How to Pack Books With Ease

Example of a mini panic attack: that moment during moving when you realize you must pack your books. If you’re like most, you really haven’t given much thought to moving your book collection. This task tends to fall by the wayside amid the chaos of moving.

But it doesn’t have to be a mini panic attack moment. There are some simple steps you can take to get your books ready for moving day.

First Things First

The first thing to think about is where you’re going. Will you be driving to your new home, perhaps a city nearby? If you are, then you’ll probably be able to take all your books with you.

However, if you’re moving long-distance, you may be paying moving costs based on weight. If this is the case, give serious consideration to culling your book supply. Even paperbacks can run up the shipping costs when you’re paying by the pound.

Once you’ve culled the herd, it’s time to get packing.

Packing Your Books

The first step is having the right packing materials. You’ll need small to medium-sized moving boxes. You don’t want your boxes of books to weigh in at more than 50 pounds each. Use packing tape to reinforce the bottom of each box, and then label each box with a marker pen.

If you’re recycling boxes, make certain they’re solid and devoid of dampness, silverfish or spider webs. You’re also going to need clean, soft packing paper and bubble wrap.

Now you’re ready to get to work. Different types of books need different packing approaches.

  • Hardcover books. The best way to pack these is standing upright, with their spines against the box’s side. For extra protection, wrap each in packing paper. If a book is of considerable monetary or sentimental value, use bubble wrap.
  • Paperback books. It’s best to pack paperbacks flat and stacked. Packing them spine down with the paper edges up or with paper edges down and spines up may cause the pages to bend and the books to warp.

General Rules of Thumb

Here are a few more good ideas to make certain your books arrive at their new home in great shape:

  • Pack heavier books in the bottom of the box.
  • Wrap heavier books and pack them in wheeled travel suitcases.
  • Keep books that you shelve together in the same box to make unpacking easier.
  • Pack books early in the packing process.

Packing books doesn’t have to be a major chore. Get it done early, do it well, and don’t forget to leave out your emergency reading materials, just in case!

Stay tuned to for more handy moving tips and advice.

6 Tips to Safely Move Furniture

Moving day is not usually high on anyone’s “Days I Love the Most” list. Moving can be a hassle-filled, stress-overload sort of day. It can also be a physically demanding, dangerous day.

Getting your clothes and favorite shoes into your new home may be easy enough, but getting Granny’s hutch or the entertainment center out of your old home and into your new one may be more challenging.

The Easiest Way to Move

The easiest way to move, especially when moving heavy furniture, is to hire top-notch professional movers to do the job for you. This gets your belongings moved, safe and secure, without you risking injury to your body or Granny’s hutch. If, however, this isn’t a feasible solution for you, then take a bit of time to find out the right way to do the job yourself.

Safely Moving Furniture

The first step to moving furniture: realize that this is a big job and you’re going to need help. To make moving heavy, awkward items as easy as possible, follow some simple but effective “how to” tips.

  • Think high and low. For tall filing cabinets, shelving units or a tall dresser, plan a two-person team. Tip the item backward at an angle to center the weight. One person walks backward while holding the item underneath and the other walks forward while holding the item near the top.
  • Lifting straps. Most lifting straps or shoulder dollies are adjustable and can fit different sized furniture. You can get these at most home and building centers or find them online.
  • Wrap it up. Protect fragile edges, corners, and pristine finishes by wrapping your furniture in moving blankets. Then secure the blankets firmly in place with a wrap of stretch plastic film or Bubble Wrap.
  • Take it apart. Disassemble any furniture pieces that you can before removing them from your old home. Make certain if you take it apart that you have the capability to put it back together again.
  • Walk the path. Before you start moving anything, walk the path you intend to take from each room to the truck or trailer you’re using. Remove any obstacles such as packed boxes, miscellaneous clutter, children’s toys, etc. Make certain your pathways are clear.
  • The right equipment for the job. You can rent or purchase the equipment you’ll need to get the job done. Suggested moving equipment: furniture dolly, furniture slides, moving straps. Also, consider steel-toed shoes.

Moving day doesn’t have to be such a hassle. There are plenty of tricks and tips to make the job easier. Just make certain you aren’t compromising safety for simplicity.