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When the move is over, empty moving boxes and other packing materials will be throughout your home. And you thought that the days before the move are chaotic. To help you with the first days in your new home, we have created this guide. This will give you an idea of how to use the extra packing materials. Follow these tips and you will use your packing materials wisely until your home finally becomes free from chaos. Here are the top five solutions to your problem!

Save it for your next move

Before you start planning how to get rid of excess packing materials, stop for a second. Did you know that the average American moves about 11 times in his life? You are probably wondering why we are telling you this. Well, that’s easy. You might be moving again soon. We do not say that this will happen in the near future, but it is likely that this will happen. And when that time comes, you will want to be ready. So, if you want to avoid the process of finding moving supplies NYC, you should keep the ones you already have. Thus, you will be ready for the next move.

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You might find some of them quite useful to you

Keep in mind that if you decide to keep the extra packing materials, you will need to find the best place for them. So if you have a garage, put everything down, but assemble it correctly. You do not want to create chaos in your new home in the first days after moving. However, some of you live in a small apartment or house without a garage. If you are one of these people, you can always find storage NYC next to you and put your packing materials in it.

Use it as storage

One way to use the remaining materials is to create storage containers from them. If you get packing and unpacking services NYC, be sure to tell your movers about your plan. This way, they will focus on keeping your packing materials free from damage during unpacking. And if you decide to unpack things yourself, you should be especially careful. It is impossible to use one cardboard box as a storage container if it was damaged during the move. Do not forget to decorate the cardboard boxes that you will use. With the right design, you will be able to place these boxes in each room, and no one will notice that these are your remaining boxes.

DIY Project Plan

After moving with Upper East Side movers, you should take a little time and think about how to personalize your new home. If you’re the type of person who loves arts and crafts, you’re in luck! The remaining packing materials are great for small DIY projects. You can create many different things.

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Here are some ideas to help you become crafty
  • Wall art – wrapping paper and packing materials can be used to create stunning wall art. Using them, you will make sure that your home is unique.
  • Holiday decorations – no need to buy Christmas decorations every year. Instead, just use the extra packing materials and create all kinds of decorations. Gather your family and get them to work together. This may be your new Christmas tradition.
  • A small enclosed labyrinth – if you have children, they probably felt forgotten while moving. However, you can make up for the move simply by playing with them after moving. You can create an internal maze for them or for your pets … or maybe for all of them?
  • Dollhouse – The construction of a dollhouse is probably the most popular way to use the remaining materials. But don’t forget, the dollhouse will be perfect only if you build it with your children.
  • A bed for animals is an easy but very useful project. You can create a cozy place for your furry best friend in no time.

Hand over the extra packing materials to others

If you do not want to save packing materials for the future move and do not want to use them for small DIY projects, transfer them to other people! You’ve probably heard of the Craigslist NYC network. This site will give you the opportunity to find people who need packing materials. However, consider whether you want to sell it or give it away for free. If you decide to sell it, keep in mind that you will not get a lot of money for it. But hey, every penny matters!

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Keep our planet safe and dispose of extra packing materials as much as you can!


You probably already know that you can donate your unwanted belongings before the move. What you probably don’t know is that you can donate some things after the move! Of course, we are talking about packing materials. There are many organizations that will gladly accept your donation. Try to find those that are closest to your new home, donate whatever you want, but make sure it is not damaged. Thus, you will be able to get rid of unnecessary packing materials while helping others.


If you are interested in environmentally friendly moving, you should dispose of packing materials in that same way. Just recycle it! Cardboard boxes and packing materials are easy to dispose of. But you should pay attention to the separation of plastic materials from them. For example, wrapping, padding and other plastic materials. These materials can be recycled, but you send them to the plastic recycling center.

These are just some of the ways you can use your extra packing materials. We are confident that after reading this article you will find other ways to use them. Choose what to do with them and enjoy your new home!

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