When you start packing for your move, it can be tempting to buy all new boxes, tape, and other supplies. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with buying good-quality packing materials to store and protect your items. But before you run to the store, check to see what you already have around your house that you can use. You might be surprised at how many moving supplies you already have! By using what you already have, you don’t have to waste your hard-earned money.
You can usually find boxes for free from local businesses or on Craigslist. Just make sure you get a variety of sizes to fit all of your belongings. And, if you have old boxes you’ve used for other things, you can also use those boxes to store a variety of things.
2. Packing Peanuts
Instead of buying packing peanuts, you can use old newspapers or towels to fill in any empty space in your boxes. This will save you some money, and it’s a great way to recycle!
3. Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap is great for protecting your fragile items, but it can be a bit pricey. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use old towels or blankets to wrap up your items instead. If you have some paper lying around, you can also use those. Just make sure to use enough to properly wrap and protect your belongings. Otherwise, you might be greeted with damaged items.
If you already have tape lying around, there’s no need to go buy some more. If you don’t have any, then you can ask your friends or neighbors for them. If you really have to buy some, visit a local store for the lowest prices. Just make sure you get a good quality tape, so it doesn’t come undone during your move.
5. Furniture Sliders
Furniture sliders are great for moving heavy furniture, but they can be a bit pricey. You can make your own furniture sliders by using old socks or towels. Just make sure you tie them securely, so they don’t come undone. And, of course, don’t use anything you do not want to be damaged.
Pillows are great for protecting your fragile items, and by now, you should have a couple lying around. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use old towels or blankets to wrap up your items instead. That said, with the pillows, you can store items inside of it, giving your item a nice cushion to protect it from other items while still being fully wrapped around!
So, as you can see, there are a ton of things you don’t actually need to buy. There are a ton of cheaper or even free alternatives, and with some creativity, you can essentially use just about anything to meet your packing needs. So before you head to the store to buy packing supplies, take a look around your house to see what you already have that you can use. You might be able to save yourself some money!