Today, everyone’s looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. You’re stuck with all of these empty boxes once you’ve unpacked in your new home, but you want to more than merely recycle them.
No problem! Here are some ways to put those boxes to good use after moving day.
- Trick or treat. If you have kids, you might have had so much on your plate during them move, you’ve forgotten about their Halloween costumes. Never fear, the boxes can save you! You probably have a decent range of sizes, so get to work creating their costumes using the boxes as a base, or put your kids to work to do it themselves. A big enough box can make a great ice cream truck or tractor, while identical twins would make a great set of dice! Get creative, and hit the internet if you are at a loss for ideas.
- Storage. Why buy expensive storage totes, when these boxes will fit the bill perfectly? Of course, if you’re storing things in a damp basement you might want to rethink this, but an attic, closet, or storage unit can accommodate boxes nicely without harming the contents. Take all of your boxes and break them down for storage, and anytime you accumulate stuff you feel like putting away, just pull out a box and reassemble it.
- Laundry basket. Re-purposing at its finest – you can even cut some handles on the side to carry it from your room to the laundry room!
- Filing cabinet. If you have a lot of papers to file, you don’t need to spend money on a fancy filing cabinet. Just grab a box and store important paperwork in boxes! This is a great way to store instruction manuals to your electronics and appliances, tax documents, and even family photos. Just make sure that they cannot be damaged by moisture.
- Imagination encouragement. These days, it seems kids just don’t have imaginations like they used to. When they’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day, just dig out some boxes and let them go to town. I remember as a child when my friends and I would play Barbies and turn cardboard boxes into shopping malls, tacking clothing “on display” to the sides of the boxes. Large boxes become forts, and boys will turn any size box into a vehicle. Encourage them to unplug with a box!
- Car organizer. Even if you don’t have kids, chances are the trunk of your car could use a little organizing. A box is a great way to keep your antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and spare quarts of oil from rolling around willy nilly, and can keep a spare blanket and other emergency supplies exactly where you need it.
- Gift box. Why purchase expensive gift boxes this Christmas when you can just recycle a moving box? Skip the wrapping paper and let the kids paint them up festively!
- Light box. If you enjoy photography, you can use a box and some white paper or tin foil top make a makeshift light box. This will allow you to take stunning still life pictures, whether your latest culinary endeavor or pictures for a product you sell in your Etsy store. This is especially handy in areas where inclement weather makes it impossible to put natural lighting to use.
- School projects. Whether a science project for the science fair or a diorama for history homework, there comes a time in a child’s life when they will require a cardboard box for some kind of project. Have these on hand, and you’ll always be prepared, sparing yourself from last minute trips to acquire a box!
- Makeshift table. When I was a broke college student and short on table space to display candles and other fun stuff I had acquired, I simply turned cardboard boxes upside down and covered them with a pretty sheet acquired at the thrift store.
- Floor saver. Looking to spare your floors, but need to reorganize the furniture in the room? Don’t purchase expensive felt pads – cut custom floor savers from your cardboard boxes. Your floors are scratch-free, and you don’t have to spend a dime!
- Harvest collectors. If you grow a vegetable garden or have fruit trees, you can use a box to collect your fruits and vegetables ripe for the picking.
- Oil spill protection. Have a slow leak, and can’t get your car in the shop for another week or two? Just slip a broken down box to catch the drips in order to protect your garage floor or driveway.
- Pet bed. Your cat probably loves your empty boxes anyway, why not throw in a pillow or some soft bedding and let her use it as a pet bed?
- Shipping. If you have a lot of long distance relatives, you’ll want to hold onto those boxes just to reuse for shipping out gifts and other things. Much better than buying the boxes at the post office or office supply store!
If you are looking for movers in Fort Collins, give us a call. Not only are we movers in Fort Collins, but we also have storage space for rent. Call us for a free moving quote, or ask us about a free moving quote on Facebook. When it comes to movers in Fort Collins, Exodus is your best choice!
Moving companies in Fort Collins like Exodus move people from all over the world to and from this area, so we’ve seen a lot of exhausted people post-flight, and we’ve also been on a lot of flights. Even though airline companies try to make flights as leisurely as possible, you can’t do much about the recycled dry air and other things happening on a flight that will cause you to look beyond terrible once you leave the plane.
As one of the top moving companies in Fort Collins, we thought we’d give you some in-flight beauty tips – so that you can feel as good as you did at the beginning of a flight when the flight ends.
- Do not wear heavy makeup on the plane. Your blush will run, your mascara will smudge, and your foundation will start feeling stuck mid-way. If you have to wear some makeup, keep it simple with just some smudge-proof mascara and maybe a bit of blush. Trust us, this is not the time to wear foundation.
