Importance of Recycling and Reusing Packaging

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Packaging is a necessary part of everyday life and economy, whether from the parcels you’ve received from an online order or boxes that we use before moving. It protects products and belongings. It preserves them and prevents damage during transit. However, the packaging is often viewed as waste, and in most cases, it usually ends up this way too.

In today’s society, helping the environment in every way should be our top priority. Recycling and reusing materials like plastic, cardboard, and bubble wrap, to mention a few are things that we should all be doing naturally. At Stoke Removals, we offer packaging services that are eco-friendly, sustainable and recyclable without compromising performance or cost.

We want to educate everyone on the benefits of reusing and recycling materials for parcel shipments, packaging and other uses.

Benefits of reusing materials for shipping and packing

Various materials like paper, cardboard, polystyrene and bubble wraps are just a few that are prevalent in parcels and packages. All of these are reusable and just as valuable as a new packaging product by simply saving these materials and keeping them stored. Doing so will cut down on your weekly waste, shipping cost and reduce rubbish at local landfill sites. It’s a win-win situation when you’re helping the environment and saving your hard-earned money.

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Dismantling and Rebuilding Furniture

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The process of dismantling and rebuilding requires hard labour and effort. It’s undoubtedly stressful and time-consuming when you have to move houses or offices at the same time. Most of us picture moving out as a simple task. We tend to think that we can finish in a few hours, but the results don’t often alight with our expectations in reality. A ten-minute job can turn into a nightmarish hour when trying to disassemble a bed or wardrobe.

Without the right tools, careful planning, and extra help, dismantling and rebuilding furniture will take up too much of your time and energy. Removal companies offer excellent services at affordable prices and save you all hassle and work that comes with moving out. Here are some great tips and hints on dismantling that can help you.

How to dismantle a wardrobe

You can go about this differently depending on what style of wardrobe you own. Some wardrobes, such as classic two-door wardrobes, won’t need dismantling and can be carried and transported with decent access.

Make sure to remove any loose and unfixed shelves before removing the frame of your wardrobe. On some occasions, it’s necessary to unscrew the railing from the side. The next step is the removal of the doors.

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Choosing the Correct Boxes for Your Move



When moving out, most of us don’t think much about which box we would use before packing. We tend to improvise and store our things in the nearest bag or unused box, as long as we get the job done. So choosing the correct boxes is often neglected and overlooked by most movers.

However, to make moving out easy and efficient, it is essential to choose the correct box to safely store your things and avoid damaging your items. Below is a list of different types of boxes and their uses.

Wardrobe Box

Whilst the wardrobe box is designed to store your clothes, they are versatile enough to be used for any other items. The horizontal bar provides a space to hang your most important garments like shirts, blazers, jackets and trousers. By using this box, you can be sure that none of your favourite clothes will crease. As a bonus, the process of unpacking your clothes is straightforward and stress-free.

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Tips for Moving In Together

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Moving in with your partner is a big step and exciting, but there are many things you need to do before moving. Here are some tips that will make the process more stress-free for you and your partner.

Packing Before the Move

Having everything packed and the boxes labelled makes the move-in go smoothly. Take your time to pack carefully and label each box. It is helpful to number the boxes and write down an inventory of what each numbered box contains. Separate the things that will go into the new place and those that will be put in storage and box them accordingly. Label the large items with a numbered sticker as well.

Unpacking After the Move

Due to pandemic, it’s important to follow the safety rules. Let the delivery workers bring the boxes in while you stay a safe distance away from them.

Give the movers a prepared guide of where things need to go. It is how your numbering system will come in handy. Have a floor plan diagram with a list of the numbers of the boxes or furniture for each room.

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Dealing with Moving Day Problems

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When it comes to removals, Leicester residents can normally take it easy, knowing they have one of the city’s top firms right on their doorstep. At Stoke Removals and Storage we try to make your big move as stress and hassle-free as we possibly can.

Unfortunately, we can’t always do that. Life sometimes throws problems at you at the most inconvenient times – including when you’re moving house. While they can’t all be avoided, here are some of the more common ones and how to deal with them.


It’s impossible to control the weather and, as we move into the winter months, its increasingly likely that your moving day will be marred by wind, rain, and maybe even snow. While it can put a dampener (no pun intended) on your move, it’s normally not the end of the world. Most professional removal companies are well-experienced in driving under inclement conditions. They will work quickly to get your belongings on and off the van to limit any chance of water damage and drive carefully to your new home.

Bad movers

This is a particular bugbear for us as, when it comes to removal companies, Leicester has some of the best. Unfortunately, those few removal firms that treat their customers and their belongings poorly give the rest of us a bad name. We recommend researching your removal company before you commit to a contract with them. Check out their website, look for online reviews, and speak to friends and family for their recommendations.

