The green movement is here and it’s not going anywhere. Businesses and people are becoming more conscious than ever before. And it can be easy too. If you’re moving and want to help reduce waste, here are some tips. You might actually be doing some of these things already. 

Find Green Movers

If you’re thinking of using movers, find eco-friendly companies. Take a look at what they offer, do they offer reusable containers or recycled materials. Make sure to ask how they dispose of their packing supplies. The moving industry can be wasteful but supporting those who make a difference is a huge help.

Carefully Plan What You’re Moving 

Don’t pack at the very last minute. This might be a no-brainer but here’s something else to consider. If you pack at the last minute, you’ll likely take everything with you. The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to sort what you have. You’ll have time to donate and sell what you don’t really need or want. This means you’ll use less materials come the day of the move and hopefully your movers won’t need to make multiple trips. 

Start With The Containers You Have

Before you buy boxes, consider the containers you already have. This is also a good time to clear out unwanted or underutilized items. If you have large plastic storage bins, start packing with those. You can also use suitcases to transport your clothes. Instead of using paper or bubble wrap, use pillows and clothing to secure fragile items. You’ll be able to consolidate your things with zero waste. 

Need More Materials

If you still need materials for your move, there are ways to be green. Go to local business and see if they’re willing to give you their unused boxes. They’ll likely just throw them away so it never hurts to ask. Also consider buying recycled boxes. UsedCardboardBoxes.com collects boxes that are going to be disposed of due to misprints and overruns. They pack them into moving kits which can be cheaper than buying new and also eco-friendly.

But no matter where you get them, make sure to recycle them after you use them. Give them to a friend, set them aside for your next move, or pass them on online. 

Make The Fewest Trips Possible 

Whether you’re renting a truck or hiring movers, make sure you make one trip from your old location to your new home. Consider everything you’re moving and plan your trip wisely. This might go without saying but it’s absolutely crucial to provide your moving company with an accurate inventory list so that they assign the most appropriate truck size. This avoids multiple trips which use more fuel. 


The end to this nightmare is near! Well almost. You’ve planned, prepped, and prepared but maybe there’s still some things you have to do. If you’re moving in a week or so, you’re probably tired and anxious. Hopefully this will help you get you to where you want to be. 

Pack the Essentials 

We recommend an emergency box. We all plan to unpack the moment we get to the new place but the reality is we end up doing it over time. It’s ideal that you pack a box with your essentials for the first few days. Think about everything you might need before you settle in, like coffee, bed sheets, towels, toiletries. After moving, it’s absolutely recommended that you rest and recharge before you unpack. You’ve earned it!

Pay Remaining Bills and Close Accounts

This is especially important if you’re moving long distance. You’ve probably canceled or transferred services. If you’re closing any accounts, make sure they’re all paid to avoid being charged for your utilities after you’ve moved out. 

Confirm your Movers

Make sure to call and confirm your movers once more. Confirm the arrival times, update them on parking, and ask any lingering questions before the big day. It never hurts to be too prepared. 

Prep the Furniture

Depending on what services you requested, you may need to disassemble furniture. Most movers will take care of the disassembly but if they aren’t, now is the time to do it. 

Finish the Packing

Maybe you’ve started, maybe you haven’t. Either way, this is a good time to assess what still needs to be done without feeling rushed. Its best to finish early on, leaving less to do the closer you get to the move date. Remember to label boxes and indicate which room they belong too. This will speed up the unpacking process as well. 

So you’re moving out of a rental or apartment. It’s not always an easy task. Here is a checklist of things you have to do and should do anyway to avoid last minute fees. Be sure you know the details of your lease and your rights. 

Take a look at your paperwork

You probably signed a lease when you moved in, now is a good time to take a look at it. Make sure you know the details of your arrangement before you do anything. It will help you approach your exit plan. It also lays out what you are responsible for at the end of your rental arrangement and what you are entitled, like your deposit.

Considering breaking a lease? 

