Eco-friendly Tips for Moving

This week my husband and I (along with our cat Mr. Jingles and betta fish Salvador) make the big move to Atlanta. For the past month we’ve been preparing for our move and along the way trying to keep in mind the 3 Rs of the environment (reduce, reuse, recycle). Here are some of the […]

This week my husband and I (along with our cat Mr. Jingles and betta fish Salvador) make the big move to Atlanta. For the past month we’ve been preparing for our move and along the way trying to keep in mind the 3 Rs of the environment (reduce, reuse, recycle). Here are some of the ways in which we tried to lessen our footprint in the move:

  1. Reduce. I started going through our home and thinking about what furniture pieces and home decorations I fell out of love with over the years. It ends up there were quite a few items that I had been holding onto and now was the perfect time to gather them all together for a yard sale. What didn’t sell in the yard sale was happily picked up by our local Goodwill store.
  2. Reuse. If you’re like us, we couldn’t afford to have movers come in to pack up our home, so I hit up the local liquor and grocery stores to gather all of our moving boxes. I was pleasantly surprised to find out when I called the newspaper that I could pick up old editions of the paper for our packaging material. For those items that needed extra padding, I simply used towels and sheets to provide that additional security.
  3. Recycle. Cleaning out the shed left me wondering what to do with unfriendly items like paint. Thankfully our move took place close to Earth Day this year, and we were able to bring our paint cans for recycling. If you’re community doesn’t have a way to recycle old paint, you could always find a piece of wood or cardboard to use up the leftover paint. If that’s not an option you can pour kitty litter into the can and wait until it dries up to dispose.

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has worked for Coldwell Banker for 12 years where she can be found generating buzz about this awesome brand in every way possible. On any given day, she can be found crunching numbers to searching for amazing Coldwell Banker properties to serve up to the media for features. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or scouring Etsy for that next amazing handcrafted gem. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband), a cat and a fish in Atlanta, Ga.

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