5 Ideas for Moving Home Abroad in Sustainable Way

There comes a time in life when moving home is just inevitable. When, no matter what the reasons are, it is just bound to happen. And let’s face it, it is awful.

The whole moving process usually begins with excitement – looking for a new place to call home, but when it comes to the actual moving part, and especially moving far away, it can get ugly.

Being distracted by various things such as work, exams or kids, can make things even worse. At one point the process of moving home can become just a mess of impracticable planning, forgetting, and even over calculating the size of the new home. If you happen to be moving a lot, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That is why it is very important to think ahead. Organize your belongings, consider sustainable ways of moving abroad and the most important – think about the things you are leaving behind. You shouldn’t avoid being environmentally conscious when packing. Here are some practical ideas that you can use as guide lines if you have trouble where to start.

Make a Plan

make a planPlanning your move ahead and giving yourself enough time to sort things out in detail can be a crucial starting point for an eco-friendly and stress-free change of home. Immigration lawyers suggest that if you want to be smart you should, firstly, make a list of important documents of all family members. Make separate lists and try sorting them out by using colored paper or different fonts. Try sorting your items by rooms. Take your time and find which method suits you and what helps you organize.

Pack Smartpack smart

Before the moving process begins, take into consideration the reusable packages for your belongings. Renting boxes for packing  and giving them back after you are finished will save you time as well as space. You will no longer have to think about creating extra storage for something that you rarely use. Finally, why create more waste when you can save money while moving sustainably by investing in thing such as a Tygabox. They are reusable therefore good for the environment.


recycle-reuseReduce the unnecessary waste by buying only what you need. Always choose items that can be recycled. Waste reduction is something you should have in mind while packing as well as unpacking, whether you use newspapers or biodegradable packing peanuts. If you already have bubble wrap or if you’ve purchased foam, list and share them online for others to use. That way you will recycle the materials that are non-degradable.

Choose or Reuse

If you are wondering what to do next, well, do the obvious – measure the space you are moving into and also calculate the expenses of taking stodgy furniture abroad  and make a list of things that will fit. Use the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – to help you choose. Take your time when it comes to deciding which pieces of furniture you will take with you and avoid throwing the unnecessary away. You can always donate or even sell it online.

Consider buying second hand furniture if yours doesn’t fit or if you are ready for a change because this method truly is the most eco-friendly. Experienced movers agree that what is even better is the fact that it is an action that can be repeated if you are frequently moving. Or if you easily get bored with the look of your interior. Plus you can find vintage items that just might be that one piece you were looking for to make your room more comfortable and homey.

Clean Green

Ensure your home is eco-friendly simply by buying products that are not polluting the environment. Avoid using cleaning products that emit toxic chemicals, including phosphorous, nitrogen, and ammonia. That means – read the label before your purchase. It takes a little of your time but green cleaningit has a great impact on nature. If you are handy you can also make your own cleaning products and ensure safe and healthy life. There are many recipes you can try out until you find what is best for you home. Also try using detergents that are perfume free.

Even thought moving abroad is time consuming if you are well prepared and organized you will successfully accomplish your moving plan in a sustainable way. Just don’t forget to think about the environment!


~Article submitted by Leila Dorari, an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She is passionate about home improvement and living better lives by nurturing our surroundings. In her free time you can find her window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.