What Can I Do With Boxes After I Move?

June 20th, 2018

Stormtrooper made out of boxes

The minute you finish unpacking a box during a move it becomes useless. Very quickly these once essential materials are taking up space and getting in the way. What should you do with your boxes after your move?

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People are now in the same position you were in just a few months ago. Wouldn’t you have appreciated a kind stranger giving away free boxes for moving? To list the boxes is free, and you can even arrange for them to come pick them up. As a mover frantically looking for boxes, they will be eternally grateful.


It’s no secret that cardboard boxes are very good for storage and organization of household items of all sorts. Fill some containers with items you won’t need for the time being, tape them well and label them appropriately. Make

sure the storage area where you plan to place those storage boxes, usually a basement or a garage, is dry.

You never know what might happen tomorrow – even if you’re 100% that you won’t be moving house any time soon, it can be a mistake not to keep a decent number of boxes that will easily survive another residential move or two. Set aside the ones still in excellent condition, break them apart carefully, flatten them and store them in a place that stays dry and has good circulation of air.


Sometimes it takes a bit of imagination to re-purpose good packing boxes for home use – cardboard castles, robots, puzzles, you name it. With enough time and efforts, an entire cardboard village can be built for your children or pets.


Contact the recycling centers in your area and ask them if they have any specific requirements about accepting cardboard for recycling. Some recyclers require that all the boxes be flattened out, stacked and shaped into a pre-set size while others will refuse cardboard boxes with tape or staples. Some recycling stations may even require you to have a minimum number of boxes to qualify for a pick-up service.

Most moving companies offer the additional service of removing unused packaging materials so that you won’t have to worry.

If you are looking for movers for your move or a debris pickup after, contact Rare Moving & Storage. We will move your belongings efficiently and provide free estimates prior to your move and will help haul unwanted items away. Call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your stress-free moving experience!