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Moving Boxes and packing materials - Making your move to or around Kansas City easier

Moving from one place to another is an adventure. Whether it’s cross town or all the way across the country, the anticipation of getting new digs, setting up house and making things just right is incredible. What’s not, however, is the act of moving itself. There’s so much to do, so much to plan, so much to remember. From getting your stuff packed, loaded and moved, to turning on the lights, every detail is important. You can’t move, however, without something to put your things in. That’s where moving boxes come in.

There’s no way around it, you need moving boxes for your stuff. The problem for many, however, is how to get their hands on enough of them without having to break the bank. Simple little things really, those cardboard wonders are worth their weight in gold when it comes time to move.

Here are some ideas on where to get moving boxes:

  • From stores. If you live near grocery stores, liquor stores or even department stores, go in and ask. You’ll find, oftentimes, boxes are broken down on a certain day or days of the week. So, you might not be able to get your hands on free boxes on the day you visit, but you should be able to find out when you can. Most stores are more than happy to pass along what they’ll recycle anyway, but you have to inquire about them with a manager or employee and you have to return when they tell you to. If a store breaks down boxes for recycling on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., you need to be there at 10 sharp or before. If you’re late, you might miss out on the free stuff.
  • From friends. If you have friends or family who have recently moved, a lot of times they’ll still have boxes they haven’t gotten rid of yet just yet. Ask them to break them down and pass them along.
  • Moving companies. If worse comes to worse, you can buy them from moving companies, shipping stores or even storage companies. The moving boxes might cost you more than you want, but these are sure-fire locations to find them. So, if you absolutely have to have moving boxes and can’t wait around for the free ones, these places are great options.
  • Another place to find free moving boxes is through give away services like freecycle.org. This web site hooks up people who want to give away free items to others in their general area. From baby car seats to bicycles, this site has it all. Inquire on freecycle about moving boxes, and you’re likely to get more offers than you can handle.

When choosing moving boxes, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the boxes are sturdy and not damaged.
  • Ensure that they are big enough to handle your stuff. While 100 boxes seems like a lot, when it comes to moving boxes, this may not be enough, especially if they’re very small.
  • Take care when packing moving boxes. Don’t put books or other heavy objects in large boxes as the weight could be impossible to move when fully packed.
  • Pay heed to weight recommendations for different sized moving boxes. If you pack 75 pounds into a box that’s rated for 25, the bottom’s likely to fall out with all of your belongings.

Once you have your boxes, you’re almost there, but there’s more than moving boxes involved in moving. To make the packing go a little more smoothly, ask around for old newspapers to wrap items and do be sure to get plenty of packing tape. The kind that comes with the self-rolling spool and cutting device attached is generally the easiest to handle. The type of packing tape that requires water to adhere, like wall paper, can be a royal pain if you’re handling your moving boxes on your own.

If you own a lot of valuables, it’s a good idea to get packing peanuts – at least for these items. A well-protected moving box loaded with packing peanuts is more likely to hold up and maintain your valuables than one that’s just paper lined and wrapped.

Plan ahead to get your boxes, reject any that aren’t sturdy and pack smartly. If you get a head start on the moving boxes, the rest of the move will go a lot easier.

by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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