- Make sure to have moisturizer on hand. Before the flight, moisturize with a thick moisturizer, and do the same during and after the flight. Your skin will be dried out from all of that stale air, and you’ll look much better if you moisturize properly.
- Keep your hair in mind, and add some leave-in conditioner to the ends of your hair before the flight. Also, try wrapping your hair up on top of your head before you leave, since leaving it down will result in a dry frizzy mess.
- Drink a ton of water. Did you know that Virgin flight attendants drink up to one liter of water while in-flight? Plus, they drink plenty of water before a flight to combat all that dryness.
- Bring some serum for your hair, you never know when you’ll need it – and most of us look like frizzy lions when exiting an airplane.
- Eat light. Most snacks on board an airplane are really salty. Go for the ones that are lower in salt to combat any bloating or other uncomfortable feelings induced by altitude.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks. It can be tempting to tip back a drink pre-flight and during your flight if you are a nervous flier, but try not to do this. Alcohol dehydrates you, so drinking alcohol means being extra dehydrated, and nobody needs that mid-flight.
- Try to get some sleep. If you have a really long flight that’s going to end with you unpacking a lot of boxes in your new home, getting a few Z’s is a good idea. Tip your head back, and enjoy soaring through the skies.
- When you do arrive at your destination, hydrate once again. You can never hydrate too much when it comes to flights, so don’t be afraid to drink too much water!
Finding Moving Companies in Fort Collins
When you do decide to move, you may need to find the best moving company for your needs, and that’s where we come in. Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you with a free moving quote and plenty of staff members to help you move comfortably. Call us for your free moving quote today, or find us on Facebook!
And, remember, flying is all about keeping your skin hydrated with moisturizer and with water. Start drinking water the night before your flight, and make sure you moisturize the day before your flight. This way, you’ll leave the plane looking amazing. Do you have any great in-flight tips? Let us know what your tips are by leaving us a note here, or leave us a note on our Facebook page.
When you move into a new apartment, the hope is that you will have all new appliances that are clean and look great. But that’s often far from being the actual case. More often than not, landlords try and find the cheapest appliance option, and that can mean an oven that’s far from being clean. The other possibility is that you may move into a place where the last renters weren’t the cleanest folks, and that might mean that you now have a very dirty oven to work with.
If you need some help cleaning up your oven, here are some of our best tips – take it from a Denver moving company with a lot of experience, we’ve seen a lot of really dirty ovens!
How to Get Rid of the Gunk
You can buy oven cleaner that’s full of really toxic chemicals, but there are other ways to go about cleaning the gunk out of an oven.
- Make a thick rub of baking soda and water.
- Slather the rub all over the inside of your oven, and let this sit overnight.
- The next morning, remove all of the rub with a scrubbing sponge or dry towel.
- Use a wet towel to get rid of the excess baking soda scrub.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar.
- Spray the vinegar inside of your oven, and wipe that off with some paper towels.
After this process, you should have a completely clean oven.
The Oven Racks
As far as the racks go, these will need special treatment, and you have two good options.
Option 1: you can put your oven racks in your dishwasher, and start the cycle. If your dishwasher can accommodate the racks, you should have clean oven racks in no time.
Option 2: you can soak your racks in your bathtub by adding some dishwashing liquid to your tub, letting the racks soak, and then scrubbing the racks after a good soak.
Both methods should leave you with cleaner oven racks, and this will mean a cleaner oven all around.
Denver Moving Company Cleaning Tip
We’ve helped people move into all kinds of apartments in many different areas, so we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Many people that move into an apartment are often discouraged by the state of the appliances in the apartment, but you can really get things into good shape by using the right cleaning products and some elbow grease. Even the oldest oven can look somewhat new after soaking and cleaning. If you love the place that you want to move into, but hate the look of the appliances, keep in mind that you can always clean up any stove or dishwasher or other appliance that’s in the new place.
In most states, landlords have to provide appliances that are in working order, but that doesn’t mean those things have to be new or in great shape, so do keep that in mind when haggling for a new stove. In the meantime, though, you can make your stove look like new by following the tips above.
Getting to Your New Spot
Once you have found the perfect new place, give us a call, and we’ll help you get there quickly. As a top Denver moving company, we’ve helped a lot of people move into new places both here in Denver and in Fort Collins. We also offer long distance moving services, so let us know what you need whether you’re moving to Thornton or to any other place in Colorado. In addition to helping you if you are moving to Thornton, we also offer storage solutions in both Denver and Fort Collins.
Give us a call for a free moving quote, or to ask us about moving to Thornton or any other moving questions that you may have. In the meantime, let us know what your favorite method of cleaning an old oven is.