What to Do with Your Moving Boxes After You Move

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There's nothing quite like the feeling of finally being settled into your new home after a long move. But once the unpacking is done and all of your boxes are empty, you might be wondering what to do with all of those moving boxes taking up space in your new place.

Sure, you could just throw them out, but where's the fun in that? So, what should you do with all of these boxes? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to recycle or reuse them so that they don't end up in a landfill. Instead, get creative and find a way to recycle those boxes, so they don't go to waste. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

5 Ways to Reuse Your Moving Boxes

1. Give Them Away. 

There's bound to be someone you know who's about to move or who could use some extra storage space. Why not give them your used moving boxes? Chances are, they'll be more than happy to take them off your hands.

You can even donate them to charities. Some charities will accept donations of used moving boxes (and other supplies). Call around to see if any organizations in your area could use them before throwing them away!

2. Reuse Boxes for Storage.

Just because you're finished with your move doesn't mean you have to get rid of all of your boxes. Cardboard boxes are great for storing seasonal items, holiday decorations, out-of-season clothes, and more. If you have young children, they can even use them to create forts or playhouses. Get creative!

If you are looking to reuse the boxes for storage purposes, here’s where you can use them.

Garage Storage: In the Garage - Cardboard boxes are great for storing seasonal items in the garage. Just make sure to label them clearly, so you know what's inside.

Attic Storage: Boxes are also great for storing holiday decor or other items you don't use very often in the attic. Again, be sure to label them so you can easily find what you're looking for when you need it.

General Storage: One of the best ways to maximize space in your bedroom is to utilize the space under your bed. Store out-of-season clothes or other items you don't use very often in cardboard boxes and slide them under your bed. You can even get creative and decorate the boxes to match your room's aesthetic!

3. Sell Them.

If you're feeling entrepreneurial, you could always try selling your used moving boxes online. You might be surprised at how many people are willing to pay for gently used moving boxes. OR you can also sell them at a local waste paper scrap shop. They are always willing to buy such boxes, no matter what the condition is.

4. Upcycle Them.

Got some extra time on your hands and feeling crafty? Why not upcycle your moving boxes into something new? With a little imagination, those boring brown boxes can be transformed into works of art, furniture, or anything else you can dream up. Need some inspiration? Check out these creative ideas.

Boxes Into Storage Containers

One of the best things about upcycling your moving boxes is that you can turn them into storage containers for all of your belongings. 

Boxes Into Furniture

Got a lot of big boxes leftover from your move? Put them to good use by turning them into furniture! Cardboard chairs and tables are surprisingly sturdy, and they make great temporary furniture for kids' rooms or college apartments.

Boxes Into Wall Art

If you're looking for a more creative way to upcycle your boxes, why not turn them into wall art? You can use old newspapers or magazines to create unique patterns or designs on the cardboard or even paint them directly onto the boxes. 

5. Use Them to Start a Compost Pile.

If you're into gardening, you can use cardboard boxes to start a compost pile. Cardboard is made from paper, which means it will break down over time and add nutrients to your soil. Just be sure to shred the cardboard first, so it doesn't blow away in the wind.


Don't let your used moving boxes go to waste—recycle them instead! Whether you give them away to a friend, sell them online, or get creative and upcycle them into something new, there are plenty of ways to make sure those boxes have a second life. So what are you waiting for? Get creative or get busy!

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