5 Creative Outdoor Uses for Used Packing Material

You’ve just moved into your new home and are starting to get settled. But now that everything is out of all the boxes you used to pack, you’re wondering what to do with all that cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper filling. To throw those things out would seem such a waste.

One thing you can do with your packing materials is repurpose them for use outside in your garden, on your next camping trip or perhaps at an outdoor sporting event. Here is a list of what you can do to make the most of the “industrial leftovers” from your move:

  • Use newspaper as kindling – Whether you need to start a campfire or light up the charcoal grill, you can use crumpled newspaper to help you get the flames going;
  • Create a compost pile – When you add shredded newspaper to a food scraps, you can create a balanced nitrogen-carbon composting mixture that’s great for your plants;
  • Make garden pot “ winter jackets” –  Outdoor potted plants can die from over exposure to cold weather. A way to avoid this is to wrap cardboard, newspaper or bubble wrap around the pots they live in.
  • Make your own garden mulch – There’s no need to pay for pricey landscaping fabric when you can use stacks of newspaper or large sheets of cardboard to suppress weeds.
  • Use bubble wrap as an outdoor body insulator –  When you go camping, a roll of bubble wrap makes an excellent cushion for your sleeping bag. And if you go to watch an outdoor sporting event, you can use a smaller roll to pad your seat.

Once you’ve unboxed your belongings, you may encounter other dilemmas, like lack of space or a stylistic mismatch between what you own and your new surroundings. Lone Star Self Storage offers safe, inexpensive units of all sizes where you can store things you’re unable to use but don’t want to get rid of. When you’re looking for storage solutions in Austin, let Lone Star help you!

Call Lone Star Self Storage for valuable self-storage help when moving. (512) 444-4232.
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