Moving Into Your First Home the Green Way

Moving out of the parental home and into one's first home is very exciting, if perhaps a little scary. Suddenly the reality of adulthood is sinking in: rent payments will need to be made on time, bills will arrive on the door step … and household chores are waiting, when one returns home from work or university.

Before one can settle into domestic bliss, there is the stressful day of moving home. No matter how many cardboard boxes one has managed to get from the supermarket, there never seems to be enough to store all one's belongings. Even after a drastic "cull" among the children heirlooms and teenage memories one has been holding on to, there are still the clothes, the files needed for university or work, the books one can not bear to part with and the CDs, DVDs and technical paraphernalia that comes with modern living.

Keeping valuables safe during the house move is paramount, but cardboard boxes from the supermarket or newsagents are not designed to carry heavy loads like books or files, let alone computer equipment. Worse, after the day of moving one is left with a pile of wrappings and cardboard boxes that clutters up the new flat until the day of the fortnightly waste collection. Although purpose made cardboard moving boxes can be recyclable and possibly even reusable after the move, they can be expensive to buy. At a time when most young people are struggling to find work or the money to go to university with escalating university fees, saving money during the house move is more important than ever.

Hiring green recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes is a viable alternative to cardboard, especially since most cardboard, even the recyclable kind, ends up in landfill sites. Moving boxes can be hired for a whole week for very little money, plenty of time to pack up the things one wants to keep and to take the rest to a charity shop or sell them online. After the move the rented boxes are returned to the hire company. There is no waste and many other people get to enjoy the benefits of using these strong, stackable moving boxes.

Rather than making many trips with a self-drive rented van because the cardboard boxes can not be stacked high enough, one can save petrol and time by packing up marriages into recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes fit for the purpose. This saves not just on cost of fuel but also on time with regard to the van hire, since vans can be hired for half days or just a few hours rather than a whole day or weekend.

When one arrives in one's new home, there is always the annoyance of the previous occupant having removed all the light bulbs. Moving into a new home typically means spending some money on replacing every single light bulb in the property. Oh, and one must not forget the toilet paper – that's never where it should be on the day!