It’s usually not ideal to break a lease before its up as the penalties can be quite high, usually one to two month’s rent. If you need to break a lease, brush up on your local rental laws as they’ll shed some light on what kinds of conditions you can break a lease under. Be sure to stay in communication with your landlord to avoid any tension. Typically the easiest way out of this difficult situation is to pay the fee but do your research in order to approach your specific case. There are non-profits as well as lawyers who can help.

Be diligent, leave your rental spotless

As mentioned above, deposits are a big issue. If you want to guarantee that you get your deposit back when you move out, leave your apartment in perfect condition. Clean and then clean some more. You usually get inspection reports along with your lease. The report is usually completed before you moved in to ensure you aren’t held responsible for pre-existing damage. If you have pets, be extra thorough. You can also hire a cleaning company if you’re short on time or want a professional job done. 

Move day to-dos

While these are good general tips, it’s especially important when moving out of a rental as there is always a new tenant guaranteed after you. Maybe you hired movers to take care of your boxes and furniture but always remember to check every room thoroughly at the end. Be courteous of those moving in after you. Remove and dispose of all garbage, especially food. Be sure to leave your keys in the apartment or with the landlord to avoid any trouble.    

The good thing to keep in mind is that people do this all the time, and so can you. All you need is a little bit of knowledge to ease the transition. Move into your new home knowing you’re all set.  

Preparing to move an office or business is no easy feat. It will be a complicated and intense juggling act. Preparation and organization is going to be key if you want the move to be successful. Here are some tips to help get you through this move as smoothly as possible.

Set as schedule and stick to it

Determine your schedule, like when you have to be out of your current location. Depending on how much stuff you have, you’ll probably need a few days to pack and move everything out.

Include your staff and assign tasks

Get your staff included in the move process early. An office move can have a lot of moving parts and tasks can easily be forgotten, it’s just too much for one person to handle. A move committee can help organize and prepare for the move. Have the committee review the tasks and assign roles if needed. They can be in charge of researching and securing movers or coordinating and designing the new office layout.

Have a plan and communicate

Set up a plan that will ensure employees are kept informed of every step in the process and moving plans. Be sure to communicate clearly with any clients and suppliers you may have, keeping them up to date during the move so you can stay open and in business during the transition.

Hire movers

Be sure to do some research and secure knowledgeable and experienced movers. It will be key to moving everything safely and smoothly. Determine budgets and quotes and compare them. Ask movers if they’ve done office moves before as it will help narrow down the choices. It may take awhile to determine which one is the right fit so start contacting movers early on in the process.

Hire packers, if you can

If your budget is flexible, consider hiring professional packers to. This will save you and your staff from having to pack some of the more difficult communal spaces. While the packers take care of everything else, your employees can pack their desks and offices.

Prepare the new space

Determine what the new location needs to ensure that there isn’t a gap in service. Talk to your new landlord as well as your service providers to set up appropriate telephone lines and network infrastructure. Determine and finalize layout as well.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it will give a good start to the moving process.

Maybe you’re not the most organized. Or maybe you always plan ahead. Regardless of how well you prepare (or don’t), moving is a really stressful experience that will throw you more than a few curve-balls. It’s crucial to be as prepared as possible to ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are some tips the most organized among us swear by. While you just never know what will happen, these tips will give you a good foundation to take on any challenge.

Use a notebook and stay organized
Whether it’s a notebook or a folder, get something to keep all of your important paperwork related to the move. It can be the central hub where you can place any inventories, checklists, budgets, and quotes for movers. If you consolidate all the moving parts, it’ll help you from feeling overwhelmed. If you’re more comfortable with a digital platform, the Moved app can also help keep everything organized.

Get boxes and start labelling
It’s never too early to start getting boxes. The sooner you start preparing, the less you’ll have to do towards the end. If you’re a procrastinator, we suggest jumping right in. It will definitely feel strange but you’ll be much more relaxed throughout the whole process. Get boxes, start placing them in each room, and label accordingly. It’ll help you remember what’s inside and it will also let the movers know where they go at the new location. Computer labels, stickers, and even just a marker will work just fine.

