Cardboard boxes are the best packaging material out there. They can hold a lot of things and are lightweight. There are a number of variations of cardboard boxes available for different purposes. Manufacturers have found ways to reinforce cardboard to carry more weight as well.
While you might think that putting as much stuff in a cardboard box is the best way to pack, here are some effective ways to pack these boxes:
Don’t overload cardboard boxes
Overloading cardboard boxes is the number one mistake people make. Just because there is space in a box, doesn’t mean it can be filled. The more things you put in a box, the heavier it gets and not all boxes can take on a lot of weight.
Overloaded boxes will begin to break and your belongings will fall out in the moving process and you could potentially lose valuable items.
A good way to determine if a box is overloaded is to check if you can carry it. If you need assistance to move a cardboard box, it’s too heavy. Typically, cardboard boxes that are full should not weigh over 30 pounds. Use a weight machine to help you stay within that limit.
Use small boxes
While the idea of having to pack 10 big boxes might seem appealing, it’s not a good move. Larger boxes are difficult to move and it means your belongings are going to be all over the place. You need to consider how you’re going to move the boxes around and the unpacking process too. Many will agree that unpacking takes longer to complete. Having a few boxes that are packed to the brim will make unpacking in your new home a nightmare.
Set up the boxes correctly
A simple cardboard box won’t be able to take the weight of your belongings. Cardboard boxes need to be set up right to ensure they don’t fall apart during transport. Line up the sides closely when setting them up.
Label the boxes
The more organized the packing process, the easier it will be to find your belongings. Make sure all the boxes are labelled correctly. Boxes with valuable and fragile items should be clearly marked “fragile” so that the movers are careful with them.
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