How to eco-move house


We received a letter in the mail a few weeks back. The kind of letter that you dread. No… Not a bill. As a tenant, it was something even more sinister…. A termination of lease notice. Ouch!!!

Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how good a tenant you are….

So that brings us to now. We are surrounded by boxes. What else would you do with a new baby? And the week before Christmas!!!? Talk about stressful!!!

It got me thinking… Moving house is a VERY un-eco pastime! Sure, you detox your home by de-cluttering, sorting, cleaning, recycling and donating, but what about the purging? The idea led me to blog about ways to minimise your impact on our environment when you move house.

1. Keep your supplies.
Since I was in my early twenties and I moved out of home, I have always packed down and kept my moving boxes, butchers paper and bubble wrap. Sure they take a fair bit of room to store but the cost to the environment and your hip pocket for these often one use items is huge! It’s amazing how many boxes you can stack under a double sized bed! Just a tip. Don’t use sticky tape on your butchers paper.. It make it easy to flatten out again and store.

2. Do your own cleaning.
This way, by using your toxic free and natural based cleaners, you know you have minimised the impact on your health, the health of future inhabitants and of our waterways. Vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, eco dish washing liquid and water can rival even the best promoted cleaners on the market!

3. Use a local removalist.
By using a local removalist with a depot not far from your home, you are employing locals and cutting down on emissions. By using a truck big enough to fit all your belongings in one load, you are minimising the carbon miles of your move not to mention your overall cost if charged by the hour.

4. Recycle.
It is so easy just to purge the things you don’t need or want anymore into the garbage bin. Stop right there! Instead, sort things into piles. Things for Gumtree and EBay, things that can be fixed, things that can be recycled, things that can be donated. You will always invariably have rubbish, but the idea is to minimise it!!!

I came up with an idea years ago to make a sign bold enough to be seen by passing cars. On it I painted “Free Stuff.” This sign I put out on the curb with any item I did not need anymore. You will be amazed at how quickly things find a new home. Whatever doesn’t get collected by passerbys can then be disposed of another way.

5. Don’t pack your slow cooker.
By pre-preparing a few days before, you can arrive at your new home and plug in your slow cooker (or if you are lucky enough… Your Thermomix!) Whilst you move and unpack, dinner is cooking away nicely and without any thought! What better than having a yummy, healthy dinner at the end of a huge day and minimising one use plastic takeaway containers or pizza boxes from your local takeaway. If you do order takeaway, take in your own containers to collect your food in or else, eat in. You’ve had a long day… You deserve it!

Now I just have to work out how to get around having to produce a pest control receipt…..

I’d love to hear what you do to minimise your impact when you move.


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