As you start unpacking your things after moving into your new house, you’ll quickly realize that the packing materials are starting to take over the space. If you don’t find something to do with them, you’ll have another problem on your hands: lack of space due to overwhelming packing materials. So what can you do with them besides throw them out?
You could decide to simply keep all those boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts until you need them for something else. Here’s what you can do with them.
Keep any cardboard boxes that have survived the move intact. To optimize storage space, flatten them out and store the cleanest ones in your basement, closet or attic. Use one of the intact boxes to store all the other folded ones. Use the flattened ones for floor and wall protection, as cardboard backings for framed art, and as cardboard costumes, playhouses, castles, mazes, forts, space ships, and puppet theaters for your kids. Your pets will love to play inside the boxes too. Get creative on a rainy day!
Consider keeping all packing paper that hasn’t been damaged or stained during the move. Store them inside clean plastic bags, and seal them to guard against dust, moisture, and bugs. Slightly damaged packing paper is ideal for covering floors, walls and furniture if you are tackling a repair or renovation, especially when it comes to painting a room. Chances are, you will still be storing some of the fragile items you brought with you. Keep them in the packing paper and store them away someplace safe.
Bubble wrap is quite expensive so don’t throw it away unless it has been damaged. Bubble wrap can be repurposed for a variety of art projects, such as bubble wrap painting, and it can be used to insulate your home (doors and windows) or your delicate plants during the winter months. If you have a lot of nice handbags, shoes and boots to store, stuff them with bubble wrap so they don’t lose their shape. At the very least, popping bubble wrap can be a great stress reliever.
On top of storing them for your next move, you can use those versatile packing peanuts to form drainage systems in your flower pot bases. They can also be used for various projects around the house, such as garland for the Christmas tree, holiday wreaths or other hanging decorations. Always supervise the use of packing peanuts with kids, as they can be choking hazards.
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