How to Pack Hard and Soft Cover Books for Moving or Storage

Have you ever moved your favorite books only to find the covers ripped or the pages wrinkled? Well, here is a great way to keep your library rip- and wrinkle-free!

Steps

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    Gather supplies and place them close to your working area for easy retrieval.
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    Select a new box or a strong, solid used box for storage.
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    On one end of the box, fold the smaller flaps in first. Then, fold in the larger flaps.
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    Squeeze the sides of the box toward each other until the larger flaps touch tightly and tape the seam with the packing tape. The tape should begin approximately five inches on the side, continue across the bottom and should end with approximately five inches on the other side. This will create a tight seal.
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    Repeat this taping process again on each flap in the middle on each side of the taped seam. This will help to support the weight of the books.
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    Flip the box over so that the open end is facing the ceiling.
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    Next, arrange your books in the following two groups. Each group will need their own box. (a) Hardcover and heavy books (by height). (b) Paperback and light weight books (by height).
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    For each box, grouped as previously stated, put the books into the box STANDING UPRIGHT. Put books into the box until you cannot fit any more books in it. The box should be packed tightly.
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    If the middle of the box is somewhat empty, you may fill that area tightly with additional books, with bubble wrap, or with a foam core.
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    Put a silica gel packet in the box.
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    Fill the area over the books with bubble wrap to prevent shifting.
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    Close the top of the box according to Steps 4 and 5.
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    Write a note on the outside of the box with either its general contents or the room in which the box needs to be placed.

Tips

  • Office supply stores and grocery stores usually have boxes that are perfect for moving.
  • For easier lifting, use several small boxes, rather than one large box. Boxes like those Xerox paper comes in are perfect. They are designed to take that weight and to not be of a size that is difficult for anyone to carry. They are also very easy to pack as they are of a uniform size.
  • Silica gel packets are often found in new shoe boxes.

Warnings

  • Keep silica gel and tape dispensers out of the reach of children.
  • Tape dispensers have sharp edges.
  • Remember that you or someone you care about is going to lift this box. Please keep this in mind when packing the books and selecting a box size. Learn how to palmar lift as it is designed for heavy loads.

Things You'll Need

  • Boxes
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Permanent Marker
  • Silica Gel Packets
  • Good quality packing tape

Article Info

Categories: Moving House and Packing | Organizing and Caring for Books