5 Fun and Crafty Uses For Leftover Moving Boxes

You moved. And unpacked. Hooray!

Give yourself a pat on the back because the hard part is over. Now what do you do with all those pesky moving boxes cluttering up your garage?

You could break them down and recycle them. Or even give them away. But if you’re crafty, not afraid of a little elbow grease and feeling somewhat adventurous, give these ideas a spin…

1. Turn Them Into Moving Announcements

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2. Entertain Your Kids And Encourage Their Imagination

A cardboard castle fit for any ‘lil prince or princess

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A rocket ready for takeoff!

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Wearable art

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3. Create Storage To Keep Your New Place Organized

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4. Pin memos and announcements with a DIY bulletin board

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5. Showcase your fave moments with cardboard photo frames
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Have other box inspiration ideas or photos of your finished products? Share them in the comments!

 

How to Befriend Your New Neighbors During the Holidays

Moving is difficult no matter when you choose to relocate, but it’s made even harder during the winter months for an assortment of reasons. The slick and stormy weather makes carrying heavy boxes more dangerous, and the cold tends to keep people indoors – meaning you might not meet your neighbors until the Springtime thaw.

However, if you want to celebrate the holiday season by making friends with the residents in your area, you can employ a few of these great tricks to break the ice.

Don’t be shy. Say hi!

The great thing about trying to befriend your neighbors is that you’re very likely to run into them. The yuletide season is a busy one, and the odds are good that you’ll bump into a neighbor or two while walking the dog or returning from shopping. When this happens, make sure you say hello. Introduce yourself and tell them you’re new to the area. Ask them for some local recommendations, like what cafe serves the best coffee or where the best brunch place is. Your neighbors will be thrilled to share their area expertise, and you’ll come away one acquaintance richer.

Bribe them with food

Of course, waiting to encounter your neighbors leaves a lot up to chance. You can skip the waiting part and just go knock on their doors and introduce yourself – but it helps if you have something to give them when you stop by. Bake some festive cookies or a delicious casserole and bring it to give away when you make your introductions. Your neighbors will enjoy the goodies, and you’ll get the opportunity to socialize with them. Bonus points if you give them a dish that needs to be returned to you!

Host a small holiday get-together

Now’s the time to seal this friendship deal. Once you’ve chatted up your neighbors a few times, you should be ready to up the ante and invite them over to your place for coffee, tea, or other beverages. This is a great chance to be hospitable, get to know them better, and demonstrate your eagerness to be a part of the community.

5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Made With Moving Boxes

Moving takes its toll on your life, from the general chaos it causes in your home, to filling up your space with boxes, to forcing you to eat pizza for a week because your kitchen utensils are packed away. Moving during the fall season can also detract time from creative endeavors, like making fun Halloween costumes for you and your kids.

Don’t despair if you haven’t had the time to put together those All Hallow’s Eve get-ups yet. You can use your leftover moving boxes to create some fun, fantastic, and super-simple homemade costumes that will be ready for trick-or-treating in no time!

1. Candy Boxes

The only thing less crucial than finding a great Halloween costume is the sweet, sweet candy swag you receive for the effort of dressing up. Use those leftover moving boxes and a bit of clever painting to let your kids advertise the kind of candy they want most. Then head off to collect as much of those sugary treats as possible.

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2. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, and Ghostly Crew

With some imaginative cutting and spray painting, you can dress the whole family as Pac Man and friends. The colorful video game ghosts are certainly more fun that the traditional white sheet ghosts, and there’s the added bonus of being able to chase each other around in homage to the vintage video game. Just don’t forget to add eye-holes to these clever costumes, or you’ll be running blind!

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3. Fish Tank

If you’re looking for a box costume that requires less artistic dedication, look no further than this fish tank ensemble. Just cut a hole in the top and front of the box, purchase a plain blue sweatshirt for the costume-wearer, and tape a few cute sea critters and bubbles to the sweatshirt. Voila! A costume that’s both simple and cozy for colder temperatures.

