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Moving can be very expensive, especially when you take into account the supplies that you’ll need to pack. You may find that most of the supplies you need are already lying around in your home. To figure out what you can substitute, think about what you need to pack and look around your house to see what can work in the same way.

The Kitchen

This is often the part of the house that’s the hardest to pack since you’re dealing with so many fragile items.Especially, if you’re moving out of state. Instead of reaching for endless amounts of bubble wrap, look for an alternative solution. For dishes, take t-shirts mixed together and place paper plates on the inside of them. Fold the extra fabric over and place them in the box. Repeat until all your dishes are packed safely away. With glasses, you can place a piece of fabric (sock, t-shirt, etc.) on the inside of the glass and wrap the extra material around the exterior. You can use a throw pillow to fill up extra space inside of the box and keep everything from moving around.

The Library

If you’re dealing with a ton of books, it’d be better to bind them together than to box them up. Use a stringed material like a rope or a bungee cord to wrap six or seven similarly sized books together. If you’d like to protect your books, wrap them in a towel first.

The Bedroom

Instead of packing your clothes, consider putting them in garbage bags or plastic bags and keep them in the drawer that they were already in. They can stay in there as you move, so you won’t have to deal with packing them back in once you’re all moved in.

Don’t Buy Boxes

There’s no reason to spend your hard-earned money on boxes. After you’ve exhausted the bins that you have in your home, places like department stores and grocery stores are going to be your best bet. Also, if you know people who shop online frequently, ask them to keep track of their bubble and pillow wrap for you.

Container Rental

Moving companies often rent containers out that you can use to make your move a breeze. The price may be comparable to buying brand new cardboard boxes, but it’s a lot better for the environment.

Moving Blankets

Instead of buying moving blankets to protect your furniture as you move, try to use old blankets that you already have lying around the house.


The tape is something that you’ll inevitably need as you move, but there are a couple ways that you can save as much as possible. You’ll have to tape the bottom of each box, but you may not have to tape the top. If you don’t need to, don’t bother and you’ll save a ton of rolls.


To make sure that your liquids don’t fall over, reuse an open face box that you can find at your local department store. You’ll be able to keep your eye on all the lids and help out the environment at the same time.

Using recyclable solutions as you move to save money and help out the environment at the same time. Be sure to go green during your move, and reduce your carbon footprint.