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Packing Tips – How to Pack a Book Box

When packing you home for your move, it is important to properly pack and protect your small items to ensure they arrive at your new location safe and sound. Each box type is designed to be used for different household items, but unless you’ve been packing for awhile, it might be difficult to decide what items should go in what box. Fortunately, we are here to help. If you missed it, you might want to take a minute to review our General Packing Advice post first.

Let’s focus on packing the book box. This is one of the most common moving box sizes, and can be used for a wide variety of items. The book box is 1.5 cubic feet and measures 17’’x12 3/8’’x 12 3/8’’. This box is the smallest of the standard-sized boxes, and because of that it is the ideal choice for packing heavy items and small items. You do not have to worry about the weight of these boxes – the box will typically fill up before you can make it too heavy.

When packing this box, or any box for that matter, you will want to place some crumpled packing paper at the bottom of the box before starting. Carefully load items inside, and fill any extra space at the top of the box with more crumpled paper before closing. The boxes should always have a firm top once closed. If the top feels like it might give way when you push down on it, reopen the box and add more paper.

Items to Pack:

Books, files, CDs, DVDs, canned goods, silverware, tools, spices, desk supplies, small picture frames, photographs, non-hazardous liquids or cleaners, and small lampshades should all be packed into book boxes.

Advice:

  • Pack books, files, or DVDs vertically, with the spine pointed downwards. This will help protect the object during travel and allows you to fit the most into the box.
  • Wrap fragile items like picture frames in packing paper before placing in the box to protect them from neighboring items.
  • When packing liquids, always tape the lids shut. Draw arrows pointed upwards on the outside of the carton and label the box ‘liquids’. This will let the mover’s know not to tip this box at all. Taping can prevent leakage that could damage other items you are moving.
  • Group small loose items together before putting them in the box to keep things organized. Things like pens, pencils, or paperclips should be placed in a plastic bag or wrapped in packing paper to keep them from spilling throughout the box.
  • When packing kitchen knives, place the knife in a guard first whenever possible. If you do not have them, wrap them in packing paper. Be sure to write ‘SHARP’ on the outside of the paper so you remember it is a knife when you are unpacking.
  • Any lampshade small enough to fit inside of a book box should be packed in this box. Never put more than one lampshade in a box. Surround the lampshade with crumpled packing paper to protect it. Write ‘Top Load’ on the outside of the box, so the movers know not to stack anything on the lampshade boxes.

Follow these packing tips and you will have mastered how to pack a book box. For more general packing information, as well as packing advice for other box types, be sure to check out the other articles in our packing series.

If you ever decide that you need any movers to assist you with the packing or moving, feel free to reach out to our team at Corrigan Moving Systems. We would happy to assist you with your move in any way.  We have moving companies located in Cleveland OH, Toledo OH, Rochester NY, Chicago IL, and across Michigan. Our experienced long distance movers also can handle moves anywhere in the country, or even internationally.

Photo Credit:  Quinn Dombrowski

22 comments
AndreBeluchi
AndreBeluchi

Tips on how to pack a book box sounds like something for me to learn about. It would be what I can do for now because my move is coming up. My plan is to still find a removalist to come help me out with the move. http://www.pricesremovals.com.au/hobart 

IanJohanson
IanJohanson

Thanks for the advice about packing books. I recently moved and was genuinely concerned about my books. I packed them however they fit and yes, the spines on most of them were up. I will try to remember to pack them spines down from now on.  


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DanielaAdams
DanielaAdams

Thanks for the helpful tips! I have to move next week to a new apartment, and there is a lot of packing for me to do in the next few days. I especially liked your advice about putting crumpled packing paper in boxes. I've never done it before, and I remember last time I was moving, one of the boxes just collapsed because it wasn't packed tightly and the box on top of it was too heavy. I am definitely going to pack it more firmly this time. http://www.storagestation.ca/self-storage-surrey-bc.htm 

SkyJensen
SkyJensen

These are some really helpful tips for someone who hasn't moved to much. I had no idea that it was a good idea to add the crumpled paper to boxes. I never really thought about how it's important that your boxes are firm when moving. It seems like if you use the paper your boxes won't collapse when moving.  http://www.randrmovers.com

LaurenAdams
LaurenAdams

My husband and I are moving in about two weeks. While I am excited, I am quite nervous because of all the books that my husband has. He is just a voracious reader. This information should help us with the packing process. I guess that is one step in the right direction. http://www.neighbourhoodmovers.ca/en/services.html 

LaceyRockwell1
LaceyRockwell1

I have moved a few times in my life, but never too far. Well, that is about to change. My husband just got a new job, and we will be moving across the country. Packing is a lot more difficult than I expected! This was a great article for me to find. For example, I will be sure to pack my books spine down, so they don't get damaged. 


