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How To Reduce Waste During A Relocation

How To Reduce Waste During A Relocation

In the previous article, we shared tips on how to pack eco-friendly. As the topic stays extremely relevant, we’ll now describe how to produce less waste during the whole moving process. Purge Before Packing. Decluttering before moving is more useful than you may think. From a practical point of view, fewer possessions to move to mean less packing supplies. But not only this, by cleaning your house you can settle a healthy habit which may lead to less consumption and spontaneous purchasing. Plus, it’s always easier to move with fewer items in your household, and we relocate a lot during life. Reuse Packing Supplies. If you have some old cardboard boxes, you can flatten them and protect the floor during loading and loading. It’s safer not to use them for packing again, as cardboard is a flimsy material, and may get damaged if used multiple times. That’s why using plastic moving crates is a better option. The plastic is very sturdy, so they can be in use hundreds of times before being replaced. It’s also very efficient from packing and loading perspective as they have handles on each side and dollies for stacking. Recycle What You Can. Check with your local recycling center what exactly you can bring them. But in general, among the packing supplies, it’s possible to recycle plastic, cardboard, and paper. Pack Tightly To Use Fewer Boxes.  It doesn’t mean that we advise to overload boxes, but if you pack trying not to leave empty spots in a box or suitcase, you will save some supplies and protect fragile items from breaking. Another idea is to use your...
How To Pack Eco-Friendly

How To Pack Eco-Friendly

After months of the global pandemic, stay at home rules and protecting ourselves with faces masks and gloves, how much we hurt our nature? Imagine that the world population has been wearing one or two masks per day for a few months, and no one can say for long it will continue. That’s why it seems to us now is the time we make a change in every way possible.   Cardboard vs. Plastic Boxes Maybe you asked yourself a question of how many cardboard moving companies use, especially in our country, where people change their city residence multiple times in their lives. Cardboard is indeed recyclable, but to produce, it takes lots of trees to cut. Unfortunately, we can’t grow trees as fast as we use boxes. That’s why we suggest trying something else. Our plastic crates are incredibly sturdy and have a double layer at the bottom, which let us use them hundreds of time before replacing. Cardboard, on the other hand, is a single time use tool.   How To Reduce Other Packing Supplies Use? At the stage of relocation planning, it may be hard to evaluate how much supplies it will require precisely. That’s why at BluBox-It, we created packages that are based on an average house or office size. Together with moving bins, you’ll receive custom dollies; each can fit four or five boxes. For additional lid security, we bring you zips. To differentiate the plastic crates by rooms, you will get labels. To reduce plastic use during packing, try to avoid or cut bubble wrap and use it only for the most breakable things. Instead,...
4 Things We Easily Forget Before Moving

4 Things We Easily Forget Before Moving

You may plan a relocation half a year in advance or two weeks, and still, you can’t avoid something going not according to the plan. What’s more overwhelming, no one predicted this year is coronavirus pandemic! And it makes everything more complicated. In these conditions, it’s almost impossible to keep everything in mind, so we prepared this list of easily forgotten things before moving.   Things To Double Check For Packing: Important documents; Valuables; The medicine you take regularly; Clothes at the dry cleaner; Items from storage; Keys.   Whom To Notify About The Address Change: The post office; Tax agencies; Wi-fi provider; Utility provider; Social Security; Bank; Insurance providers; Employer; Other financial agencies; Subscriptions and online stores; Friends and family.   Schedule A Relocation With A Moving Company. If you decide to go for a safe option for hiring movers to help you relocate, it is essential to appoint the date as soon as possible because the time before moving may impact the price. Consider that during the coronavirus pandemic, there are additional precautions every moving company should take. And also you to take care of your health and the moving crew’s. If you don’t see which rules the company is following on the website, it’s worth checking with them online or via a call. These days many movers switched to online estimation instead of doing it in person. Check with a moving company if it’s possible.   Take Care Of Packing Supplies. We would advise not to choose re-used cardboard boxes as it’s impossible to disinfect them. Safer would be to order new cardboard boxes or rent...
What Will Make Your Moving Day Stress-Free?

