When it comes to moving across town or across the country, there is one thing that all moves have in common: Boxes. No matter where you’re moving or how, you’re going to need boxes in order to make your move happen as smoothly as possible. Boxes are easy to come buy if you hire a moving company, like All Area Moving, to take care of both packing and moving your belongings. However, if you opt to pack your belongings yourself and then have movers take it from there, you’re going to need a lot of boxes. Keep reading for our thoughts all about where to get, how to pack, and what to do with your boxes for your own move.

Where to Get Them

You have a lot of options when it comes to getting a hold of boxes for a move. You can always hit up your local home improvement store and purchase boxes of varying sizes. However, this can get exceptionally pricey, especially if you have a lot of stuff. You may be thinking you’ll just head to Target and buy a bunch of the reusable plastic bins, but buyer beware. These bins may be great for storage, but they don’t hold up well to stacking. And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when movers place your belongings on a moving truck. Cardboard boxes are your best option, so where can you get a hold of them? Collecting discarded boxes at work is one way. However a tried and true method involves going to your local grocery store. Go in and talk with a manager. Explain you’re moving and ask for them to set aside boxes for you the next time they stock the shelves. More often than not, they’re happy to help.

How to Tape Them

Once you have your boxes, you’re going to want to construct them and tape them together as effectively as possible. Make sure you have plenty of packing tape for your move! Whenever you tape a cardboard box, make sure to hold the flaps together and run a piece of tape along the closure. Two pieces couldn’t hurt. Then you’re going to want to run a piece of tape on each perpendicular edge to make sure both the top and bottom are secured.

How to Open Them

Boxes may seem like they’re exceptionally easy to open, because why would it be hard to remove tape. But use caution! Removing tape by hand and peeling it off can be a tedious and time consuming task. Instead, opt for a box cutter specifically designed to cut through tape without cutting anything inside the box. This is the best option to make your life a little easier and provide you with a fast solution that doesn’t involve trying to use your kitchen scissors.

Where to Get Rid of Them

When you’re ready to get rid of your moving boxes, either share the love and offer them to someone else you know who is moving or find your local recycling center. Cardboard is easy to recycle, so take the time to do so!

When you ready for your own move, give the packers and movers at All Area Moving in Flint today. We’re ready to help you out!