Moving will be one of the most stressful tasks you will face in life. From cleaning and packing to moving your heavy belongings out and into a home, it is easy to see the physical and emotional challenges involved. Fortunately, the packing process does not have to be terrible. By choosing the right boxes to use to pack specific items, you can reduce overwhelming stress. With this guide, you will get the breakdown on moving boxes to ensure your items are packed in an efficient and effective manner.
Most of your items will be small, so investing in a large quantity of smaller boxes is smart.
To get started, focus on your kitchen, since your cabinets, drawers, and shelves will be full of these smaller items. Your dishes should be packed in specialty boxes, known as dish packs. Constructed out of a corrugated cardboard material and featuring dividers, dish pack boxes allow you to pack your dishes and other fragile items without too much worry of them breaking.
Dish pack boxes that measure around 18x18x27 inches are best for fragile dishes, glasses, and vases.
Small boxes should also be used to pack canned goods, DVDs, CDs, video games, and small toys.
Most people also use smaller boxes to pack books, which is fine. However, avoid stuffing these smaller boxes with books since too many will make the boxes excessively heavy. Small boxes may look lightweight, but it they are full of books, they will be difficult to lift and transport.
Items that are bulky or oddly-shaped should be packed in boxes of a medium size.
Pots and pans are great to place in medium boxes that are square or rectangular shaped. Secure lids to their matching pots and pans to ensure they do not go missing. Use cable ties to secure them in place or label each lid with its matching piece to avoid confusion.
Small kitchen appliances can also be packed in medium size boxes. Blenders, toasters, coffee makers, and mixers should be wrapped in plastic or bubble wrap before placing in the box. Also, make sure to remove any accessories that may fall off. Place these pieces in a plastic bag, label with the appliance name, and place inside the box.
Computer parts, video game consoles, DVD players, cable boxes, and other electronic components can also be stored in medium size boxes. Again, remove any detachable pieces, place in a bag, and label according to what component the accessories belong to. Place remotes in their coordinating bags, as well.
Remove batteries from any items if you are placing the boxes into storage. Batteries may leak acid while sitting in storage over time, so removing the batteries before packing is imperative.
You will need a good amount of larger boxes to pack up certain items. Larger boxes are best for large quilts, comforters, pillows, towels, and sleeping bags.
You should also pack lamps and lampshades in these larger boxes. Be sure to remove the lampshade and wrap in bubble wrap to reduce the risk of bending and warping. Remove bulbs from the lamps to ensure glass does not break all over your other belongings. Wrap lamp bases in plastic wrap, as well.
Consult your movers to determine if they offer specialty boxes for packing expensive or larger items.
Television prices decrease each day, but replacing a broken TV after a move is most likely not an expense you want. Therefore, invest in a specialty box for packing your flat screen TV. These boxes look similar to the box your flat screen was originally sold in. Placing your TV inside the box before your move will reduce the risk of it breaking during transport.
Large specialty boxes are also available for mirrors and framed art. These boxes may be an expense, but they are a worthwhile investment to protect your expensive wall décor.
Moving will be challenging, but knowing what type of boxes are available can make the packing process easier. Talk to your moving service, a place like Kaster Moving, for more information.