Plan the layout
If you’ve found your next home or apartment, make sure everything you have fits by pre-planning the layout. You’ll need a tape measure to make sure you have all the correct measurements. While it might sound like a lot of work, it’ll pay off in the end. It’s better to know you’re couch doesn’t fit ahead of time rather than on move day.

In an ideal world, you have plenty of time to pack and coordinate a move. But life isn’t always that simple. Sometimes apartments don’t work out or new job opportunities force you to relocate quickly. While moving on short notice is difficult, it’s not impossible. So here are some tips to help you prepare and execute a last minute move.

Book the movers or a truck immediately

Whether you’re hiring movers or just renting a truck, do it quickly. As soon as you know you have to move, call around. If it’s short notice, finding availability at a moving company might be rough so any bit of time helps. Movers are usually just as eager to fill a spot as you are to move. In any event, secure a truck just in case you can’t find movers in time.

Start packing, be ruthless

Last minute moves can be stressful, especially if you’re a procrastinator. You won’t have the time or the luxury to contemplate what you will and won’t take. Be ruthless, as much as you possibly can. If you don’t need or want it, toss or donate. The smaller, more contained your move is, the less daunting it will feel. Then start packing immediately. Don’t think too much, just place items into boxes where they fit. Be diligent and organized, and always remember to label boxes.

Be honest and request packing if needed

If you’re really strapped for time, hire movers to do the packing as well. They will make sure furniture is taken apart and properly wrapped. Frames and pictures will be taken down and packed securely. Boxes will be labeled and sorted according to room. They will handle everything. Just be sure to be open and honest with your movers. Be upfront and let them know you need packing services so they don’t show up unprepared. While packing services are an additional expense regardless, it will be less stressful and more efficient if everyone knows the job ahead of time.

If you live in an area where all four seasons make an appearance, most people take the opportunity to move in the summer. While no one likes moving in the winter, sometimes it’s necessary. Moving is already a stressful task but the winter months can bring on unexpected weather and of course, snow. It’s important to be prepared so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Preparing Your new Home

Make Sure Utilities are Set Up
While this is a good general tip regardless of the season, be extra sure that they are set up if you’re moving in the winter. If you have access to your new location ahead of the move day, stop by and make sure your everything is working, especially your heat and water. Winter days are colder, shorter, and get darker sooner so be sure you’re ready to go when you move in.

Clear the Snow
Make sure the sidewalks, driveways, and alleys are clear at your new home. If possible, stop by the new place to make sure snow is removed and free of ice. Be sure to salt before the move day as well.

Check for Parking
Always make sure there is parking available for the moving truck. This is a good general tip but can be more cumbersome during the winter. It may mean you have to coordinate with your neighbors so be sure to give them plenty of time to adjust on their end.

Preparing Your Old Home

Clear the Snow
Don’t forget to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, and driveways of your move out location. Salt thoroughly to avoid any accidents and damage to your home, furniture, or movers. The parking area should be clear as well. Let this be the first thing you check on move day.

Protect the Inside of Your Home
Moving in is generally a fast process but the move out will take a bit more time. Be sure to prepare the inside of your move out location and new place by putting cardboard or plastic in high traffic areas to protect from snow, ice, and water. Secure whatever you do place on the floor to avoid anyone from tripping.

Stock up on Winter Supplies
Keep shovels and salt on hand in case it starts to snow. You might have these items already so just make sure they don’t get packed. In any case, keep an eye on the weather so you can act accordingly.

Have Hot Drinks Available
Moving is rough regardless of the weather. If you’re moving yourself or have hired movers, make sure you have hot drinks available for everyone. It’ll help keep morale up and get the job done, especially is we approach the dreaded winter months.

You did it. You packed up, moved out, and you’re ready for the next chapter. Except, there are a few things you need to do when you move into your new space. While the hard part is certainly over, now you must face all the logistical details that go into moving before you can truly relax.

Set up your utilities

Don’t forget to set up your utilities before you move in. While it might not seem as important as packing and moving out, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place and realizing your lights don’t work.

