Did you know in an average month in the UK, around 100,000 households will move into a new home? September normally sees a rush of students moving into new halls and rental homes too. 

We’re moving more often, but it never seems to get any easier! We’ve packed up 10 top tips to make moving a little savvier and more sustainable.

1) Box Clever 

If you know you have a move coming upstart saving boxes: large vegetable delivery boxes are great! Check out Freecycle to see if anyone’s giving away boxes or ask your local store or supermarket at the beginning of the day if they can keep hold of a few boxes for you before breaking them down. 

If you do buy boxes, buy some heavy-duty cardboard ones that can be collapsed, stored flat and will be strong enough for your next move (and maybe the move after that!)  

2) Sheets ahead – use your bedding! 

Use your our pillow cases instead of black bin bags to bundle your things up – just as easy and without the plasticOne zero waste, zero effort method is to put as many clothes as you can in the middle of a bedsheet and then tie the corners of the bedsheet up together – no boxes or suitcases needed! Then put your large bundle in car or van and unpack the other side. Don’t forget to give the bedsheet a wash. 

3) For fragile items 

  • For delicate items that could be damaged in transit, bubble wrap has long been the solutionUnfortunately, bubble wrap is hard to recycle (many councils don’t accept it and it often has to be dropped off at specific collections points at supermarkets). Clothes and socks are a low-effort alternative for bubble wrap and gets you a bit more room for packing extra clothes. 
  • Transporting a big item like a mirror can be a nerve-shattering experience, and wrapping these with a duvet or fluffy blanket as padding can help keep it safe over the journey. 
  • Instead of buying new bubble wrap, padded envelopes often have bubble wrap in their lining and can be reused for packing delicate items. 

4) On the case!  

  • Using what you already have saves you having to spend more on new boxes and bags. Heavy items like technology or books are best transported in a suitcase – they won’t fall through the bottom! 
  • Got a shelf or drawer of little items that you haven’t had time to sort but still want to take with youKeep smalleasily lost items like trinkets and jewellery safe by packing them into  handbags. It keeps items grouped together and from being lost or tangled up in bigger boxes. 

  • If you have a lot of creamsproducts or spices lying around consolidate them to have fewer tubs and bottles to carry and lighten the load! 

5) Have a Kon-do Attitude 

If you’re packing up belongings and find lots of things that you don’t want to take with you to your new home, check out these guides to getting rid of stuff without throwing it in the bin.  

Hungry for more? 

Moving house is a great time to start fresh. Use it as an opportunity to switch energy or broadband provider. Use these handy switching engines to find the best deal for your new home and for the planet.