Everything You Need to Know About Packing Supplies When Moving House

What You Need to Pack and Move

Whenever you're moving your family, one of the first things you need to do is to create a list of packing supplies. Find out what you'll need to pack and move your house, including information on types of boxes, where to find boxes and what to do with supplies after you've finished moving.

  • 01 of 05

    Which Supplies You Need and How Much?

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    Nothing is more frustrating than when you start packing your household, and suddenly realize you're out of packing tape, your spouse forgot to save the morning newspaper (again!) and the bubble wrap has provided hours of entertainment for your dog, who has left pink plastic shreds all over your living room floor. After taking a deep breath, you trudge out to the supply store and discover they no longer sell the box sizes you need and their packing tape is on back-order.

    Why not take stock before you even begin to pack, determining what is needed, how much is needed and where the best place to purchase your supplies might be. Do you have time to go from store to store or is it better to order everything online and have it delivered right to your door?

  • 02 of 05

    What Kind of Boxes Do You Need?

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    Getting the right moving box isn't going to make or break your move, but it will help to ensure your stuff arrives at its new home all in one piece and it may save you some time, perhaps some money and a few days stuck on the couch with a sore back or strained muscles from lifting boxes that are too heavy or too cumbersome to manage. So find out what kind of boxes are available, what you might need to move your stuff, then get packing.

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    Is It Okay to Move With Used Boxes?

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    While moving with used boxes is a great idea, using used boxes does depend on the stuff that is being moved. If you can find good used boxes, then not only are you saving yourself money (and who doesn't need more of that these days?), but you're also recycling; saving the planet from even more waste.

    It can be a win-win for everyone. So, check out this FAQ to decide if used boxes will work for your move, plus find out where to get some without spending any money.

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    What to Do with Boxes After You Move

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    If you've just moved, you're probably inundated with moving boxes. In fact, you're probably so tired of boxes that the thought of birthday or Christmas presents makes you shudder.

    Take heart. While boxes have ruled your life for the past few weeks (or months), there are ways of ridding your home of all that cardboard while, at the same time, limiting your impact on the environment.

    Continue to 5 of 5 below.
  • 05 of 05

    How to Recycle Packing Peanuts

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    Packing peanuts are a nightmare.  They're hard on the environment and get all over the place. Try to avoid them as much as possible, but sometimes they get into your home through online purchases or because your husband thought they'd be useful for packing his beloved wine glass collection.

    So if you find yourself knee-deep in these pesky peanuts, don't lose heart. Instead, check out this article on what to do with all those peanuts.