The holidays are in the air. I have festive music playing as I type. Shopping started before Halloween this year, I think! Does it seem to get earlier every year, or is that just me? One good thing I’ve found: with all the boxes swimming around, I don’t know why we’d ever need to buy any when we go to post a package!
Whenever I receive something in the mail, I keep the boxes and the packaging material and store them safely in the attic or the back porch so when a birthday or holidays pop up, I don’t have to buy a load of material. If I haven’t used them by the next move, I let go and recycle them.
During military moves, the packers always throw just the last bit of packaging tape in the box before they start a new roll. It drives my husband crazy. “It isn’t enough to do anything with! Why don’t they throw it away?” he complains. But it is just enough to seal a package to make sure it doesn’t bust open.
Speaking of that, I have a family member that works at the U.S. Post Office. Be sure you seal those packages well, no matter who you send them through! The workers throw them across the room in a game to see who can keep from missing the tote. So, package them well and seal tightly!
Truthfully, I’m not very traditional and holidays and birthdays come and go. BUT I hang onto my boxes because if I find something small my tiny niece might like or I want to pass on a book to a friend, I have a choice of various sized boxes stacked on the back porch– with peanuts and everything. Once they’ve been reused a few times, they can be recycled, composted or cut up into my business cards.
Mostly, I like to reuse them. It makes my heart happy.
So, this holiday season if you get something in the mail, hang onto a couple of the boxes so you can reuse them. And this year, before you go buying packaging materials, ask around. You’d be surprised who can pull something out of their hat.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who saves to reuse…right? What do you hold off from throwing away in order to reuse?
Interesting articles on reuse:
- 10 Ways To Reuse Junk In The Garden (angelbabe432.wordpress.com)
- Altered ART Handmade Designs – Recycle and Reuse Vintage Jewelry for One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Boxes and Picture Frames (rubylane.com)
- Do Your Part: Reduce waste in the kitchen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Green military move (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- Reusable Pizza Pan Could Keep Billions of Cardboard Boxes Out of US Landfills Every Year (treehugger.com)