Every book owner has experienced the disappointment of a damaged book, whether it be a creased spine, a torn page, or a squished dust jacket.
You’ve probably also experienced the agony of attempting to protect your books from harm when transporting them from one home to another.
There has has to be a better method to relocate oneself as opposed to paying movers, what with all the bent pages, hefty journeys to and from the truck, and turmoil of keeping everything covered.
Indeed, you are correct in thinking that there is a superior strategy. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, our comprehensive guide will show you how to safely pack your books for transit.
1. Organize Your Stuff
First things first: are all these books necessary? Curating a decent library requires understanding when to part with certain tales, despite the want to keep them all.
Sort through your books and choose the ones you want to bring along. You shouldn’t hurry into making a choice, so get started early and give yourself plenty of time.
To begin, please pack your books. Packing old books may take a while since they need to be carefully handled and placed in numerous sturdy boxes, with periodic breaks for reading in between. You shouldn’t put this off until the last minute.
Consider your books to be an absolute need while planning your packing strategy. You still have a few boxes to deal with, but at least that task is complete.
2. Classify Books by Size
The next step is to choose the books that will accompany you on the journey to your new house. Having a larger collection of books can help you appreciate the variety of formats available. It’s great for giving your shelf some flair, but a nightmare to deal with when you’re trying to pack like Tetris.
We suggest beginning your book organization with a simple categorization of the books by their physical dimensions. You may get a lot better sense of how everything is going to fit if you group them all together before you begin packing.
3. Make Use Of Lightweight Small Boxes
Transporting a single book is simple. 30-50 books? The opposite, in fact. It doesn’t matter how many books you have; they all weigh a lot.
When relocating, books should be packed in compact boxes to keep the total weight under 40 pounds. That way, you may transport your books without risking any damage to them.
You should use sturdy boxes that are well sealed and lined with packing paper.
The cardboard used in the boxes you acquire should be sturdy and of a good thickness. We try to recycle as many boxes as we can, but a book box that looks like it’s seen better days isn’t fit for reusing.
If you want to make sure the box is sturdy enough for books, you may reinforce the seam at the bottom by taping it shut. This strengthens the seal, making your books impervious to moisture and grime.
4. Don’t be stingy with your rolling suitcases; use them!
Most of the time, we use our rolling suitcases to store and carry clothing, but did you know that they also make excellent book transit boats, complete with outdated airport tags? Strong and roomy, with wheels for easy transfer to and from the moving vehicle.
5. Put your books in a sack according to weight
The weight of a book varies widely. After sorting your books by size, pack them according to their weight. Arrange the books by weight, starting with the heaviest at the bottom and working your way up to the least heavy at the top.
6. Vary Your Packing Strategies
Your textbooks may be packed in one of three secure ways:
- When books are stored face down, they may be stacked efficiently, especially if they are all the same size and can be contained in a single box.
- Books on shelves are said to be “standing up” when they are displayed in this manner. When packing this manner, make sure the spines are towards the outside edges of the boxes.
- Books are less likely to have their pages torn out if they are packed with their spines down.
7. Packing materials should be used to fill any empty spaces
Despite books’ ideal rectangular shape, they often have extra room in their shipping container. When that occurs, it’s important to use packing materials to seal any holes or voids.
Fill in the blanks with your own clothing for a zero-waste solution that also allows you to bring along extra essentials. And the fabrics used in clothes are not only comfortable, but also adaptable and robust, making them ideal for the task at hand.
8. Use two layers of tape to shut the boxes
Apply as many layers of tape to the top of your box as you did to the bottom. It is recommended to put books in a box (or suitcase) that can be sealed securely.
9. Put a label on it
You have handled your library’s books with remarkable care thus far. But there’s still something you must do: name the items. Not only should you describe what’s inside the box, but you should also indicate which end is up and whether or not the contents are fragile.
Consider placing weight and direction indicators on the box’s sides as well. A person transporting your boxes will see these labels and know how to treat them.
10. Separate out one or two books for private reading.
There’s a chance you’ll want to leave a book or two out for yourself, regardless of how far you’re moving or how far in advance you pack. Include them in your moving day emergency pack.
11. Don’t wait until you’ve settled into your new home to start reading the books.
When you finally settle into your new place (yeah! ), one of the first things you’ll want to do is unpack all those books and put up the shelves.
It’s OK if you have to put your book collection into storage for a bit. Your book collection should remain undamaged thanks to your careful packaging, provided the volumes are kept in a location that is free of dust and moisture and, ideally, is kept at a constant temperature.