Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Moving in and of itself usually produces much trash and waste materials. Usually this is the time when most people thin out their belongings and are forced to get rid of the life-long accumulation of things that they have shoved into the corners and crevices of their current living space. If you are moving, you are forced to look into the dark spaces and find what you’ve ultimately been hiding from yourself.

There are many ways to cut down on your carbon footprint when moving. After researching and thinking this through, I came up with several good ideas for you to contribute to “Green moving.”

You know at the get-go what you are taking your towels and sheets etc with you. Why not use those to help pack your belongings. They will help to cushion many breakable items. If you own suitcases, you can go pack your clothing or other items instead of using a box.

When my mom moved, she used grocery totes as moving bins. She actually packed her humongous collection of DVDs in them. How about the trash can in your bathroom? You can line that with a fresh plastic bag and use it to put items from under your bath sink. As a safety precaution, then you can put a twisty-tie on it so they stay in place.

Do you have gym bags and duffel bags? There’s where you can put blankets and the like or even else shoes that don’t need to be in boxes (tennis shoes, flip flops, etc).

Look at you!. You are a regular Ralph Nadar now!!

Of course when it comes to the things you DO NOT want to keep or move. You can use the course of recycling them back into the world through donations. Remember: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Wondering how you are going to eat when your kitchen is packed?

There is the question of what are you going to use for dinnerware when you have all your items packed? Instead of purchasing plastic or Styrofoam items, you could simply pick out a few items you were going to donate anyway and put them to the side to eat from before placing them into the donation box. This is certainly better than using the aforementioned non-sustainable items.


Here are few tips for your new place that allows you to be eco-friendly:

Select green cleaning products:

  • Glass cleaners: “Most conventional glass cleaners are made with solvents like toxic alcohols (typically poisonous), ammonia (a respiratory irritant), or glycol ethers (which can cause systemic organ damage).” Instead you may want to try Mrs. Meyers Glass Cleaner. You can choose the lavender fragrance with is very lovely for you home.

  • Furniture Polish

  • Why not try the non-toxic Truce Wood Cleaner, available on Amazon. It contains only four ingredients: olive oil, distilled white vinegar, guar gum, and aroma-therapeutic essential oils! Just add water, shake, & spray!

  • Toilet bowl cleaners:

  • Conventional toilet bowl cleaners contain synthetic dyes, chlorine bleach, petroleum-derived ingredients, ammonia, and other harmful substances, like Triclosan (read up on what the effects of Triclosan are at Try using this DYI: Mix 1 cup of Borax and 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar or lemon juice into the toilet bowl. Let sit for a few hours, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

  • · LED light bulbs (replace incandescent light bulbs for LED bulbs)

Good New Here:

Interiors for Seniors can make your move in one swoop. When thinking of the least of amount of trips from start to finish, their carbon footprint is less than trying to make many moves back and forth to your new place.

« Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.



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