On The Move: The Best Approach With Boxes

‘Tis the season of relocation. Many people, myself included, and preparing for that oh so enjoyable task of boxing up their lives to begin a new chapter elsewhere. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin the process.

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Acquiring Boxes:

Talk to your local shops about when they recycle their boxes. In Canada at least, the liquor stores have a huge excess and are very helpful when it comes to picking up those extras for a move. Boxes can also be purchased in a pinch; our local dollar store resells large, high quality boxes from other suppliers, and it’s good to know they are recycled and recyclable!

Mind What Goes Inside!

Aside from sorting by room and labeling contents, keep in mind how heavy the items going in your boxes might be. Keep heavier things like books and records in smaller boxes so they are easier to carry.

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Think Tetris:

Fill boxes as much as possible, no point wasting space inside! Take your time and carefully consider how your belongings will fit together to maximize how much you can arrange in one box.

The Miracle of Modification

Worried about bottoming out? Reinforce the boxes with excess cardboard for added strength. Odd size required? Build a box to your specifications by combining more than one together and sealing with packing tape. And remember one of the handiest mods of all: cut out you own handles where there are none to make lifting a breeze!

(Images: MaryAnne Petrella)

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