When an Bookworm Moves: Nine Tips for Packing Book Boxes

Avid reader and moving? Looking at your bookshelf might be both incredibly warming (who isn’t
proud of their curated collection) and tremendously intimidating. Some might recommend ditching it all and buying a Kindle, but any true book lover knows that bringing the books along
to your new home is a necessity. Books are what make a home warm. Here are ten tips to make
packing your books easier:

  1. Box up books first - Don’t hesitate here. While it might be tempting to keep your books out until the last minute, remember that packing book boxes takes time and precision. With good organization, you’ll be able to find any books you need along the way. Additionally, packing up book boxes also allows you to gage truck space.

  2. Optimize your book collection - As one book lover to the next, every once in awhile the shelves need cleansed. Before you begin packing, run through each shelf or stack and pull out any books that don’t deserve a spot on the move. Maybe it’s a novel your mother-in- law passed onto you or a textbook that has dated relevancy. Whatever the case, pull them aside in a box and donate to your local Goodwill.

  3. Find the right size box - Use small boxes. This helps with both weight and organization. If you are using recycled boxes, choose boxes that are still in good shape and haven’t undergone too much wear and tear. While it might seem tedious to pack in small boxes, it will save you time (and your back muscles) later.

  4. Double tape the bottom - Before you begin packing, flip your boxes upside down and double tape the bottom seam. This one simple step will reinforce the bottom of your box and prevent spills.

  5. Pack spine down, upright, or laid flat- The first rule of packing book boxes is never put books pages down. This can damage the book. Instead pack spine down, particularly when working with large books. You can also lay your books flat (paperbacks do this well) or stand them upright as if they were on a shelf.

  6. Avoid empty spaces - If you have any left over nooks and crannies, fill those with packing paper or old newspaper. This helps prevent the books from shifting during the move.

  7. Label boxes - Be meticulous here, and you’ll enjoy the ease of unpacking on the other side. Label by genre, author’s last name, or however you typically organize your shelves. Additionally, label which bookshelf the box belongs to.

  8. Keep out reading materials - Don’t pack everything, particularly books you need. Most great readers will need access to an emergency stash, so as you pack make sure you have on hand anything you’ll need to access during the transition time.

  9. Unpack books first - When you get to your new home, focus on unpacking your books first. One, this will let you focus on a task that is immediately rewarding and makes your home come alive with familiarity and charm. Second, it’s a practical way to work through a bulk of boxes.

Books are heavy, but they are worth taking with you no matter where you are landing. If you
want more time dedicated to your book packing process and less time figuring out details of your move, make sure you use My Utilities to help research and setup all of the utilities on your
new space. That way you can focus on what you care most about, your books.

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