Moving Tips – Reduce Stress – Recycle!

Moving House, Home or Apartment or Workplace

Is moving home one of life’s most stressful events?  During 2015 E. ON the energy company provided an answer to this questions. They surveyed 2000 people who had moved home in the previous three years. The research revealed 61% of those surveyed placed the ordeal at the top of their stress list, so it’s true, moving is stressful.

Young couple unpacking in their new home
Packing Boxes – Moving home

Stress Points

Some of  that stress might be caused by the fact that removal firms unusually work out the cost for your move by the volume of items that you have to transport to your new home.

Reducing your volume prior to the move should save you money and creates an opportunity to de-clutter  through reuse or recycling. In fact, it creates a wonderful opportunity to list and remove items that are broken or unneeded. It’s an excellent motivator to share unwanted items with others or recycle items no longer required .

It’s a good idea to start with storage areas such as the spare rooms, the attic, basement, garage or store in the weeks before your move, as removal teams will want to do a pre-move checklist of your belongings. This helps determine how much stuff needs to be moved and gives an idea of wants involved in moving!

Moving Checklist.
Moving Checklist.

What to Recycle

People are still surprised by the number of objects that can be recycled. Recycling goes way beyond glass, plastic, paper and tins that your waste company collects. Commonly recycled items include furniture, clothing, electrical goods, batteries, bulbs, or old toys. home-office equipment, metal cabinets or lockers.  These can all be recycled prior to moving.

Recycled appliances like phones, kettles, cables, dryers, computer, servers or washing machine’s can be repurposed or their components can be removed and converted into new products.

Recycling allows home movers to clear out old items and reduce the cost of the removal, protect our environment and conserve natural resources. Remember this logic can be applied to moving from any location including an office, warehouse, doctors surgery or shop.

10 Moving Tip

  1. In the weeks and days leading up to your move, use up perishables including food and cleaning products and recycle plastic containers  before your moving date.
  2. All electronics and electrical equipment (e.g. computers, toasters, heaters or kettles) contain some precious metallic elements like gold, silver, copper and aluminum that can be reused. Recycling these items saves valuable new resources.
  3. Petrol, paint and oils should be disposed of before moving home. Many removal companies will not move your petrol lawnmower if it is not emptied of all petrol and oil and paint are heavy and will cost you money to move.
  4. Fuel such as coal or oil should be included in the lease or sale or used well in advance of moving.
  5. Kids toys, clothes or bikes can be offered to charity shops, social enterprises, family shelters or housing projects. If damaged they be recycled at a civic amenity recycling centres. Some recycling centres take a range of items manufactured from plastics, metals and wood.
  6. Following your move, you have lots of packing boxes. The boxes may be supplied by moving company so they can be given back. If not the boxes are most likely to be made from recyclable materials, so should be able to be added to your paper recycling bin. If you have a large number that will not fit, they can be taken to your nearest civic amenity site.
  7. Take pictures of wire connections on electronic equipment such as computers, printer and wireless router as it will help you set them up at your new home.
  8. Label boxes by room and number them to ensure you have them all on arrival at your house.
  9. Make sure you have lots of help at hand to pack and lift boxes and equipment.
  10. Finally, there may be items that you wish to dispose but it may not be easy to find a recycler! Here are 10 community based organisations who can help to reduce your belongings before your  move.
Recycle IT – Before moving it.
About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a community collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2015 Recycle IT offered recycling collection and drop off services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of old electrical and electronic items including over lot of old monitors, computers and TV’s.

Recycle IT also work with communities across Dublin to support reuse.  Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland.  We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authority.


To learn more about Recycle IT,  email us call 01 4578321. or visit our website at

Age Friendly Ireland
Recycle IT are Recognised as Age Friendly

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: