How To Reuse Old Cardboard Boxes

Published on , in Going Green, House Removals.

Waste not, want not. Old packing boxes are a prime example of everyday items that can be reused for alternate purposes. While it’s possible to keep them stored for a rainy day, there are plenty of other uses for our cardboard friends. Here are our personal favourites - from ones we’ve made ourselves, to inspirational stories we’ve heard from customers.

Build A Cardboard Fortress

It’s no secret that moving house with children can be challenging. Not only do you have to move all their things, you also have to keep them entertained in what’s understandably quite a boring process. With no toys to play with and distracted parents, it can be a testing time. 

Kids love fortresses, and we’re pretty sure parents do too! The best catharsis from a house move is to turn those dull cardboard boxes into objects of the imagination. Build castle walls, keeps, gatehouses and moats - go wild!

Store, Insulate and Forget All About Them

If you’ve got a loft, why not kill two birds with one stone and store your boxes upstairs? Not only does it keep them out of sight until you need them, it also helps insulate the property and keeps your heating bills down. The same goes for bubblewrap, foam peanuts and other sorts of packaging. You’d be amazed at the money you can save from such simple household hacks.

Paint & Renovate Into Useful Items

Cardboard boxes are often seen as dull, unsightly and objects of clutter. It doesn’t have to be! A lick of paint, some reinforcements and a bit of imagination can transform your boxes into legitimately useful household items. Consider the following household items with a new, cardboard colour palette:

  • Laundry basket
  • Filing cabinet
  • Canvas board
  • Compost bin
  • Magazine rack
  • Jewellery box

If In Doubt, Recycle

With all the above in mind, sometimes we just feel like throwing the old stuff away! If this is you, then remember to make use of York’s recycling scheme. Old cardboard boxes make useful recycling bins, as you can throw them out lock stock and barrel. A big house move should see you through many months of easily disposable recycling.

If all else fails, give it to the cat…

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