Ok, let's face it, moving is a major pain in the rear end. Yes, it can be fun to go and see new and exciting places, make new friends while exploring your new home. However, packing everything up and loading it into the van or truck, and then doing it all in reverse at the other end of the trip is no fun at all. Particularly, when you pull out the box that contained Great Aunt Mabel's fine bone china, and see that the box is crushed.
Easily one of the most underappreciated elements to a successful move is the moving box. With the right moving box, you will be able to move all of your items with a lower likelihood of damaging the items inside. This doesn't even count the fact that with the right types of moving boxes you will be able to stack everything easier, and therefore be able to fit more items into your moving van safely, allowing you to move more items at a time.
Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the best possible moving boxes for your needs.
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After you've emptied the boxes at your destination, offer them to your local Food Bank. They often accept them to package the foodstuff for clients, and are most appreciative.
In fact, if you generate empty boxes at your work, etc., pass them along too. Think paper boxes (with lids), computer boxes, etc. We've been doing this for about 10 years, and it is always welcome. They even come & pick them up in their truck!
I am in my 28th home since marrying my husband. The Army moves us every 3 years. In that time I have had some of the liquor boxes with dividers that are packed with Christmas figurines and vases that I originally packed for my wedding move in 1976. They have been opened, checked and OK'd by every government packing team since then and are still in good shape.
Do not get the big boxes unless you need them for a specific thing as they will be heavy and awkward to carry (and harder to stow if they don't need immediate unpacking).
Darlene \'Dee\' Bishop
As someone who has never lived anywhere longer than 5 years in all my life (I'm 54!), I have to agree with the importance of the boxes when moving. I disagree, however, that movers should avoid liquor store boxes. These have proven to be my BEST boxes for moving and have lasted many years filled with items in storage. They often come with cardboard dividers that make them perfect for glassware and other smaller items, too. And they are ideal for books - about 50 boxes worth here!