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8 Easy Ways to have a more Eco-Friendly Home

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville tips to make your home eco friendly for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to share some easy ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient! We love living in a city that’s pretty progressive in green housing. These are eight quick-and-easy tactics we’ve seen locally that you can use to celebrate Earth Day at your home!

1. Reuse your moving boxes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's dish pack boxes have adjustable inserts to protect your dishes.Instead of letting your boxes end up in a landfill after your move, you can find some really useful ways to reuse them in your home. One of our favorite boxes, the Dish Barrel, comes with lots of adjustable inserts to keep your dishes separated and safe during your move. These inserts are really handy as drawer organizers!

You can also use the cardboard from boxes to make custom photo frames, play forts for your kids, and much more. One of my personal favorites is using the boxes to make custom organizers, like these magazine files from the Apartment Therapy blog.

2. Tuck a composting pail into your kitchen.

Composting pails are great for smaller living spaces, such as apartments and condos, because they allow you to compost fruit peels, egg shells, and other natural waste without the need of a huge compost pile outside. But they’re also nice for houses because you can avoid visiting your compost pile multiple times per day–instead, you can just empty it periodically when it gets full. (And you know what else is compostable, outside of food waste? Broken up cardboard boxes!)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips to make an eco friendly home3. Take advantage of cotton products.

Cotton is non-toxic and is used without manmade products, so it’s very eco-friendly and safe. It’s also a great material to use in your home because it works as a great insulator. Thick cotton drapes can help your home block heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter, which lowers your energy bills. It’s also a cozy material for bed and bath linens!

4. Change your lightbulbs.

It may seem like a hassle to go through your home and replace every lighbulb in the ceiling, lamps, under-cabinet lighting… But LED bulbs are inexpensive and use way less energy than traditional bulbs. They can last years longer than alternatives, allowing you to hold off longer on buying new ones.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips on natural home cleaning5. Replace your chemical cleaning solutions with cheap, natural alternatives.

The next time you need to buy cleaning products, stay away from harmful formulas. Your kitchen is probably already stocked with lots of gentle, effective cleaning supplies, like apple cider vinegar, regular white vinegar, and baking soda.  Check out some of our favorite, inexpensive ways to clean your home.

6. Use natural air fresheners.

Those artificial spray scents may smell good, but they don’t actually clean the air in your home. Instead, spray dispensers emit tiny drops of scented chemicals which cling to the hairs inside your nose, covering your ability to smell the air around you. As an alternative, consider purifying your air with nature’s freshener–plants! We really like Apartment Therapy’s guide to air purifying house plants, which not only keep your air clean, but also add a fresh look and feel to your home.

7. Invest in a shoe rack.

Wearing your shoes throughout your house is inviting the grime of the world to track through your home. This is an especially bad habit when you have carpeting throughout your home, because carpet clings to dirt and chemicals more than smooth, non-porous surfaces. Leaving your shoes by the door will help you spend less time cleaning harmful substances from your floors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK recommendations about dishes8. Stop microwaving plastic dishes.

Even plastic compounds which are labeled “microwave-safe” still lose form over time and can release their harmful compounds into your food at high temperatures. It’s safer to invest in glass, which lasts longer than plastic anyway and is safer for the environment if you need to throw it away in the future.

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How to Make a Cat Home Out of Moving Boxes

Nick's cat

As part of our Movers for Mutts campaign, we’re blogging about your pets all summer long!  This week, we want to introduce you to our General Manager Nick’s cat, Chandler!  Like most cats, Chandler prefers playing in cardboard boxes to the fancy cat trees Nick and his wife buy for him…  So we made a DIY cat home out of some of our moving boxes.  Here’s how you can make a home out of your cat’s favorite material while simultaneously reusing some of your old moving boxes:

Chandler’s cat home fits an average-sized kitty, and I used one Large moving box and one Small moving box to make the home.  I also used an Exacto knife, a Sharpie, and tape.

