Today, 5 Star Moving & Storage in Colorado Springs shares how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books, and save your back and legs from injury in the process. We know that moving is a stressful and physically demanding job for everyone involved. Where do you even start? What do you do with your extensive library collection? By following a few simple suggestions as you start a packing regimen, you may even find yourself with a few extra bucks in your pocket at the end of the day!
Here’s your step-by-step for how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books.
- NECESSITIES: This may be a tough one for some, because most bookworms really don’t want to part with ANY of their beloved reads, but it is necessary only to keep the most significant ones, and get rid of the rest when you are trying to downsize. Books add up quickly in the weight department, and that means added cost to your moving bill when hiring a moving truck. Remember, you can gift, resell or donate and earn a little money while making someone else very happy. Sort your books into KEEP piles and GIVE AWAY piles, and then take action. Use social media or online buying sites such as eBay. You can even hold a garage sale at your home or ask a local book store if they can buy the whole lot.
- PACK PROPERLY: You will need to gather up boxes, packing tape, markers, newspapers and packing paper for this task. Your boxes will need to be DRY, clean, sturdy and undamaged but small enough to fit your books. Use the newspaper and packing material to protect your antique or valuable books. Tape and mark the boxes, categorizing each one, so you know exactly what’s in them, such as “cook books,” and what room they need to go to, such as, “kitchen.” This will help your book boxes find their way to the right room in your new place instead of having to reshuffle heavy boxes post-move.
- ENSURE BOXES ARE STURDY: A good point to consider is to reinforce your boxes with masking tape or a strong clear packing tape, and thoroughly inspect them before placing your most cherished books in them. Add a little extra packing paper for protection and peace of mind. This might also be where you go ahead and buy new boxes instead of going the second or third-hand box route.
- HOW TO PACK BOOKS: Believe it or not, there is a protocol on how to pack your books to ensure the best move. Here are 3 great options to choose from:
- FLAT: and stacked is an easy way to place your books in a box of choice. Be sure to have the largest in first and stack up to the smallest.
- UPRIGHT: Place your books upright with the open ends facing the outside of the box, not the inside where they could get damaged.
- SPINES DOWN: This is the least recommended option of the three, but be sure to keep the spines facing the bottom of the box or container to avoid damaging the spine indefinitely.
- DON’T PACK TO TIGHT: Allow a little space in between books, even perhaps adding a towel in between rows if the box allows. Be sure to fill in holes and gaps that you may see to avoid any significant movement that could bend or crinkle pages during transport, whether you’re moving long distance or nearby.
- USE YOUR SUITCASE: This is an excellent way to pack books and add an extra element of protection in doing so. Not only is it durable and waterproof, you also have a comfortable handle to carry them from point A to point B.
- QUICK TIPS FOR MOVING YOUR BOOKS: Keep book boxes under 40 lbs. and keep the boxes small. Double tape bottoms and tops for reinforcement. Prized and antique books afford extra packing precautions or carry them with you to ensure they reach their destination intact.
TICK TOCK, HOW TO TIME EVERYTHING JUST RIGHT
Along with proper book packing, a great idea when moving and packing up belongings is to organize a timeline or calendar that you can follow to ensure you stay on track for when the big day comes. Here is a guideline to follow, adjust it to suit your needs:
4 WEEKS BEFORE:
- Pack out of season items you won’t be needing such as clothes, shoes, sweaters, etc.
- Pack special tools or equipment you won’t be using
- Pack collectible items such dolls, art, figurines, coin and stamp collections
3 WEEKS BEFORE:
- Pack your books at this time and maybe leave a couple of your favorites out
- Pack spare bedding, towels, duvet covers, kitchen ware, kitchen items
2 WEEKS BEFORE:
- Pack up children’s toys, games, office supplies, jewelry, hobby rooms, etc.
1 WEEK BEFORE:
Assess the situation, and see where you may need to pay more attention. Kitchens can be difficult to organize, but now would be the time to start.
- Pack food items, toasters, etc.
- Pack clothes, medicines
- Disassembled furniture
2 DAYS BEFORE:
Everything should be very close to packed and ready in boxes for your residential movers to transport.
- Pack essential box with items you will need during your move, such as toiletries, medicines, and of course a book
When the day finally arrives, remember to try to have fun and go with the flow. Have some friends over to help if possible, keep pets and kids in a secure area, out of the path of the movers, and keep an eye on which items need to go where.
Whether you are moving long distance, or just across the street, try to keep a positive outlook and a stress-free attitude to make the move go smoothly. After all, it is always exciting to start a new chapter, and a new and exciting journey, wherever that may take you. Just like the cherished books you have carefully packed, your new move holds a new story, so enjoy!
Knowing how to avoid moving with a 500 pound box of books will save you a lot time, hassles and sore muscles. Of course, if you find yourself short on time or just too overwhelmed with packing up your library, remember you always have the choice of asking the professionals at 5 Star Moving & Storage to work their magic and get your library packed safely and securely.