If you are moving home in Dublin, you have a billion things to worry about. It’s easy to overlook how to organize an environmentally-friendly house move. But it is a very important part of your move. So many details of moving house impact the earth, but with a little planning, you can minimize the impact of your move on the environment. Best of all, some of these green moving tips can save you a lot of hassle and a bit of money.
Moving house in Dublin or anywhere else basically has four steps: preparing for your move by clearing out unwanted belongings and cleaning your old place, packing the things you will bring, transporting your belongings and settling in to your new home. Here’s how to make each of those steps more environmentally responsible.
When you are under pressure, it is tempting to just throw everything in the bin. But remember the old adage – one person’s trash is another’s treasure. You may have furniture, toys, kitchen ware, ornaments and clothes you no longer want or need. You obviously don’t want to pack them up and bring them. But your local charity shop will appreciate the items that are clean and in good repair. Other things such as left over paint and broken electronics need to go to the recycling centre for proper disposal. If you have out of date medication in your cupboards, don’t just bin it. Bring it to your chemist for safe disposal.
Cleaning your house when you are moving is daunting. Many people do a massive cleaning session, which means a long session indoors. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products is kinder to you and the earth. If you have old clothes that are not fit to be donated, you can use them as cleaning rags instead of buying clothes or using paper towels. The more any item can be reused, the better.
Using old cardboard boxes to move has two main problems. First, they are not good protection for your belongings because they are likely to rip open. Second, after you use them, that’s the end of their lifespan. It’s off to the recycling centre. And while recycling is certainly better than putting things in the landfills, our recycling centres are overloaded. Renting re-usable moving boxes is a far better option when you are moving house in Dublin.
What about environmentally friendly packing materials? You can’t just toss your dishes into a sturdy Buska moving box. Do you need bubble wrap? For some things, yes, bubble wrap is the safest choice. But you can also use your bath towels, bedding and tea towels to protect your breakables. That saves money and uses less plastic.
This is a hard one. Even if you only have a short distance to move house in Dublin, walking with your belongings is not going to work. Neither is taking the bus! No escaping the use of fossil fuels here, but if you hire a moving van you can do it in one trip. It might sound more expensive to hire a moving van, but you have to consider the cost of petrol or diesel. And you’ll waste a lot of fuel sitting in traffic. Instead of making several painful trips in your own car, hire a moving van and book it for a time when traffic is lightest. It’s tempting to want to get going first thing in the morning, but you can save fuel and sanity by moving outside of prime commuting hours.
If you’re rented moving boxes in Dublin from Buska, you can just let us know when to collect them from you. Easy peasy! Unpacking can be fun and frustrating at the same time, but it doesn’t have much environmental impact either way. But as you settle in to your new neighbour, you can start some good green habits. Discover which shops you can walk to easily. Learn about public transport in the area. Review what household cleaners and garden chemicals you really need and which you could replace with a greener option.