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HollieTruesdale
HollieTruesdale

This is a very useful article for me to run across right now. I'm in the process of moving and definitely don't want my book boxes to be too heavy to lift. I have a ton of books and while it might seem like a hassle to have to pack multiple boxes with them, your back will thank you! I liked your tip about making sure the spine is facing down with CDs and DVDs. I might have to repack a few of my boxes now, just in case. http://www.crosstownmovers.net/services.htm 

emilysmith47876
emilysmith47876

Thank you so much for the tips on how to pack a box full of books! I appreciate the tip not to use a large box. Using a large box just means that if you pack it full of books, the box will be extremely heavy. I learned that the hard way. Hopefully I will remember not to do that the next time I move.
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kelseyhiggins
kelseyhiggins

Thank you for the great tips! Packing up and moving can seem like a such a daunting task! I love your tip about packing books and movies vertically with their spines facing down. Every time I have moved in the past, I have packed my books with their spines facing upward. I have had several books get damaged during moves and I wonder if changing their orientation would have better protected them. http://midwaymoving.com 

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

I liked the part that mentioned marking your things so that they don't get lost.  It would seem like that would be an important part of any move.  The last thing people would probably want is to lose some of their things while moving to a new location. http://www.economymovingandstorage.com/moving-services 

tedsmith575
tedsmith575

I agree that it is really important to pack correctly. You don't want to put too many heavy things in one box. That will make the box impossible to lift. It is best to evenly distribute heavy and light materials in the boxes. That is what I do when I move.
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robbhardy3
robbhardy3

I never thought of the idea of always taping the lids shut on liquids. I can see how this is beneficial and can in the end save a lot of trouble. It is no fun to get to a new place and find out your belongings are covered in a liquid. 

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LaceyRockwell1
LaceyRockwell1

I am in the process of moving, and it has been so crazy. I thought books would be the easiest thing to pack, but I was very wrong. I just imagined them all fitting in the box perfectly, but I was wrong. They are all different sizes, and I am not sure how to get them to fit in the box the best way possible. I liked your idea of putting them spine down, to save space. 


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Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

Moving and shipping can be so difficult, because trying to fit a bunch of stuff into a box. When I was moving to out of my parents house it was so hard trying to not only get all of my stuff into a box, but then get it into my car was so hard. moving wasn't a very fun experience because of that. So anything that can make moving easier I am so down fore.

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CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Great advice on packing!  We have some movers coming to pick up our stuff next week.  We have been struggling getting everything in the boxes.  Great point about putting little things together in bags before putting them in a box.  That would really help a lot to keep things organized and be able to fit the maximum amount of things in the box.

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sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

These are some great tips! I never would have thought to pack lampshades separate. I guess it makes sense because you want to avoid damage and cramming somewhat defeats the purpose. I like your idea of writing "top load" on certain boxes too—I always forget to label. Thanks for sharing your tips with us! http://www.humboldt.com

Simon Kier
Simon Kier

These are very useful tips for preparing for your home relocation. The rest depends upon the moving company that you select. So you must be very selective about hiring the movers. The primary criteria for selection must always be repute, other factors come afterwards.

KentClark1
KentClark1

I think that it is very important to know how to pack books properly. They can be some of the heaviest boxes that you carry. If you pack these items incorrectly, there is a good chance the box will just break. http://allpointsmoversllc.com 

garybirtles14
garybirtles14

I'm currently in the middle of moving and I've been having trouble with packing up all of our books. My wife is a book collector and I haven't been able to find an effective way to pack them. I either make the box to heavy or I can't hardly fit anything in the box to begin with. It is a constant puzzle with every box. I'll have to try some of these tips out. <a href='http://www.route37storage.com' >http://www.route37storage.com</a>

jaytoolman92
jaytoolman92

I've taped shut everything with liquid since a friend suggested it to me a few years ago. I don't know how many people have to learn about that the hard way. Nothings worse than finding everything that you packed with the shampoo covered in it. http://www.mullumbimbyremovals.com.au/services.htm

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kennethgweston

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