Moving season is here! Use this helpful guide to cut back on waste during your move.
If you have a Sabai sofa or plan to get one - you're already on track for an easy waste-free move. You can quickly disassemble your sofa and carry it in individual pieces to your new home. No need to wrap it in plastic for extra protection. Rest the individual pieces on towels, sheets, or blankets that you plan to bring to your new home for extra protection in transit.
For non-Sabai pieces:
1. Wrap fragile pieces like framed photos or dishes in fabric items you plan to bring with you. T-shirts, towels, blankets, etc. make great replacements for bubble wrap or other single use options.
2. Make a homemade all-purpose cleaner in advance to clean any surfaces that are dirty when you arrive. We love using old t-shirts, towels, or reusable cloths instead of paper towels. Trash is for Tossers offers a very simple recipe: fill 1/2 a spray container with water, the other half with white vinegar. Then add in 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. One of our team members added eucalyptus essential oil and we are big fans.
3. When you're looking to add furniture pieces to your new home - look for second-hand, vintage pieces, or new products that are sustainably made. If you're in the NYC area here are a few of our favorite spots:
- Lambertville, NJ - if you can rent a car or get away for the weekend there are great pieces to be found all over this enchanted town.
4. Food: Donate or giveaway any food that is shelf safe. Bring anything from your cupboard that you can salvage and want. Reusable freezer bags are great for any frozen goods if you are moving just a short distance away. Consciously dispose of any food that is no longer good - be sure to rinse off any recyclables.
*Don't forget to pack reusable water bottles to stay hydrated and snacks in reusable containers like Stasher Bags for move-in day.
5. Clothing: Who doesn't take moving as an opportunity to clean out their closet? For items you no longer want there are awesome re-sale or donation opportunities like Plato's Closet, Beacon's Closet, Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and Buffalo Exchange. For online options - Poshmark, ThredUp, and the RealReal are great too! You could always host a purge party for your friends to come over and shop what you're giving away.
A great way to pack hanging clothes is on the hanger directly into your car or in reusable hanging bags. This way you don't need a separate container for your hangers and no need to spend money on moving boxes. Using bins or laundry baskets are great for moving clothing or shoes as well. Don't forget to leave some t-shirts out to wrap your fragile items. If you live in a building with cardboard collection - this is often a great source for used cardboard boxes to pack with as well.
6. Disposing of old furniture? Include these pieces in your purge party too. Another great way to keep old furniture in good condition in use is to sell it at local secondhand stores or online on sites like Craigslist or AptDeco. You can also donate furniture pieces to organizations like Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill. If you're hoping to move on from a Sabai piece - consider selling it through our closed loop program - Sabai Revive. Fill out our buyback form to get started.
If you're in the process of moving or planning it, we wish you the best of luck with your move. And if you're in need of new furniture that's a breeze to move with, check out our sustainable and nontoxic pieces here.