Clean your new space

Take advantage of the empty state of your new space. The whole moving process has probably left your new home dusty with so many people walking in and out. It’s also a great time to make cosmetic changes like painting or adding new fixtures before you arrange all of your belongings.

Check on your appliances

If you moved any appliances such as a stove or washer and dryer, double check to make sure they arrived safely and that nothing was damaged.

Check your boxes and furniture

Also take a look at your boxes and furniture, making sure everything arrived and nothing looks damaged. You can conduct a quick home inventory before unpacking completely. If something is damaged, contact your movers immediately to resolve the issue as efficiently and stress-free as possible.

Make sure you’re getting your mail

Check your post office or your old residence to make sure your mail is being forwarded and that you’ve registered your new address. This is also a great time to update your accounts and personal records to reflect your new address.

Now you’re ready to unpack. Be sure to rest, take breaks, and take your time settling in.


For most, packing and moving is a necessity. You have to do it and you will, several times over the course of your life. Whether you have thought about it or not, the moving industry is an industry of waste. Considering the amount of bubble wrap, tap, and boxes purchased, a move only adds to the crisis happening on our planet. Most of the materials are used once and discarded. While some items can be recycled, the nerve-wrecking process of a move often overrides our best intentions and we don’t always follow through. But there are ways to reduce waste in the moving industry, here are some tips on how you can too.

Start Planning Early

Once you know you have to move, figure out what you do and don’t want to take with you. Instead of waiting a few days before and having to throw most of your unwanted items in the trash, start planning early. Drop them off at donation centers, start listing the items you want to sell online, or give them away. Your items will find new homes instead of adding to our landfills.

Consider Reusable

Once you begin the packing process, consider using plastic reusable bins. Take inventory of the ones you have first. This option will also eliminate the need for tape. If you go through or don’t have reusable options, reach out to local supermarkets or stores for boxes. While each place is different, most will be happy to let you take the boxes of their hands.

Go Unconventional

To keep your fragile objects protected, consider skipping the bubble wrap and packing paper all together. Use your soft items instead, like linens, clothes, and towels. These items have to be moved anyway so let them have another purpose as well. If you have to use other packing materials, there are environmentally conscious products available such as biodegradable packing peanuts and recycled packing paper.

Think Green

If you’re looking to get movers, be sure to research eco-minded companies in your area. Some have reusable bin options or are conscious of the packing material they use. As long as you’re willing to do a bit more research, you’ll be surprised how many do take the environment into consideration.


While packing books seems like an easy task, here are some tips to help with the process. This will ensure books make their journey safely and you can check this portion off of your to-do list.

Sort and Donate

This may be a good time to sort through your books and create categories for what you want to do with them. While there are some you may want to keep, there are others you are less likely to read again or ever. Second-hand stores, school libraries, and used book retailers are all great places to leave the books you no longer want.

Get the Boxes

Try and find boxes that are sturdy and if you can, it’s better if they’re new. Or if you’re going to utilize used boxes, just make sure they aren’t damp as the moisture can damage your books. Be sure to use strong packing tape and secure all sides to avoid the boxes from falling apart.

Packing Securely and Safely

While it’s tempting to pack all of your books into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. While you might think that having the least amount of boxes will speed up the process, often times it doesn’t. If they’re too heavy, they might require two people to carry them or they might need to be repacked into several lighter boxes, which will definitely take more time. If they’re too heavy for you to maneuver, they’ll likely be too heavy for the crew. You can also use packing paper to secure loose items and fill in any gaps as the contents might shift as they’re moved around.

Arranging them in the Truck

If you have movers, they will likely access the contents of your home and pack the truck accordingly. If you’re doing this yourself, be sure to pack any book boxes on the floor of the truck. The books can be heavy and in order to avoid them from toppling over, it’s best to pack them at the bottom so they don’t cause damage to the furniture.

Long Term Storage

If you are taking your books and leaving them in a storage facility for an extended period of time, make sure you find a facility that is dry and cool. If possible, find a place that is inside a building and is climate-controlled as well.