It’s time to move, and the stress is creeping in. Do you have all the boxes and moving materials you’ll need? Though good moving boxes can be expensive, we’ll help you save money by showing you what kind of boxes you’ll need for The Big Day. We’ll also share our best tips for saving money by finding free moving boxes.
Here are the types of boxes you’ll need for your move:
Corrugated Cartons for the Kitchen
These boxes are thick and sturdy with two layers of cardboard. They’re also known as Dish Packs and are designed for packing glassware, dishes, china, crystal, and other heavy or fragile pieces.
Small Boxes and Heavy Items
These small boxes (also known as “book” boxes) are around 1.5-1.75 cubic feet and are ideal for heavy items like books, office paperwork, and magazines. If you have a lot of hardbacks, magazines, or a large amount of paper to move, consider getting the reinforced boxes for heavy items. The heavy boxes come in double-layer cardboard, as well. Our pros suggest marking boxes as “Heavy” to prevent accidents and injuries during the move. Don’t overfill these boxes: the top should lie flat against your items when closed. The weight of a filled book box shouldn’t exceed 35 pounds.
Medium to Large Boxes for Most Things
Medium and large boxes are great for most items in the house: pots, pans, small appliances, non-perishable food, toys, and other things. The medium box is usually three cubic feet and is considered the universal moving box. Small and medium electronics, clothes, towels, bedding, toys, and most things in the house can fit in these boxes. The maximum packed weight should be around 30 pounds; never exceed 50 pounds – it could become dangerous and cause damage if the box collapses.
A large box is around 4.5 to 4.9 cubic feet. This box is for unwieldy items and shouldn’t be used for anything too heavy. If you try to pack books, magazines, and/or papers in this box, it will likely collapse. The packed weight of this box should be 100 pounds or less.
Wardrobe boxes come with a metal bar hanger for your clothes, though you don’t have to use it. It’s like a closet on the move and typically comes in two sizes. This box is for moving clothes from your closet to the box and back on the rack when you arrive. It’s a specialized box, so it’s best to buy them as needed since it’s not suitable for most other items in the home.
Picture Boxes (also known as Universal Mirror Packs)
These moving boxes are for paintings, artwork, mirrors, and other items that would normally hang on your wall. This box is designed for moving things that are flat and fragile. These boxes can be adjusted to the size of the picture you’re packing. Professional movers also use these boxes for glass table tops.
Choosing the right boxes is key to assuring a safe and affordable move. Our pros also add that you should try to pack similar items together. For example, fragile items shouldn’t be packed with a metal statue. Use plastic bags to store hardware items like screws and hangers or other accessories like cables and connectors. Take the cables for your home computer and put them in a plastic bag. Label the bag appropriately, and then use clear tape to attach the plastic bag to your computer so that you can unpack it all together.
Label your boxes with clear systems to make unpacking easier. Identify which boxes you’ll want to be unpacked first at your destination and mark them with a “1” or some other priority indicator.
Moving can be expensive and stressful, so saving money can make all the difference. We offer a downloadable and printable PDF guide on where to get free moving boxes. There’s no point in spending more than you already have to for your next move, free moving boxes are definitely the way to go.
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