Going, Going, Green: How to Lower the Impact of Your Move


| 6/9/2017 9:45:00 AM


Tags: sustainable living, home improvement, moving, Megan Wild,

Moving takes planning and a lot of organization, so you may think going green when moving just adds more stress and planning, right? Actually, it isn’t difficult to go green when packing and moving your belongings, and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

Plan Ahead

You can’t just decide one day to throw everything on a truck and move. It takes preparation to get organized so the move goes smoothly. You’ll likely have time to prepare, so at least 2 weeks before moving, start making plans for an easy transition into your new place. Also, consider some greener alternatives for moving, like finding used paper boxes instead of new ones from the shipping store.

Don’t Try to Take It All With You

Moving to a new location often means making a new start, so it’s the best time to donate items you don’t want or use. While packing, go through your closets, garage and attic, then either have a yard sale or donate. Get the family involved in deciding what they don’t want or need and designate an area for things to sell, items to donate and any recycling.

When you lighten your load, you reduce the amount of gas and money used to relocate. And, when you recycle, you’re doing your part to reduce pollution.

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