you have a lot of things you are not ready to sell or you don’t have space for them in your apartment. Inventory storage is a good thing to have especially if you are moving into a smaller apartment. Also, you can always store items you are not using that often. For example, the storage unit is a good place to store winter sports equipment and other things you don’t know where to put in your new home. If you are looking for storage you can also ask your moving company to recommend one.

If you do not have enough items for storage ask your friends with rental storage units to share it with you. You might need to store your items just for a day or two. Sharing storage with a friend is a good option. However, keep in mind that you will need to pay half of the rent for your belongings to be stored at the same storage unit. Explain to them the situation you are in and we are sure they will be more than happy to help you.

How to unpack after the move

When your belongings arrive at your new address you will need to unpack. However, there is a question of what should you do with packing supplies after the move. If you have a lot of cardboard boxes you are not planning to use anymore you can either sell them or recycle them. Plastic bins can be used as storage for your belongings and you can easily reuse them if needed. Also, if you have suitcases your friends and family give you to help you pack, do not forget to give them back. Keep only things you will need the rest can go to recycling. That way you will have eco-friendly unpacking.

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Try to maintain a sustainable lifestyle after your move

When you are finished with unpacking try to keep a sustainable lifestyle. We hope this article will answer all of your questions on how to move sustainably. If you need more information feel free to contact us or your moving company. Good luck with your move.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011