Boxes for moving should be clean and sturdy. Those that are ripped or starting to come apart will only get worse during the course of the move.
For ease of loading try to gather boxes that are similar in width and length (the height can vary); this will make them easy to stack.
Though scavenging boxes will save money, many people find the convenience of new boxes worth the price. Orderly stacks of new boxes are easy to keep organized, so you can quickly pull out the right-size box.
If you purchase boxes from a moving company, they will usually buy back what you don’t use. Also check online companies that specialize in moving materials. They may charge less can can deliver boxes and supplies in just a couple of days.
Some companies sell box kits that include a variety of box sizes typically needed for specific rooms. Whether you buy a kit or just order boxes, have a variety of boxes on hand for packing.
Types Of Moving Box
Wardrobe Boxes. Wardrobe boxes have a double-strength cardboard and a metal hanger bar, so you can simply transfer hanging items from your closet to the moving box. These generally come in two sizes, a shorter one for shirts and folded over pants and a taller one for dresses, coats, and other long clothing. Wardrobe boxes can also be used for large items such as hanging plants and large lamps. Many people keep them after the move to use for off-season storage.
Boxes for paperwork. If you have sturdy filing cabinets and will be able to transport it with a hand truck, its usually best to just wrap the cabinet and move it with the files inside. Otherwise, but boxes made for paperwork. These sturdy boxes come in a variety of sizes to hold legal- or letter-size files. They are also ideal for manuals, receipts, and other important documents. Most have an easy-open top or removable lid, so no taping is needed–and you can easily get at the papers.
Important. Remember this piece of advice: If it is heavy for you it will be heavy for the movers. So keep things that are heavy to the smaller boxes.
Cell kits. A cell kit, also called a partition kit, slips into a matching box to isolate glasses and other small objects. Most kits have two or more cell sizes. Small cells are typically 41/2 inches square and 61/2 inches deep for each section, and these are 12 sections or cell grids. Larger cells are commonly 41/2 inches square but 13 inches deep. Make sure your valuables will fit loosely into the cells, so you can wrap them.
Dish Barrel. Also called a dish pack, this is a large box with walls made of double-thick cardboard for extra strength and cushioning. It can also be used for packing a number of small pictures and other fragile items. Typically we use them to pack in blankets and pillows as it is easy to overload the box and make it too heavy to lift.
Lamp Box. This tall, relatively slim box is just the right size for most lamps and may accommodate the shade as well. Make sure your lamp will fit with several spare inches to allow for packing material. Some lamp boxes can also be used for golf clubs and other tall items.
TV Boxes. If you managed to save the boxes that originally housed your TV, monitor, stereo components, and other electronics, it’s always best to reuse them–especially if you have the foam packing. Otherwise consider buying boxes made specifically for electronics and small appliances. Some are designed to hold, for instance, and 70 inch TV, or a standard-size CD or DVD players.
Picture and mirror packing. TO pack a large glass-framed picture or mirror, buy a two-part picture box. The upper portions slides up and down to accommodate pictures of various sizes. If you’re ordering online, they are typically shipped in bundles housed in a frame box, so you may end up with one frame box as a bonus with each bundle of boxes you order.
As an alternative, buy a picture packing kit, which includes for foam corners and a strap that holds them tight. Once wrapped, the picture can be safely stored in a box.
Of course the cheapest way to obtain moving boxes is to scavenge from local businesses. Liquor stores, copy centers, office supply, and grocery stores can be good sources.
Check with the manager . Often stores have boxes available only early in the morning–before they break them down and dispose of them.
Unfortunately the hallmark of a scavenged box move is often a hodgepodge of different size boxes that have to be fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. As much as possible try to get groups of boxes that are the same width and length, so that they can be stacked neatly.
Also, avoid boxes without lids, because you can’t stack on top of them.
Liquor boxes are sturdy, but tend to be on the small side. Use them for small heavy items, but be sure to also look for large boxes.
Copier pare boxes are sturdy and have a removable top. They are strong and big enough to be useful but no so big that they’ll be too heavy to carry. Copying outlets will often set them aside for you.
Some veteran DIY movers swear by banana boxes because they are strong, plentiful, and stack well. Handle holes make them easy to carry, though the openings in the lid and bottom can be inconvenient.
Boxes that hold toilet paper or paper towels are large but usually not strong enough for dishes or heavy items. They are ideal for clothing and linens.
You’ll often find a stack of broken down boxes near a dumpster. If they have not been damaged by packing strap, you ca easily fit them into your vehicle. However it pays to be a bit choosy; check them for size and make sure they are not damaged.