Uprooting yourself and moving to another location is a stress-producing event. Moving requires a lot of considerations and complex logistical planning that takes time to prepare for, especially if you have a large collection of books. Books are heavy and take up a lot of box space, making them especially difficult to move from one location to the next. If you are currently attempting to figure out the best way to move a ton of books, it’s important that you consider a few tips that will help make the job a whole lot easier. Books are susceptible to damage in transit; one may assume that because they are heavier, they are sturdier—however, books are vulnerable to pages tearing and covers becoming worn or gauged. Furthermore, water damage can be particularly devastating to a box of books. It is also important to prepare yourself for moving your books in the most efficient and thoughtful way so that unpacking them won’t be a complete nightmare. Here are a few tips for moving a ton of books.
Downsize unnecessary books
Before you decide that every single book is coming with you, you should take the opportunity to downsize and eliminate some of the books that have been collecting dust on your shelves, or ones that are outdated or no longer useful to you anymore. Books that are already damaged or particularly delicate you may want to consider discarding and re-buying sometime later down the line, especially if they are at risk to further damage from moving them. You will want to utilize bubble wrap and newspaper wisely to protect the books from water damage or from banging around inside the box.
Consider using small moving boxes
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider is the weight of the boxes you, or others, will be carrying. Movers sometimes charge by the total weight of all the items being moved, especially for long distance moves. Beyond getting rid of the books you no longer need, you should consider using smaller boxes to house the books temporarily; they are easier to carry, and you can even load up your own car with a bunch of small boxes, making a few trips if you’re able, which will save you some money in moving costs.
Use smart packing methods
Another important factor to consider is the method of packing you use for your books. Especially if you have a library that is well organized, you will want to be sure to accurately label your boxes and be as detailed as possible so that when you take them out of the boxes it is clear where they belong on your shelves. You may also consider taking pictures of the way your shelves are organized, or taping the picture of the shelf before you deconstruct it onto the box so that you can arrange them exactly as they were prior to the move.
Considering that you probably have an entire house to box up, books often take up a lot of space and boxes and are time-consuming to deal with. It is likely that if you wait to box up your books until the last minute or later in the moving process, you will regret it. This leaves you little time to organize your books and properly label them the way that you’d like. It is important to tackle boxing up your books as early on as possible so that you don’t lose any of your ambition or steam before you have to address your books in a time crunch.
Moving many boxes of books can be time consuming and tiring. There are other ways you may want to think about transporting your books; reusable grocery bags with sturdy handles and supportive bases are excellent and cheap and can be unloaded and reloaded, especially if you are moving a short distance. Some people even use suitcases with retractable handles and wheels to move their books—this method is especially easy if you have a lot of suitcases! In any case, books are expensive and collections of books can be priceless; it is in your best interest to consult with a moving company before hiring them to find out how much they will charge to move all of your books, and if they have any special guidelines that will further help you save money and time throughout the process.