4 Tips For Safely Packing Books For Storage

Packing up a home full of books for a move can be a daunting process. Your books are usually either a prized possession or something you are planning on reading. It is advisable to begin the process ahead of time so you can weed out the ones that aren't really on your current reading list.

1. Label Correctly

If you have a large assortment of books, it is wise to pack them however you prefer to organize them on your bookshelves. If you have some you have read and just cannot throw them away, mark the box as 'already read.' This will save aggravation and time if you have to store them, and when you go to unpack them and put them away.

2. Use Small Boxes

When it comes to books, it is best to pack them in small boxes. It is better to have small boxes rather than large boxes because large boxes full of books can be quite heavy. It is possible to physically hurt yourself lifting a large box full of hardback books. If you do have larger boxes, consider only packing them half full with books. You could then use pillows and similar light items as filler so the space in the box isn't wasted.

3. Place Books Properly

Several procedures should be followed when placing the book into the box. The professionals advise the following guidelines:

  • Place heavy books on the bottom of the box
  • Expensive books should have a layer of bubble wrap for added protection
  • Don't over pack
  • Group the books according to size
  • Pack in a wheeled suitcase if you have one for easy movement
  • Don't pack them where the pages can blend together and become torn. If you must place them this way be sure to add some paper for padding between them.
  • Don't pack them with the spine up. Lay them flat to prevent damage from the weight.

4. Utilize Packing Materials

Bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, crumpled newspaper, or tissue paper are all good fillers for the books. Whatever you choose should be lightweight. The books are heavy, but you want to protect them from shuffling and becoming damaged during storage. Be sure you place a layer on the bottom and top of the box.

Avid book readers can have a hoarding tendency because each one seems to have a personal effect on the reader. Storing them away seems like it is wrong, but sometimes it is necessary. Storing them correctly will ensure they will be in good condition when you are ready to remove them from the boxes. 

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