Finding green solutions in every situation can be hard, but for moving your community can make it easy if you know where to look and know what to do. Follow these guidelines for moving responsibly for the new tenant in your old place, for your community and most importantly for your environment.
Sorting through your things can be liberating but more importantly, it gives you a chance to give your unwanted items and become a treasure for another needy individual. Check out your local charity or donation centers.
Electronic Recycling, or eCycling, is a wonderful and easy chance at moving green. According to the EPA, over 100 million pounds are recovered and reused every year from eCycling. Doing this reduces the manufacturer’s needs for making new parts and products. For more information on eCycling, visit their site.
Once you are moved out, cleaning out the nooks and crannies can be annoying, but just knowing that doing it responsibly can be rewarding enough in itself. Using homemade vinegar based products and solutions can provide you with incredible cleaning power and is safe for the homeowner. Also, mixing in Grapefruit Seed Extract can help in making a solution even stronger.
Your moving company is prohibited by law from shipping hazardous materials such as paint, drain cleaner, batteries, antifreeze, gasoline, motor oil, pool chemicals, rodent spray, etc., so you will need to dispose of these materials in a safe manner. Call the local collection facility to find out what the requirements are for proper disposal.
Finally, if cleaning your house after a long moving day doesn’t sound that fun, you can always hire a green cleaning service to give your house a final cleaning. There are plenty of green cleaning services there to be of service.
Organizing your unit can really make a huge difference in your move. Being able to leave your unit knowing that your items are properly stored, labeled and accounted for can leave you feeling confident that your things are safe, organized and clean. Follow these guidelines and your storage unit will be one less thing to worry about in your move.
Cleaning: Before you start moving anything in, make sure to clean up spills, cob webs and other messes. Remember, you are going to be storing your things in this unit for some time and want things to be set up on clean surfaces and spaces. Vacuuming and laying down protective floor coverings can allow your things to stay clean and safe.
Large Furniture and Appliances: These items are the first to go in (protected in their plastic covers of course). Make sure when these items are placed in your storage unit that they are at least an inch away from the walls to allow proper circulation for your space.
Boxes: That’s right, now it’s time for the stuff. Your boxes should all be approximately the same size. This makes things much easier for stacking and re organizing/moving your storage unit items. Make sure more importantly to label all of your boxes. This way your boxes are easily accessible and they are easily recognized in your storage unit.
Stacking: When you are stacking your boxes in your storage unit you should start by putting them on top of furniture and appliances whenever possible. This will maximize your space efficiency. However make sure not to stack boxes too high otherwise you could be creating a dangerous situation.
Inventory: Now that you are done with all of the manual labor, write everything that you have stored in your unit down in an inventory list. The number of boxes, furniture items and appliances should all be items included in the list. Keep the inventory list, the insurance policy for your storage unit and contact information for your storage unit in a safe place to ensure that you will have quick and easy access to your things. You never know when you are going to need any of this information.
Moving is overwhelming, we empathize with you on that but since we are here to help you with this process, we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible into your new home. Cleaning is a whole other story that we do not like to get involved in. Even though we do not provide any type of cleaning service, we will provide tips on cleaning products and quick easy tips to help your house look spickety span.
When cleaning mirrors or windows, use coffee filters because they do not leave any cotton residue on the surface.
The kitchen sink can harbor more bacteria that the floor of your bathroom. Stick to natural cleaning products, we suggest a vinegar based solution.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and is also awesome for scrubbing and unclogging drains.
To make a homemade furniture polish, we suggest mixing about ½ cup of olive oil and 1 cup lemon juice.
Speaking of furniture, if you find candle wax hardened on any surface, use a hairdryer to melt it and wipe any excess wax off the surface.
To get that unwanted pet hair off clothes, bed linens and other pet covered areas, mix a teaspoon of fabric softener with water in a spray bottle to create an anti static solution.
A good rule of thumb to abide by when cleaning is to remember not to use any harsh chemicals on any surface or anything you eat from. When cleaning the microwave, we suggest using white vinegar as a natural solvent. How to get off baked on foods we suggest using plain old, baking soda.
Lemon, baking soda, and vinegar are all inexpensive gentle cleaning solutions and will keep your home smelling and looking fresh and will not take a toll on your bank account.
However, there are many cleaning solutions that cannot be made at home to get the best and cleanest results. For those, we recommend 7th Generation products as well as Shaklee’s products.