It is both an exciting time and a frantic experience, when you are ready to relocate, thus do you know the best packing boxes to use for moving? Of course, it is an excellent to gather a surplus of cardboard boxes, but to simply head to the grocery store or one of your other local stores and begin to gather a mismatch of them will only lead to chaos. Frankly, you will only have a big mess or disorganization on your hands, leading to more stress. In order to have a more organized planned experience, you must consider several factors before beginning your move. Here are some helpful, necessary tips on sizes to use.
What are you moving? You must take an inventory of exactly what it is that you will need to fit into a packing box. Certainly, it is easier, if you are only moving one room but in most cases this is not true. Most people have a whole house, apartment or condo, plus a garage and perhaps a shed, too. Walk around with both a pen and paper or use the notepad application on your iPhone and write down what you see. It is imperative to take your time. Another helpful idea to assist you as you sort through your list is to take pictures. This will be beneficial to refresh your memory and give you a clear perspective on the sizes of your various items, you have noted. After all, let us be realistic, a few days, weeks or months may pass by between your walk through and the actual date of when you begin to gather your boxes and begin to pack.
• Make a List
If you are unfamiliar with the variety of boxes available these days, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Forget about picking up a pile of boxes left outside a store. You do not know if they are damaged by wetness, mold, and have bugs and debris inside. Who knows, what you may encounter. Today, you can order dimensions and widths that are suitable for various items, including sturdier cardboard vs., the flimsy grocery store types. Take advantage of this and take heed. The professional have spent serious time analyzing the whole concept of box sizes down to a science for your convenience. Use their data and look over the list below explaining their uses.
• New is Better
Okay. Let us go carefully over the size dimensions of available boxes on the marketplace from the height, width and length and the suggested contents to put inside these various sizes of a box. There are about 8 main types that you should be aware of and each has been developed to fit your needs for multiple of situations.
Small - you can load these right on up with your heavier things; such as books, records, etc. being small, these are easier to handle (approximately 1.5 cubic feet)
Medium - more of a multi-purpose type for toys, kitchen supplies, just watch the weight (approximately 3 cubic feet)
Large - for your items that are larger, not heavier; otherwise these are difficult and dangerous to lift, think pillows and blankets (approximately 4.5 cubic feet)
Dish-packs - keeping contents separated for cups, bowls, plates and more (has cell dividers)
Mattress Box - various sizes from twin, queen and king
Mirror Boxes - various sizes, of course for mirrors, pictures and glass tables tops
Custom Crates - for special, antique keepsakes; such as, antiques and more
After you have all of the boxes, you think you will need for your move, begin to place them in the areas where you will be using them. This will save you time because running around from room to room to get another box, will quickly wear you out and put you behind schedule. A general rule is to have more then you estimate, this will relieve you from the agony of being in the midst of the work and having to go out and fetch more boxes. Furthermore, as you begin to load your possessions into them, you can easily determine, if you are running out of them faster than you imagined (another heartache, but at least you will begin to notice quicker compared to having boxes designated for a certain area in your home in another room, out of sight, thus not realizing exactly how many you have left to use.
• Buy More, Not Less
Along with having the appropriate type of boxes for your move, it is ideal to know what boxes go into what room when you arrive and unload to your next place. The traditional way of labeling with a big, thick marker is still one of the ways to keep a tally of the interior contents; however, this means you must make a notation on each side; otherwise, you are twisting and turning them around. Plus, this does not really help to determine which room it will go into when it is placed down at its new destination. A handy way to keep your boxes and contents sorted is to use color coordinated tape. For example, yellow can be for the garage, red for the living room, blue for the kitchen and so on. This saves you the hassle of trying to read your writing on the boxes, which could become quite eligible, as often, we all get a little tired and begin to scribble our words on in a hurry. Then, there is that moment when you misplace the marker only to find out later, you packed it.
• Color Coded Tape
Understanding the difference between the sizes of the various packing boxes and knowing exactly what each one is designated for will significantly reduce your packing time and confusion. Being organized will absolutely assist you in having a smoother moving experience. If you are moving in the near future, begin today, don’t be a procrastinator and order your boxes, now.