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Getting Boxes For Your Move

Ok so your getting ready to move, unless you hired a packing company or full service mover to pack your going to need boxes. Two questions your probably thinking are- How many boxes do I need? and Where do I get them?

Obviously you need to know roughly how many and what size boxes you need. When we talk about moving boxes generally there are three main sizes small, medium, or large.

*small boxes also called 1.5’s measure 18″ x 14″ x 12″
*medium boxes (3.0 or 3 cubes) measure 18″ x 18″ x 16″
*large boxes (4.5) measure 18″ x 18″ x 24″

When you are figuring out how many boxes you need a good guideline 20 small 20 medium and 5 large boxes for 2-4 rooms. If you have a lot of stuff (shelves and drawers full or overflowing) this number of boxes is for 2 rooms, If you don’t have a lot you can stretch this many boxes to 4 rooms.

A tall book shelf full of books will take มวยออนไลน์, books should always be packed in small boxes or book boxes. It makes them more manageable and can speed up your move. A large box full of books is not only heavier, but less manageable and more likely that the box will fail causing more time and unnecessary damage to your books. A short 2 shelf bookshelf if full will take 3-4 small boxes.

Kitchens-
Depending on the size and amount of items to be packed a small kitchen will take- 2 Dishpack’s, 5 mediums, and 10 small boxes. A Larger kitchen will take around 4-6 dishpacks, 10-12 mediums, and 10-15 small boxes. Again this depends on how much or how little you have in your kitchen, This is just a general guideline.

Alright so now you have an idea of how many boxes will be necessary, so where do you get them? You have two options, you can buy boxes, or try to get them for free.

You can buy boxes from your local truck rental company, an online box supplier such as esupplystore.com or moveout.com. You can also try uHauls forum, eBay or Craigslist. With these last options you might find them at a discount or even free.

If you really want to use free boxes, you can ask family or friends months ahead of your move if they will save boxes for you to use to move. Talking to people at department stores and grocery stores, you may find someone willing to save some boxes for you but don’t try to make them save them for too long they take up space and bad communication can lead to them being thrown out. Probably your last option would be to check the loading dock or trash room of a good sized apartment building, people are always moving in and throwing away boxes.

Well other than some other supplies (packing tape, packing paper or newspaper and some markers) you should be ready to start packing for your move. Remember to pack to the top of the box and seal both ends with packing tape. Open boxes and garbage bags make your move more difficult and costly.

Now you just have to find movers…

James Beauchamp is a professional mover who has been moving people around the Chicago area for close to 15 years.

Current owner and manager of JB Movers Moving Labor Service, Lake county IL.

 

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