What Will Make Your Moving Day Stress-Free?

Why moving has to be such an exhausting process? Because it’s a lot to do and plan, and we know how little we can rely on nowadays. If it happened to be necessary to move during the COVID-19 pandemic, more things than usually might go wrong. But there are still ways to prepare better and experience less stress on a moving day.   Pick Your Moving Team. It’s one’s choice to move on his own, rent a truck, or hire a moving company, depends on the requirements. If it’s a long-distance move, the moving company would be a smart solution. In this case, you won’t have to think of loading. Usually, people would ask their friends or family to help with loading. But now it’s safer if they stay home.   Plan Rest Time. That’s common to finish the preparations as early as possible, but it doesn’t necessarily mean being productive. Packing in a rush may lead to overwhelming, which is the opposite of the article’s purpose. It also may make you miss some crucial steps, quickly forgotten by many people when they move. E.g., notifying about you address change or canceling wi-fi contract.   Take Care Of Packing Supplies. You may require various supplies, but the main ones are boxes, of course. If you at the step of choosing which type to buy, check our plastic moving crates. They are incredibly easy to use for packing, carrying, and loading. Because we provided them with handles and designed to stack on a dolly, the dollies will arrive together with the bins. It will save space in your house and...
Everything You Should Know About Plastic Moving Bins

Everything You Should Know About Plastic Moving Bins

In the pandemic, it seems natural to use plastic crates for moving as they can be easily sanitized to avoid very contagious virus spread. If you go for this option, we’d like to describe everything you want to ask about using our plastic boxes.   Is It Safe To Use During COVID-19? Safety is, probably, the most critical question nowadays. We cleaned our moving crates before the pandemic after every use, and now we sanitize them according to the current instructions and requirements.   How Do I Know How Many Boxes To Order? It’s pretty simple, and you don’t need to calculate anything as we created packages depending on your household. Check here for a residential move and here for corporate relocation.   Do I Need To Find Other Packing Supplies? It depends on specific of your possessions, but together with plastic bins, you will receive a custom dolly, especially for BluBox crates, you can out four or five on each dolly. You will also get zips for keeping lids from opening and labels for faster unpacking and arranging at your new house.   We also offer other packing supplies: – BluBox-It Wardrobe boxes if you want to keep your clothes in a perfect condition after moving; – BluBBox-It Eco-Friendly Packing Paper, which is made of 100% recycled material. You can use it combining with our sturdy moving boxes for fragile things or separately for whatever needs you may have. – BluBBox-It Bubble Wrap, which suits the same purpose as packing paper, but more secure for exceptionally fragile items. Other questions: If you need to keep our moving crates for...
Why To Choose Plastic Boxes During The Pandemic?

Why To Choose Plastic Boxes During The Pandemic?

If you are planning a relocation and wonder which packing supplies to choose, we prepared this text to help you make the right decision. The choice is between cardboard and plastic boxes. Before the COVID-19, many people would prefer to save money and find re-used cardboard boxes, but the current situation is different, and who knows if it will be a safe option again. Let’s see why it’s a better idea to choose plastic crates for packing during the pandemic.   Helps Avoid The Virus Spread. There are various reasons to go for plastics crates for packing in general, but now it’s even more critical. In times of coronavirus still being very dangerous, disinfection becomes an essential attribute of maintaining ourselves healthy. It’s said that the virus can be contaminating on surfaces for hours and even days. There’s no way to disinfect the cardboard without damaging it, but it’s not problematic with plastic. Don’t forget to sanitize other surfaces at your home regularly and before the moving crew comes for loading.   Reduces Harm To Environment. “How is that possible?” you may ask, but imagine, how many times can we re-use plastic bins vs. single time of cardboard? Producing cardboard and paper requires using lots of nature’s one of the essential resources, forests. Whereas plastic bag, e.g., initially, was invented to reduce harm to our environment precisely because it can be used multiple times. It’s not the time to postpone care of our nature, imagine, how much of waste the world added with months of using face masks which have to be replaced regularly? But as it’s necessary to...
Does Downsizing A House Simplify Your Life?

