Every week, Piece of Cake transfers hundreds of boxes of books, and we’ve compiled a list of our best moving tips for your library:
1. Make your selection more effective.
You’ve heard it from us before: don’t pay to carry things you’ll discard when you arrive. Has the spring cleaning finished before you pack, and you’ll be able to fly with less luggage?
To make the task of culling your stock simpler, divide your books into three piles:
1. It is essential to keep
2. You Must Contribute
The trick to efficient packaging is to avoid agonizing over each piece, which is why there is an undecided pile. Nostalgia may be likened to a time vacuum. Place the enticing title on pile three and come back to it later if you’re not optimistic.
If you live in a place with other family members, encourage them to do the same. Select and cull books for the whole team, so you just have to make one donation drive. Thrift stores, including Housing Works and the NYC Public Library, are among the several drop-off locations in NYC, so make sure everything you donate is in good working order, safe, and free of damage. If you find some of your books are lost, you can recycle them.
2. The appropriate materials
Overstuffed book moving boxes are infamous for being chubby. If packaged wrongly, they may also pose an accident danger to DIY movers.
Begin with high-quality products, such as a thicker cardboard box than is typical. You can buy book boxes from movers like Piece of Cake or check out our guide to finding free boxes on this site, which involves approaching the nearest bookstore for used mailing boxes in decent shape. When it comes to transporting books, bigger isn’t always better; the more readers you have in one crate, the heavier it becomes and the more challenging it is to raise and move. The aim is to keep it small and durable, so 12″ x 12″ x 18″ is OK. You’ll also need sturdy packaging tape to keep the package safe and well secured, as well as packing paper to keep it from sliding about during shipment.
Once the box is solidly constructed, loop tape from the base to at least halfway up the box’s sides. So, to provide a barrier between the external moisture and the first layer of books, cover the package’s bottom with packaging paper. If you’re transporting precious books, you might want to cover the bottom of the box with protective bubble wrap.
3. How to pack various styles of books
Class the books by scale and worth now that you’re able to start filling shelves. The general theory is that heavy books go on the bottom, and lighter books go on the top.
If you have some exclusive editions that are collectors’ items, you might want to transport them in your moving day suitcase rather than mixing them in with the rest of your library.
If you’re packaging important hardcover books, seal them separately and put them inside the package upright, spines facing the box’s back. You may even put a layer of thick cardboard in each one to keep them from moving about. Instead of stacking another sheet of hardcover books on top of them, use several smaller boxes if they are wide and thick.
Laying less valuable hardcover books flat in the box’s base and piling them one on top of the other is an easy and secure way to go. Place the books with the pages facing the bottom of the package to avoid the covers collapsing and creases. Few consumers like to stack their books with the spine facing down on the bottom of the box, but this will result in harm from the layers above them if performed incorrectly.
Normal paperbacks should be neatly arranged in rows, with similar-sized books stacked together and the unused room filled with packaging paper. You can mix and match the stacking approaches here, but stop putting something on an angle or crammed in too tightly because it can warp during transport.
If there are holes between the books and the package when packaging either of these types, use scrunched-up wrapping paper to make a barrier between the books and the box.
4. The last measures
Place an additional sheet of wrapping paper over the top of your books before sealing the package until it’s about to be packed. Apply a generous amount of tape to the cover, then take out your marker and write a detailed label on the case.
If you’re putting your books in storage, the precautions we’ve described will keep them secure for the time being. Try swapping the wrapping material with acid-free paper for long-term storage to avoid discoloration.
Unpacking them before you get to your final destinationwould be a breeze. Unpacking books is a simple job that allows you to collapse a few empty boxes and clear any room quickly, so even young family members can assist.
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