Moving Towards Storage

I have always been one of those people who is concerned about keeping their house as clean as possible, which is probably one of the reasons I started thinking more seriously about using professional storage. I didn't want to have to worry about tripping over things that I didn't use on a daily basis, so I began focusing on making things right. Within a few short months, I was able to rent a storage unit, pack things up, and move them out of my house, and it made a huge difference. This blog is all about moving towards renting a storage unit and sorting things out.

3 Critical Packing Mistakes To Avoid When Packing Your Home Library As A Bibliophile


Living life as a bibliophile means you have a deep and sincere adoration (some would say to a fault) of books and printed materials. If you are a self-described bibliophile, the library that you have in your home is no doubt the most prized room of the house, and the items inside likely took you many years to accumulate. The thought of moving such precious cargo can be so scary that a sure sense of anxiety starts to creep in well before the moving date. With the right packing techniques and a few tips, any bibliophile can get through the relocation of their precious library without damaged pieces when the move is over. 

When in doubt, remember that the book spine should go out. 

The spine of a book is the most durable part of the whole structure. This is why books are stacked on library shelves with the spine out, even though it is also true that this makes the book's title easy to see when the book is stacked with others on a shelf. Because the spine is the toughest part of a book, it should be placed in a box with the spine out toward the middle of the box, with the paged side in toward the edge of the box. This prevents the edges of the book from being damaged during transit. 

Be mindful of the weight capacities of the boxes you use for packing. 

Books can be incredibly heavy when stacked together in a box, so not every box is hefty enough to hold a whole bunch of books at one time. Make sure that when you order packing supplies for your library, you take a look at the weight rating capacities of the boxes you plan to order. Go for heavier, structured boxes made of fiberboard, as these tend to give you higher weight capacities. 

Never, ever overfill your book-containing boxes with excessive filler. 

In an effort to greatly protect your beloved books of prose, you may be tempted to really pack in the filler material, whether it be packing peanuts, filler paper, or otherwise. However, mounding up the filler material and then forcing the box closed could actually cause damage to the books and other printed materials inside. Plus, boxes that are so overstuffed with filler that the top flaps are hard to secure will be at risk of bursting open during transit and that could be disastrous. 

If you'd like to have professional assistance with packing your things before your move, ask your moving company if they offer packing services.


15 August 2017