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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Moving Boxes

Moving to the other side of town? Moving across the country? Putting things into storage? Looking for the best tips about buying, using, and packing your moving boxes? Check out our guide to all things moving boxes including specific projects, challenges, and resources that may speak to you and your situation.

Tips and Resources for Moving Boxes

How to Choose the Right Boxes for Moving

As you’re probably discovering, the available boxes for moving and storage are more complicated than you first thought. Choosing the wrong box for your project can result in damaged belongings, wasted resources, and interrupted travel. Numerous factors may influence your choices. Here’s a handy guide that will simplify the information for choosing and using boxes for moving.

Where, When, and How to Get Free Moving Boxes

Where can you get free moving boxes? It won’t take you long to find the basic advice. Go to the liquor store. Go to the grocery store. Go to McDonalds or Walmart or Starbucks. All great ideas. But where should you go first? What day and time are best? How should you approach friends and store employees about asking for boxes? Find out here.

Why Most People Use Cardboard Boxes for Moving or Storage

About to take on a moving or storage project? You know cardboard boxes are the most common containers, but are they the best? Learn why cardboard is such a popular solution and how it can contain and protect your stuff without hurting your pocketbook.

Packing Solutions: The Versatility of Plastic Containers

Apart from cardboard boxes, plastic containers are the most likely solution for moving and storage—and for good reason. If you’re willing to spend just a few extra dollars, you can get containers that can be reused in a number of different settings, including inside the home as well as offsite storage facilities.

Comparison Shopping: Cardboard Boxes vs Plastic Containers

Looking for the nitty-gritty details of each material? We also provide good general information about cardboard boxes and plastic containers (crush strength, sizing, buying options). Practical advice, however, is most often about making the choice between cardboard boxes and plastic containers.

TV Boxes and other Moving Tips for Your Big Screen

First, let’s state the obvious: The best box for your big screen TV is the one it was originally packed in by the manufacturer. Yet, many people don’t have the original box, much less the Styrofoam pieces that came with it. Not to worry. Here’s what you need to know to safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively pack and move your TV.

Wardrobe Boxes for Every Situation

Whether you’re moving or putting items in storage, clothing is often short-changed when it comes to packing and preparation. From purchasing wardrobe boxes to throwing everything into a suitcase and calling it a day, our guide to wardrobe storage provides helpful tips and resources for any type of project.

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Packing Supplies: What You Need for Successful Packing

Often, the best advice for moving supplies speaks as much to a personal philosophy as it does some universal standard. With this in mind, here’s what we think you’ll want to know beforehand, so you can go into your moving project with plenty of confidence and resources at your disposal.

Our Furniture Storage Guide: Tips for All Kinds of Furniture

Get the result you’re looking for without the headaches or time-consuming mistakes. Whether it’s oversized bubble wrap or old blankets, whether it’s shrink wrap or self-sealing furniture bags, whether you simply need a protective layer for moving or a breathable cover for long-term storage, our furniture storage guide has the information you need.

More Experts, Online Resources, and Buying Tips

We don’t like to pretend that we’re the only source of wisdom for moving boxes. Rather than sifting through pages of search results, we’ve taken a good look around. Here are some of the best online resources we’ve found:

  • Tips for Moving Boxes: Looking for a particular life hack when it comes to moving boxes? We recommend Apartment Therapy as a great place to start, but this list is anything but exhaustive.
  • An Easy Guide for Finding Moving Boxes on Amazon: This Video Wiki page is a great way to zero in on the best choices for different kinds of moving boxes you can buy on Amazon.
  • More Ways to Buy Moving Boxes Online: Apart from Amazon, there are a ton of places online dedicated exclusively to selling and shipping moving boxes. Online, we recommend Uboxes. Offline, you should be able to find what you need at big-box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot.