Where to Get Free Moving Boxes http://tedrollins.org/ted-rollins/where-to-get-free-moving-boxes/The new school year will be upon us soon and one of the most commonly asked questions we getfrom students is where to get moving boxes for free. We’ve put together a great list of a few ofthe best places to look. In our experience most store managers are perfectly willing to set aside afew boxes, if you ask politely enough. In most cases a friendly phone call will do the trick. Werecommend that you check your boxes thoroughly for bugs and to make sure that they’re clean.Here are some of the best resources we’ve notedover the years:Craigslist.org - A quick search in the free section(found underneath the “for sale” heading) willusually offer up a decent list of sources for freeboxes.Freecycle.org – We love this site! You’ll beimpressed by what you can find here. Werecommend checking frequently for people listingboxes.uhaul.com/Exchange/ – U-haul has created amessage board allowing you to search by locationfor free boxes in your area!Liquor stores – Try and ask for boxes with lids. Boxes from a liquor store tend to be small andsturdy, which is great for smaller, heavier items.Bookstores – A perfect place to pick up boxes specifically for moving books.Grocery Stores – Ask them to save their apple boxes for you to pick up. These freebies areperfect for moving fragile items.McDonald’s Fry Boxes – These boxes are strong and excellent for hauling heavy items thatrequire a smaller sized box. Because the original contents of the box are frozen, you won’t haveto worry about the boxes being smelly (or greasy). McDonald’s fry boxes also have a Facebookpage, pointing out alternative uses: http://www.facebook.com/groups/67955942657/Starbucks – Starbucks boxes range in size, we recommend asking them to hold their larger sizedcontainers for storing your lighter, bulkier items.Dollar Stores – They usually have a never ending stream of boxes of every size and shape.Fed/Ex & Kinkos – Boxes used to ship reams of paper are usually strong, come with a lid, andare great for stacking.
Empty cardboard boxes, whether they were used to move personal belongings or to deliver officesupplies and furniture, are among the easiest items to recycle. You can toss them into the recycledumpsters or you can retrofit them into many practical and creative items for the home. We alsorecommend listing your no longer needed boxes on sites like “Freecycle.org” and“uHaul.com/Exchange/”. Remember, you are doing the environment a favor by recycling…Ted RollinsTed Rollins Timeline