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Preparing for a House Move During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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With the country still feeling the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, moving house has been difficult over the last few months. Difficult – but not impossible. At Stokes Removals and Storage, we have continued to assist our customers in the Leicester area with all of their removal needs.

The safety of our removal teams and our customers remain our top priority. While we try to make your moving day as worry and stress free as possible, it is each of our responsibilities to maintain social distancing and minimise contact wherever possible.

To make things easier for you, we have put together the following tips that may come in handy when preparing for a house move during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Physical distancingGive yourself extra time: unfortunately, we won’t be able to pop round and assist you with your packing, like we normally would have done. This may mean you have to book us a bit more in advance that you may have liked, if only to ensure you have the time to pack, especially if you’re also working from home.

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Moving House at Christmas

Moving at Christmas

Here at Stokes Removals, we have been assisting our clients with their removals in Leicester for more than half a century. While moving house at Christmas might make things a bit more frantic, there are ways to minimise the impact of the holiday season on your big move.

Here are just a few of them…

The weather

With any winter move, you run the risk of getting snow on your moving day and, the further you get into December, the greater the likelihood of this occurring. Most removal companies operate heavy-duty vans and lorries that can easily handle inclement weather. For your own safety, make sure you have a supply of sand, grit, or road salt to keep your pathways clear of snow.

Christmas shopping

Always a conundrum? Do you buy it all beforehand and load onto the removals van? Do you wait until you move and risk getting everything delivered on time? One alternative is to ask a friend or family member to look after your Christmas shopping for you until the big move.Continue reading

Reasons Why You Should Move to Leicester – Right Now!

Whether you are looking for a residential removal in Leicestershire or thinking of possibly a commercial removal – Leicester has a lot to offer you.

Here at Stokes Removals, we decided to help you with making your decision, making sure you not only learn about the city but what opportunities Leicester offers (whether you are moving for an office relocation or house removals) and why you should call for help with a removal company.


Situated in the East Midlands, Leicester lies on the River Soar and stands at a convenient distance of cities such as Nottingham, Birmingham, and London.

With the hustle and bustle of city life, there is a wealth of opportunity within this area. Outside of the city you are relieved of the city ambiance and greeted with countryside roads and smaller villages.

A city of business 

You will find a wealth of business, ranging from small to global across the city and surrounding areas.

With a range of close amenities closeby, Leicester is the perfect place to move to – whether it is for business opportunities or you are moving there with your family.

Tourist Attractions

Leicester has many attractions for you to explore, especially with the most famous attraction of King Richard III Visitor Centre coming into light.

Leicester will be able to provide you with a wide range of touristy features, from family all-time favourite events to enriching historical attractions and multi-cultural cuisine experiences – there is something for the whole family (or new office staff!).Continue reading

How to Stay Calm on Moving Day?

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Moving day is an exciting time. It comes after months of preparation, finalising a sale, confirming a new property, arranging with a removals company and more. All of this brings stress. Though moving can be a joyful time, it is often linked to a big life change which can introduce a lot of uncertainty.

It’s normal to feel stressed when it comes to moving house or apartment, but too much stress can have an impact on your health and impair your judgement – something you want to limit if you’re going through a big change like moving house!

Stokes Removals have helped thousands of clients since starting in the removals business over 50 years ago. As a family-run business, the knowledge and experience of how to organise moving day has been passed on and refined. We know how best to help clients experience a stress-free moving day, so read on to find out our tips.

Take Care Of Yourself

Even in the case that you are moving house under happy circumstances, it is still a major upheaval. You are breaking away from your usual routines and familiar environment and this is sure to affect you. If possible, take a few days off work prior to the move so that your focus is not divided. Before moving day you will be busy but don’t skip meals or cut down on sleep.Continue reading

6 Safety Tips for Moving House

Moving houseMoving house is an exciting time but if you aren’t prepared it can become stressful and time-consuming. In the midst of packing and moving, make sure that you’re not neglecting safety as an injury is the last thing you want.

Stokes Removals offer safe and straight-forward business and residential removals in Leicester, to streamline the process and make moving more manageable for you.  Follow our tips to ensure you carry out tasks safely and avoid injuries.


If you decide to do packing yourself, invest in some good quality boxes, tapes and markers to ensure that your belongings are safely packed away and boxes won’t split.

Avoid overpacking your boxes and always pack lighter items in bigger boxes, or they will become too heavy to lift. For heavier items, pack them at the bottom of boxes so that the weight will be distributed, and use bubblewrap or newspaper to ensure that they do not move around inside which can make it dangerous to carry them.


It’s vital that you know to lift using your legs instead of your back to prevent long-term injuries. Your leg muscles are much stronger and they should be taking the majority of weight. To make it easier, place boxes on top of chairs or tables as you pack to avoid bending down as much. Take the time to assess how heavy the boxes will be and make sure that you can take the strain without injuring your back in the process.Continue reading