Step One: Measure the sides of your triangle.Step One: Draw your triangle.

I used a yardstick to trace the sides of this triangle.  We’ll be making an isosceles triangle (two sides are the same size) with the base and height each measuring 18 inches.  If your cat is larger or smaller than the average cat, you’ll want to adjust this measurement as needed.

Step Two: Trace the sides of the triangle cut-out to make three more triangles of the same shape.Step Two: Trace your first triangle to make three more of the same size.

Cut those triangles out, and you have the four sides of your cat home.

Step ThreeStep Three: Measure a square.

Each side needs to be the 18 inches (or the same length as the base and height of your triangles).  I found it easier to keep my lines perpendicular to one another by placing one side along a crease in the box.

Step FourThis is what you should have cut out at this point.

If you want to make your cat home fancier than mine, you can use a staple gun to cover these surfaces with your favorite fabric, or use double-sided tape to cover them with patterned scrapbook paper or gift wrap.

Step FourStep Four: Cut a hole in the front side of your cat home.

Remember that the bottom of the front side will be the shortest side of the triangle.  The bottom of my hole is 1.5 inches from the base of the triangle, but you can place your hole further up if you want to make your cat work to get into his new hideout.

Step FiveStep Five: Tape your triangles to the floor of the cat home.

Be sure that you only tape the base (the shortest side) of each triangle to the square floor.

Step SixStep Six: Start taping the sides together.

I didn’t want tape showing on the outside of my cat home, so I taped up one side at a time.  If you want to include a cushion in the bottom of your cat home, now would be the time to place it in the bottom.  Once you have all four sides taped together, you (obviously) won’t be able to fit it in.

Final ProductYou’re Done!

If you want to reinforce the strength of the home’s sides, you can add one strip of tape to the back two corners.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to help us support the cats and dogs at the Nashville Humane Association, click here to find out how to get involved with Movers for Mutts.  If you need information about our moving services or packing supplies, check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!

Recycle Your Moving Boxes: How to Make a Castle

Castle Craft (1)Summertime is just around the corner, and this is our busy season!  Statistically speaking, if you’re planning to move anytime soon, you’ll probably move during the May-August time period.  If you are moving soon (or have moved recently), what do you usually do with all of your moving boxes afterward?  Since we have lots of boxes around the office, we decided to help you find some fun ways to recycle them.

While trying to decide what to make first, I thought about all my “mom friends” who look for ways to keep their kiddos entertained while they’re home all-day-every-day during the summer.  I came up with this super-fun play castle, and it only took about 30-45 minutes to make.  Here’s how I did it:

Castle Craft (2)

First, I gathered my materials.  I used a Wardrobe Box and two Medium Boxes, but you can use whatever sized boxes you have around your house.

Castle Craft (3)Next, I worked on making my Tower.  You’ll want to cut the holes in the box with an Exacto-knife while it’s laying flat on the floor before you tape any parts of the box.  I cut a window, plus a large rectangular hole in the side that will serve as the doorway for your kids to crawl into the tower.

Castle Craft (4)                      Castle Craft (5)

Once my holes were cut, I taped the bottom of the Wardrobe Box together to make a “floor”.  To make sure there were no flaps and no chance of the bottom coming apart, I taped the seams on both the inside and outside of the box.

Castle Craft (6)After the tower was finished, I cut holes in the sides of my two Medium Boxes as crawl spaces, and cut just an arch (not the bottom of the arch) into one of the boxes to make a fold-down drawbridge.

The last step is just taping the three boxes together to connect the crawl spaces!  Now your kids can play in their castle.  If you use our clean, white boxes, they’ll also have plenty of decorating space.  (We recommend using washable markers or crayons.)

Done!  Keep checking back on our blog for more Recycled Box Crafts!  And if give us a call if you’d like to purchase some of our high-quality boxes at 615-248-6288.