What to Do with Leftover Shipping Boxes

You’re done with packing, and, behold, what you are left with are leftover shipping boxes. So, what can you do with those? Even if you’re the most meticulous planner out there, you will, at some point, run out of things to put inside these boxes. What you’re left with is a bunch of empty boxes that you cannot find a use for. This article will help you figure out what you can do with your extra shipping boxes. We will hand you out a few suggestions. Which one you’ll implement is something of your own choosing.

Recycling leftover shipping boxes

This is, of course, the first idea that comes to mind. It’s simple enough, just flatten the boxes, put them all together, add some duct tape and when you have neatly-stacked piles of boxes, just take them away to the container which bears the words “paper”. So, out of sight, out of mind. Usually, professional packers in Kuwait resort to this option. This is a clean, simple, efficient and ethical option. It’s the simplest and most straightforward idea when it comes to managing extra shipping boxes. Now, let’s have a look at the others…

Hand them over to someone you know

Just put them on Craigslist or Amazon. Basically, there’s one very specific sort of people that need leftover cardboard boxes – people with the intent on moving soon. And, well, supermarket employees and storage managers. But the first group is much easier to find than the other two, which comes as no surprise. This is also a very convenient solution for you, too. To put it bluntly, the idea is to give boxes to people who need them most, which brings us to our next point…

A fridge in a supermarket.
Supermarkets are always in need of cardboard boxes.

Donate leftover shipping boxes

On second thought, you can see that people who move and supermarkets are not the only ones who need leftover boxes. In fact, there are many ideas on how to give leftover shipping boxes away to people who actually need them. While shipping companies Kuwait will be more than eager to grab them, let’s explore your other alternatives:

  • There’s no obvious single choice, but you can always consider your local school to be among the ones that always accept any help people care to give. Most likely, it will be for donation purposes or storing materials, or, in the case of the school library, books;
  • Consider, then, a homeless shelter. Such places also do experience a lot of moving, so it is a good idea to leave the boxes over there.

Get creative

This advice may be a bit vague. However, we will get into the specifics in a short order, do not worry. All you have to do is awaken your inner five-year-old, and start making some interesting things out of these boxes. Also, it helps greatly when you have a kid or a pet.

Build a cardboard house

Basically, you don’t need much. A scalpel or a pair of scissors, some duct tape and some paint. Oh, and, some imagination. Take a box, cut out the sides according to your design, and, voila, you’ve got yourself a neat little decoration for your new home;

If you have a pet…

Extra cardboard boxes can serve as a nice house for your cat or dog. It’s not a mystery that dogs love boxes, and cats simply adore them. So, if you have a pet, you can take some crayons and make a reasonably good home for your pet, who will surely appreciate it. Add some pillows and blankets and your lovely little pet gets a brand new home.

A dog in a box.
Your dog will certainly appreciate having a cozy place to play and sleep in.

Even, better, if you have a kid…

…then, you should make sure that the leftover shipping boxes that you’re going to use are still there. The thing is that kids love to play with them. If you add a few wings and paint it light blue, it becomes an airplane. If you turn it upside down and add a roof, it’s a house. The options are endless, and if you’re lacking imagination at that particular moment, your kid will surely provide.

Have you tried gardening with leftover shipping boxes?

Now, this depends on the size of these boxes. Generally speaking, shipping boxes aren’t the best material for gardening, but, be a little bit creative. We’re not talking here about potatoes or such large-scale gardening techniques. This is about small plants that primarily serve as interior design. It’s called lasagna-gardening. Basically, the box is just the first layer, after which some waterproof fabric comes. Styrofoam, for example. These boxes, of course, are easy to decorate, so if you want to make your new home look a little bit nicer, leftover shipping boxes are the ideal solution for you.

Decorated boxes.
Leftover shipping boxes can also be used for decoration.

Finally, there are countless other situations in which you can use leftover shipping boxes

Now, this isn’t all of it. This article is for the general public, which you are a part of. However, every home is specific, and every family can use cardboard boxes in different ways. Which means, of course, that there could be countless unique ways to use them. For example, if you’re painting the walls, you can use the leftover shipping boxes to protect the floor. On the other hand, if you need a temporary container for your stuff, do not hesitate to use the boxes. You can also use them as knee or ankle pads if you’re doing gardening. They could also come in handy for storing some decorations and items you do not use on a daily basis. The ideas are boundless, and it is up to you to implement them into reality!