You’ve moved to New Orleans and now you have a bunch of cardboard boxes. Oh, what to do.
Option 1: You could break them down and put them by the curb. But, why spend the time and alert everyone you are brand new?
Option 2: You should break them down and recycle them. Better option for the environment, but you still have to spend the time breaking them down and hauling them out to the recycle bin.
Option 3: Have a bonfire. Fun during the winter, but who really has the space for this?
Winning option: Post an ad on Craigslist and have someone else do the work.
We went the route of Craiglist on Friday. We used our smartphone (no wifi in apartment yet) and posted an ad in the free section of Craigslist/New Orleans. It read:
Free moving boxes
Free cardboard boxes for moving…
I finished moving today and I have lots of empty cardboard boxes and packing material.
Several of the boxes are extra thick for moving dishes and glass.
They are free if you pick them up. They are not broken down.
First come, first serve. Call/text my cell for the address: XXX-XXX-XXXX
The first phone call came less than 30 minutes later. Olivia, a New Orleans resident, loaded her car up with boxes to help her move to her new place.
We also were visited by Cliff, a New Orleans resident who needed boxes to help get his daughter into an apartment.
And voila, the boxes are gone. All we had to do was post the ad, answer the phone and be at the apartment when the people arrived.