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4. X-Ray Vision

Were you craving some spookier moving box attire? This excellent X-Ray costume should do the trick. Paint a box black and add arm and head holes. For those who aren’t so artistically-inclined, you can simply print out a picture of the torso bones and glue or tape it directly to the box. No drawing required!

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5. Crayola Crayon Box

Of course, if you love to draw, then perhaps this Crayola Crayon Box is the right disguise for you. With some clever box-coloring and the use of bright paper cones, the only costume question you’ll be left to ponder is: should you also include that built-in crayon sharpener?

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What’s your favorite DIY Halloween costume? Share in the comments!

The 5 Apps You Need to Explore Your New City

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Big cities have a lot to offer — great food, entertainment and history. According to MovingCompanyReviews.com data, the top five cities with the most mover searches* are AtlantaChicagoDenverDallas and Pittsburgh. If you’re moving to one of these thriving metropolitan areas, download the apps below to discover what makes your new city unique.

1.) Field Trip (iOS/Android, Free): Powered by Google, the Field Trip app takes your GPS location and indicates points of interest in your area, including restaurants, museums and historical landmarks. When using headphones, the app will also read you a brief description of the location and its significance. Available in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

2.) Stray Boots (iOS/Android, Free): Perfect for exploring in groups, the Stray Boots app helps you discover your new city by sending you on a scavenger hunt. Select your location and the Stray Boots app will send “challenges” asking you to find unique places in your immediate area. Available in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

3.) It Happened Here (iOS/Android, Free): Are you a history buff? The It Happened Here app notifies you of any significant events that happened near your location. The app includes historical events, memorable movie scenes and notorious crimes, so there is something of interest for everyone. Available in: Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.

4.) Around Me (iOS/Android, Free): If you’re looking for something specific in your area, the Around Me app will locate nearby ATMs, coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses. This app works internationally, as well. Available in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

5.) Transit (iOS/Android, Free): Even the most seasoned city-dwellers can be intimidated by public transit. Use the Transit app to plug in your current location and your final destination and the app will share the easiest routes to get there. Available in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

After a long day of exploring, come home to a space with your own personal touch. Find out the 5 Ways to Decorate Your New Home for Less.

*The top five cities with the highest quantity of moving company searches, per MovingCompanyReviews.com data

6 Ways for Kids to Stay in Touch With Friends After Moving

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Moving to a new home, town and school can be difficult for children, especially if they are leaving friends behind. Below are six ways your kids can stay in touch with friends after moving into a new neighborhood. Use these tips to make the transition to your new town as seamless as possible.

1.) Pen pal 2.0: Setting up an email account for your child is an easy way to help them stay in touch with friends. If you’re not ready to give them full Internet freedom, use a kids’ email application like Tocomail to monitor their emails and contact list.

2.) Get social: Letting your child use social media is a big step for any parent. Take baby steps by creating a profile for your child on Yoursphere or KidzWorld. These kid-friendly social networks allow you to monitor your child’s online activity and lets them share updates with their BFF back home.

3.) Start new traditions: Creating new traditions post-move is a great way for your kids to maintain long-distance friendships. For example, your child can share photos of their life in your new home by using Postagram (iOS, Android/Free) to send a postcard of any photo to their friend for $0.99 cents.

4.) Digital study sessions: Help your child and former classmates reconnect through their school work. Use Google Hangouts to set up weekly chat sessions where they can discuss their upcoming science fair projects or summer reading lists. Tip: This idea works best for in-state moves where the curriculum is similar from school to school.

5.) Work with their teacher: Moving mid-school year can be stressful on younger children who have bonded with their classmates. Work with your child’s former teacher to set up a Flat Stanley project so they can keep in touch with every classmate in a fun way. After the project is completed, use an app like Polagram (iOS, Android/Free) to print each student’s Flat Stanley photo on a poster for your child to hang in their room as a keepsake.

6.) Plan a trip: If you are close enough, arrange time to visit with old friends. Use the Roadtrippers app (iOS, Android/Free) to find a point of interest between your old town and new town that both families can enjoy.

Are you looking for ways to further settle into your new home? Add a personal touch to your new home without breaking the bank by checking out our 5 Ways to Decorate Your New Home for Less.

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