Spring - The Best Time To Move

Yes, it is true that we often don't have a choice on which Season to move in, but if you do, let me advise you that Spring is the ideal time of year for those lucky enough to be able to choose, At least for those of you moving locally.

So why is Spring such an excellent time of year to move? Weather is on your side: Scorching hot days or winter blizzards can put a damper on even the best thought out moving efforts. Mild temperatures will surely make for a better moving experience.

Availability: A moving companies availability is likely to be better as this is the time right before their busy season. People think that summer is the best time to move so why not beat the rush and get ahead of the crowd?

Kids are still in school: The thing that I like best about the fact that kids are still in school is the few hours a day that I have to plan and coordinate with my movers without having to worry about entertaining the children. 

Be summer ready: Summer is a great time of year to relax and enjoy outdoor life with family and friends, it is also a time when a lot of people want to take holidays or visit family, so it seems a bit intrusive to have to move during this period as well. Plan your move early and be ready to have your housewarming party just in time for summer!

Ways To Recycle Your Moving Boxes

You did it! Your move is done, and you've managed to unpack everything. But what do you do with all of the moving boxes? If you want to avoid seeing all of those boxes go to waste, we've come up with helpful ways for you to recycle moving boxes after your move and put them to good use.

1 Re-Purpose The Boxes For Home Use:

Before trying to find a way to get rid of your boxes, think about the possibility of keeping them. Would you be able to use them in your home? You might need sturdy boxes for storing winter clothing, holiday and seasonal decorations or maybe you just want to keep some for future donations to the food bank, your local library or bottle drives. 

2. Ask Your Neighbours

Many communities now have Facebook Groups and community centers; these are both great options on where to offer up your boxes. Take this chance to be an angel to someone else and don't forget that what goes around comes around. Your neighbors will surely appreciate the kind gesture, and you might even make some new friends!

3. Ask Your Community Centre Or Local Charity

Your neighborhood community center might be able to use them; local charities are also great places to check, why throw your boxes away when you can do some good by just offering them to someone who might be able to use them. It might take a bit of time, but a few calls will let you know if they need them or not.

4. Put Them On Kijiji

Remember when you were looking for boxes? Well someone out there is looking as well. Kijiji is a fast and easy way to post items for sale or to give away, and it's free!  If you are in the US, you can try BoxCycle which allows you to sell your boxes the easy way. 

5. Your Local Recycling Program

The City of Calgary has great advice on how to recycle your used boxes. They suggest using your blue cart or your community recycling depot. If you live in an apartment, townhouse or other multi-family complex, cardboard boxes should be accepted in your building's recycling program.

6. Aim For The Starts

Feeling crazy ambitious? Build your kiddos a super cool cardboard box playhouse. We found this great post: 16 DYI Carboard Playhouses. Don't forget to have fun!