You may have the desire to be more echo-friendly but in reality it can be very difficult to maintain a green life style, especially if you've got a large family. When moving house there's so much to contend with that being 'green' can be the least of your worries, however it's really not as difficult as you might think. With a few small tips and tricks, you can not only make moving house or office all the more echo-friendly but you may even save yourself some money. A lot of these ideas are actually centred around giving yourself the time and space to fully think your move through. Not only will you be giving yourself the time to consider your impact on the environment, but you'll also be giving yourself some mind space to allow for a calmer house relocation process.Think ahead and start reducing junk earlyThe process of packing and moving normally entails going through what can sometimes be years of clutter and debris from the family. If you know you're aiming to move in the next few months, start going through some of this clutter slowly and carefully. Start room by room. You don't need to be packing things down just yet, but look and see what you want to take with you and what you don't. As you clean, don't just throw away the unwanted items. Paperwork, cardboard, glass and some plastics can all be recycled. Clothes, books, equipment and nearly all other items, if in good condition, can be donated to charity shops. If you find something in particularly good condition and of value, you could even sell it online! Local second hand furniture shops are always willing to come to your house and pick up unwanted larger pieces of furniture and your local iron mongers may be interested in picking up an old fridge or washing machine. Work your way through the house until you are left with only the things you want to move with.Boxes, boxes and more boxesPacking normally comes with using large amounts of boxes. Whilst this might seem like the most environmentally unfriendly stage of the move, there's several ways to make this as echo-friendly as possible. One idea is to start collecting boxes as early as possible. Go down to your local supermarket and ask for some, there are always hundreds being thrown away every day, so they're normally happy to help. Ask friends or at work, or some shops sell foldable plastic boxes that you could reuse again and again when you get to the next house for storage or laundry. Whilst this is also a cost-effective way, the down side is that you may end up with a collection of different sized and shaped boxes and this can make loading your moving van difficult if you are packing a large van. Echo-friendly removal firmsBecause there is such wide awareness these days of having a greener move, more and more removal companies are embracing ways of making increasingly echo-friendly removal services. If you're hiring a van, hire company normally have a wide variety of vehicles that have low fuel consumption, making your petrol go further meaning less of a carbon footprint per journey made. Removal companies often have a wide selection of boxes made from recycled card. The joy of cardboard boxes means they can then be recycled again when you're finished with them! The benefits of using boxes provided by a moving firm is they will come in standardised sizes. When it comes to loading your van, it's incredibly useful to pile boxes of the same size and shape on top of each other. It makes for safer unloading and ensures your items are less likely to be damaged in transit. So there's no need to fret. Being green during your move needn't be an expensive heart-breaking experience. It simply needs a little extra thought and planning, which, as it turns out, may just allow you to save money and have a swifter, smoother move!