Any move to a new place, whether it’s local or across the country, typically involves all types of packing materials — from boxes donated by a friend or co-worker, to purchased wardrobes, to specialty crates.

The excitement of finding a new home is often paired with a huge question in the end: What do I do with all these extra boxes that it took to move my stuff with me?

By simply taking time to clear and properly remove the boxes from your new home, you’ll be well on your way to eliminating clutter and enjoying your new space.

Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • What might I like to store or ship in the near future? Smaller boxes make excellent care packages and are also great for gift-giving or general-purpose storage. Consider setting some aside for your own use.
  • Am I planning another move in the next 6 to 12 months? If yes, consider storing some boxes yourself (or with a trusted friend or relative nearby, if you’re lacking space) to plan for an upcoming move.
  • Who in my sphere of influence could use some packing materials? As someone comes to mind, think about donating the boxes, dish tissues and/or packing peanuts to a friend or loved one’s moving cause. They will probably be far more grateful than you know!
  • Are there any large items that truly would be better off in their original packaging? Chances are good that whatever you have could be found again in the future, if needed. The beauty of working with a professional moving company is that large or unusual-size specialty boxes are always available, so take some of the guess-work out of your head space (or the garage!), and consider letting it go.

Pay It forward

Another option is to try donating the packing materials and boxes to a local non-profit of your choice. (If you’re new to western Pennsylvania and don’t have a charity in mind, consider contacting a local school social worker for a nearby agency they could recommend.) Or, try selling or donating items via social media through a community or neighborhood group post.

No matter if you store the boxes, donate, or sell them, there aren’t many reasons to hang on to the packing materials. Feel free to toss them, as they’re relatively easy (and inexpensive) to obtain again for your next move!

Planning a move to (or within) Pittsburgh? Our team of experts is available to help! You can contact us online, or give us a call at (866) 252-2383 for a free in-home quote or virtual estimate.