Congratulations, home owner, you just got the keys to your new place! Now all that’s left is that delightful matter of packing and moving your crap. Sure, you can go the ol’ Garbage Bag and Boxes from the Liquor Store route, or you can realize you don’t live in a frat house any more and need real, sizeable moving containers that won’t be mistaken for trash. Alas, buying new cardboard boxes is surprisingly costly – and while recyclable, it’s hardly a great move for the environment to keep producing and trashing cardboard. So what’s a classy, budget-minded, and eco-aware person in transition to do? We’ve got the answer!
For my very recent move, we contacted a local service called Green Your Move. They’re a company that lets you rent out sturdy plastic bins, tubs and wardrobe containers for a very fair price – less than what it would cost to buy cardboard boxes of the same size. What’s even better, is that Green Your Move comes to you – delivering the bins to your current address and then picking them up a week later (or more – you can choose different timing options) from your new address. Green Your Move even provided a little mini dolly that the boxes easily stacked onto.
We found their services to be easy to arrange (we ordered our boxes online), prompt, courteous and very reasonably priced (we received 15 boxes for under $90 through a promotion). Plus, with a deadline of a box pick-up ticking down just a few days after we moved, we were motivated to actually unpack all our stuff immediately, rather than let boxes languish in the corner of our basement for a month (or, heh, year). We would hands-down use them again in the future (but hopefully in the not-so-near future; moving sucks regardless of how great the boxes are!).
Green Your Move is a Toronto-based company – but there are several different businesses that provide similar services across the US and Canada such as Frogbox and RentAGreenBox. A quick Google search can likely find a company in your city. If you know of one (and especially if you’ve used one) feel free to let us know about it in the comments.