Does Downsizing A House Simplify Your Life?

People go for a smaller house for different reasons, and sometimes they are not so positive. But if you think of it objectively, it is a way to a better life. Americans are the nation that moves during life much more than Europeans, for instance. The reason is pretty simple; The US is an immense country, and often people move cross-state chasing a better life staying in the homeland. So let’s see what the advantages of having a smaller house are.   As mentioned before, we move across the country a lot. As a result, having fewer belongings allows you to be freer to relocate for better job options or other reasons. In our over-consuming era, we don’t notice how much unnecessary things we buy for no reason. When you start preparing for moving, there is a good chance you’ll be shocked how much stuff you don’t remember buying or using in the last half a year. Going for a smaller house or apartment lets you save on bills. There is simply nothing to add; it’s convincing enough. Also, it’s much easier to take care of a smaller household and to reduce the stress connected with it and have more time for something more exciting. If you have some extra possessions which can’t fit your new house or an apartment, paying for storage sometimes can be cheaper than renting a more spacious home. Having a smaller household lets you avoid compulsive purchases, so basically, the new conditions shape your consumer behavior. It sounds like the easiest way to keep your budget safe. Changes are suitable for our self-development. It’s...
Is It Possible To Make A Relocation Safe?

Is It Possible To Make A Relocation Safe?

Many people had to move despite the lockdown, and it was still possible with more precautions taken. It added more stress to the moving process, which doesn’t seem like holidays during usual, “pre-corona virus” time. But now life is getting back to normal step by step, more and more businesses are getting reopened, realtors are getting back to showing houses, the market is getting back to work. So if you need to move across the states, it should be easier, but don’t forget that the pandemic is not over, and your health is the highest priority. To ensure you keep it that way, get to know what actions will help you. Avoid Used Boxes For Packing It would be much cheaper to get used boxes for free, but now it’s not the time to save on your health. As it’s a well-known fact that the virus is contagious from surfaces, try to find new packing supplies. Probably, the safest way would be to use plastic crates, which you can rent, because it’s easy to disinfect them, unlike the cardboard boxes. Also, they are reusable, which makes them less harmful to the environment. Choose a moving company carefully There are particular rules for moving companies on how to avoid the virus spread, so it’s worth checking it first with a company you are going to hire. You should ask this type of questions: Which rules precisely do they follow? How their moving crews trained? What kind of personal protective equipment will the moving crew have? What are you required to do on a moving day? Will the moving team have disinfectors,...
Best Ways to Clean & Pack during Pandemic

Best Ways to Clean & Pack during Pandemic

One of the most common (and often googled) questions these days are about the spreading of coronavirus. How can we get infected? How long does the virus survive on surfaces? What is the perfect cleaning solution for it? These questions are particularly of importance for the ones who are in the middle of packing during a pandemic – yes, we know you exist, too. If you are not in the position to postpone your relocation – whether it’s a residential move or a commercial one – you need to get acquainted with the ways to pack professionally, yet do it in a sanitary manner. Let’s check it out together! How does the COVID-19 transfer? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most probable way of spreading the virus is through direct, close contact with the infected person (i.e., if the person sneezes or coughs in your direction) – that’s why social distancing is crucial. However, there is also a possibility of getting infected by touching the contaminated surfaces and then touching your face, mouth, or nose – that’s why you should wash your hands! How to clean the surfaces? Even though the study is not yet confirmed, it is believed that the virus can ‘survive’ on surfaces like plastic or stainless steel up to three days. This is why it’s crucial to clean the surfaces with the solution that contains at least 70% alcohol. We strongly advise wearing disposable gloves while touching the surfaces. If you are packing your belongings, make sure to sanitize all the surfaces with an appropriate cleaner – pay close attention...