When you’re faced with the prospect of packing up your entire home contents, you can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. I always recommend that my customers start their packing with things that they don’t use on a regular basis. Things that the family can cope without for a month or so. Books are a great example of this category. Although we love our books, the truth is that nobody is looking through every book on their shelf every day of the year. So set aside the books that are currently being read and the student text books that are currently in use.
There are two ways to approach the remaining books. You can either bring ALL the books together and put similar sized volumes together. This will allow you to optimise the space that you use when packing. In turn, you will use less boxes and enjoy the consequent cost-savings. Rather than having all the books packed communally, which entails a lot of sorting out during unpacking. You can do a similar exercise, but on a room by room basis. This has the practical advantage that books are kept together in the collections that make sense to your family.
Books are one of the quickest and simplest items to pack – assuming you don’t own a large home library – as you don’t need to be too fussed about their fragility, but do keep in mind their weight. The important rule is not to pack the box too heavy for your own strength. Remember that 10 kids’ books may be lighter than 2 encyclopedias, so assess each box individually as you go.
The following is a step-by-step guide to packing a box of books.
Step 1: Seal the bottom of the box well: twice along the closing flaps and over the side corners to ensure the weight doesn’t fall through.
Step 2: Line the bottom of the box with paper to protect the books from the box flaps. If the books are more delicate, you can add a layer of bubble wrap.
Step 3: With the spines up, pack the books along the wall of the box, or as best you can fit them in if their shapes are not similar. Ensure the weight is evenly distributed. Scrunch up more paper to fill in the gaps.
Step 4: Place a layer of paper over the spines.
Step 5: Insert a layer of scrunched up paper. (If your box is shorter than our preferred boxes, you may only be able to accommodate one layer of books, in which case you can skip to step 8. Our boxes can accommodate 2 layers of regular-sized books.)
Step 6: Repeat step 3.
Step 7: Repeat steps 4 and 5. The scrunched up paper at the top is to close up any air gaps before sealing to ensure the box is sturdy enough to take the weight of any other boxes that may be loaded on top of it.
Step 8: Seal the box with tape over the long flaps and short sides – as you’ve done with the bottom – and label it.