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Boxes - All You Really Want To Know

Published on Monday, 25 June 2012

Boxes - All You Really Want To KnowHow to find the right boxes for your relocation: everything about choice, quality, kinds and sizes of boxes and other important information at a glance.

Who doesn't know what they look like, the outer packages for one's most valuable possessions, the guards of one's lifetime memories, the building blocks of the inside of one's new home, the moving boxes?

A few words to begin with:
In order to insure the proper transportation of your items, using specially designated moving boxes, optimal for the goal, is really advisable. They are very stable, and can be found in all sizes and shapes.

Where to find them:
Moving boxes can be bought from relocation service companies, hardware stores, online retailers, or you can buy used boxes from other people who just moved. If you order them from the Internet, you can save some of your time, money and energy. Online purchasing also has the advantage that the online shops are opened around the clock and they deliver them to your door. If you want to save some money, and be environment friendly at the same time, like I am, you can take my advice and find used boxes for your relocation. These can be found from friends and friends of friends, who have recently relocated, or from advertisements in the local newspapers.

Standard and special boxes:
The standard moving boxes are 33-35 centimeters in width and height, and 58-66 centimeters in length.
Special moving boxes are needed for different possessions: books and document folders are very compact, but heavy, therefore there are boxes for books - smaller and sounder; wardrobe boxes are much bigger than the standard boxes and they have got a rack for hanging the clothes inside; if you happen to own a collection of wine or other glass bottles, boxes for 6, 12 or 18 bottles can be found; some boxes are specially shaped to accommodate a flat-screen TV or computer monitor; boxes for packing dishes and glassware are smaller and have double walls to protect the glass and porcelain from breaking.  

The golden rule when deciding upon the size of a box:
After you had found moving boxes and before you start packing, take some time to decide on which goes where. Follow the simple rule: the heavier the things inside, the smaller the box. Simple and effective.

How much is the ideal weight?
Standard moving boxes can carry up to 40 kilograms of weight. However, it is considered better if your boxes weight 15 to 20 kilograms each, so they are easier to deal with. Those are moving boxes after all, they presume to be moved around a lot. Warning: If you hire professional help, ask about the recommended weight in advance.

Don't forget the proper labels:
After filling each box, you should always label it properly. The simple kitchen/bath/bathroom is not enough. "Jack's toys", "Recipe books", "Photo albums" are much better, and never, never forget the "Fragile!" "This side up!" and other markers if you don't want to lose or break anything during the moving process.

A few words to end with...
And finally, some personal advice from me: take a good look at all of your possessions, and decide whether you really need all of them in your new home before you start packing. Otherwise you most likely will find yourselves in my friend M's situation. She was in such a rush to get to her first shared apartment with her boyfriend, that she just put everything from the old place in the packing boxes. Months later, after tripping over unpacked boxes all over the apartment, her boyfriend wisely suggested to donate them and everything inside to the shelter for poor people in the town. He turned out to be right: M. sorted thought the boxes only to discover she doesn't actually need any of the items inside, since she hasn't needed them for the past few months.

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