You’ve finally unpacked that last moving box – hooray! There’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment after nearing the end of your home buying adventure. And while it’s great that all those items have been unpacked and put in their new places, the question is – what do you do with all those empty boxes? Here are our best tips for unloading (or scoring) used moving boxes in the San Diego area.
Offer them on BoxCycle
Have you heard of BoxCycle? This website is the place to go to sell your used moving boxes. Simply list the number and sizes of your boxes, decide on a price, and your boxes will be marketed to those in the area who are shopping for used boxes. Of course, if you are getting ready to move, this is also the place to go to score the boxes you need. There’s no reason to throw out or recycle boxes if they can still be used, and BoxCycle lets you reuse them while they still have life.
Post them on Nextdoor
When you move to North County, get yourself an account on your local Nextdoor site. Nextdoor is a social network that allows you to connect with other people in your specific neighborhood. Once you’ve been verified, you can post your boxes on Nextdoor – either for free or for a price, your choice. Not only is it a quick and easy way to unload those boxes, but you also get to meet a new neighbor. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
List them on Craigslist
If you’re posting your boxes on Nextdoor, you might as well put them up on Craigslist as well. Many people use Craigslist to buy and sell used items, and it’s the go-to place for unloading used moving boxes. You can either list them for a price or put up an ad in the free section. There’s a general site for San Diego that allows you to post your items specifically for North San Diego County. It won’t take long before some lucky person scoops up all those empty boxes for their own move.
While each city has their own specifications for curbside recycling, most of them will take your used moving boxes. Usually, you are required to break the boxes down and either tie them together or put them in the recycling bin. To find out exactly what is required in your city, call the local recycling center and be sure to ask if the boxes are recycled or if they end up in the landfill. To be on the safe side, you can take your boxes to the Miramar Recycling Center.
Reuse them at home
If you’re crafty, you can reuse or repurpose many of those empty boxes around your home. Make an awesome fort for the kids out of those wardrobe boxes, or a new bed for your cat. There are oodles and oodles of ideas online for repurposing cardboard boxes into stylish décor for your new North County home. You can even use them in the garden to sheet mulch new beds or to make planters. Your imagination is your only limit!
If you’d like more information about buying or selling a North County San Diego home, please click here or call 760-758-1211. The Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team is here to help!