Some upwardly-mobile professionals may move home several times during the first decade or two of their careers. Some people may continue to change jobs or location of work and therefore continue moving home into the later stages of their career. Many people find themselves moving home after retirement, usually downsizing to a smaller home as the children are grown up and have left. Each time you move you need to pack all of your possessions to be able to move to your new home. Financially-challenged people may go to supermarkets and ask for old cardboard boxes to re-use, but those upwardly-mobile professionals probably buy their boxes from one of the several specialist suppliers of removal boxes.

They can choose from TV boxes, wardrobe boxes, glassware boxes, picture boxes and so on. These suppliers also sell bubble-wrap, furniture covers, brown tape and even special packs for kitchen appliances. All of these items no doubt make the packing process a little less difficult and a little more fun, but whether you have a bunch of enormous cardboard boxes which used to contain potato crisps or a collection of specially-designed removal boxes of various sizes and shapes, either way you are likely to be left with the same dilemma when all the packing, moving and unpacking is complete: what do you do with the left-over boxes?

Old Removal Boxes

Whatever the Reasoning, a Common Cause

If your house or family is large you will typically have upwards of thirty boxes, and that’s significantly more than a handful. Take them to the nearest waste-disposal facility? Well, that’s easier said than done. Surely there must be something more useful or constructive to do with them? If you fall into the above-mentioned category of people who are more than likely to be moving again within the next few years, why not remove the tape, collapse and fold the boxes and put them in the room under the stairs, waiting for the chance to use them again? Ah, because the cost of buying new ones when that next occasion does arise will be so insignificant that there’s absolutely no point in “saving” them. But what about reducing waste to ease your environmental conscience? It may be that YUPPIES and DINCYS (both spelt correctly according to Microsoft) prefer not to have such a thing (please forgive the self-righteous writer for over-generalizing) but creating more pollution doesn’t do anybody (or anybody’s children) any good, so let’s give some thought to the idea of making good use of used removal boxes.

A Rotten Idea

Corrugated cardboard is basically made from paper, so you can take it to a paper recycling plant and probably sell it to partly compensate for your initial outlay. What about coming up with something more inventive? Cardboard is quite strong as long as it remains dry, but it is also bio-degradable: two things to bear in mind when planning how to use it. If you want the compost heap in your garden to become part of the soil, you need a container which will ultimately decompose with the compost and also become part of the soil. What could be better for this purpose than a large cardboard box? If you have several such boxes, why not have several compost heaps rotting simultaneously – or a series of them, each starting as the previous one collapses?

Child’s Play

If your children’s toys are all over the house, or all over their bedroom floor, why not put them into one of those left-over packing boxes from the removal company. Cardboard is quite easy to cut, so you can cut around the box to make it just the right height according to the size of the child and/or the size of the toys. Alternatively, the box itself could be a toy if the child is small enough to fit inside it – or if the box is big enough to facilitate this. The box can be dragged across the carpet without causing damage (although it may need more tape to strengthen it), and children generally enjoy climbing into things or sitting in enclosed spaces. A child’s toy plastic “house” can cost a small fortune but with a little ingenuity parents can use large cardboard boxes, opened out and joined together with tape, and with windows and a door cut into the sides, to form a substantial toy house. Another benefit of this alternative is that it is a great deal easier to dispose of when no longer required than a stronger and much heavier plastic version.


Cardboard boxes have myriad uses both indoors and out, so it seems a shame to dispose of them carelessly. At least one should recycle the paper, but it does not require a great deal of thought to come up with some or other use for a box. Use your initiative and have some fun trying to make something out of nothing.

This article was written by Nicholas Holmes on behalf of Removal Boxes. Removal Boxes are a market leader in supplying moving boxes for sale. Nicholas has two children and has moved home many times and is an active blogger and writer, enjoying sharing his experiences with others.

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