By its nature moving to a new place is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do. Between the moving boxes, wrapping paper, moving truck , and the gas to run it. Sometimes you don't have a choice ...but you can make it easier on yourself and the environment with a little work.
Well for the last couple weeks I've been working on Step 1 of Environmentally friendly moving (to the extent it can be).
The First step is to reduce the amount of stuff you have to move in the first place! I've been going at this particular step with a vengeance!
My Hubby and I met after we had both been in the Air Force for several years. We had been to many different countries before we met and both had quite a collection of stuff. After we got married the collection continued to grow and for every move our attitude was we will just go through it when we get there...it will be easier since it all has to come out of the box anyway!
Well I'm done with that attitude cause it doesn't work! Once you get to the new home you start with well we might need it some day so we'll get rid of it later....
This time I'm getting rid of it before the move. I"ve already started with the Clothes... I've gone through my clothes and the kids have gone through theirs and now I have a hugh box of clothes that won't be moving with us. I've also been going through my kitchen stuff. If I haven't used something while I've been here ...its gone since the likelihood that I will ever use it is nil! Book are on the chopping block too ... they are heavy and how often do you reread a book? Most these books have been with us move after move and they sit on the shelves collecting dust so out they go!
I'm going to start with a Hugh Yard sale (even though I hate having yard sales)... since moving is expensive we can use some extra cash. The next step will be books to the library everything else on freecycle or donate. Nothing is coming back in the house once is has been targeted for removal!