When you’re moving, it can be tedious to pack things up if you don’t have the right materials on hand. Furthermore, it can result in significant damage to your more delicate items such as glassware, dishes, keepsakes and electronics. Unfortunately, many people don’t stop to make sure that they have all of the necessary materials before getting started with their move. Here are some of the essential packing materials and how you can get them.
Having some form of cushioning is important when it comes to packing fragile items. For this purpose, many people utilize styrofoam peanuts or rolls of packing paper that can cost a lot of money. While they get the job done, you can spend a fortune on them, increasing the total cost of your move. The truth is that it’s not necessary to use these costly materials. Consider asking your friends of family members for old newspapers that they don’t want. If you have recycling bins or dumpsters in your area, you can take things a step further by searching these for newspapers, catalogs and even strips of shipping paper.
Unless you’re one of those people who keeps everything in case they might need it in the future, then you probably need to get some extra boxes to put your belongings in. However, not just any box will do. They need to be sturdy enough that they can hold a decent amount of weight and stand up to being stacked on one another or handled roughly. For this, you can go to your local moving supply store and buy boxes. Unfortunately, this is as expensive as it is impractical. Boxes are an abundant material if you look hard enough. Like with packing paper, take advantage of the availability of recycling bins and dumpsters. You can also go into grocery, department and liquor stores and ask if they have any boxes available. Usually, they’ll be more than happy to give them to you for free. Liquor stores are the best places to source boxes because the weight of liquor bottles requires them to be very sturdy.
Bubble wrap is another handy packing material that can cost you if you’re not careful. You might already have some lying around, but if you don’t, ask friends on Facebook or Twitter if they have any to spare, search recycling bins or see if you can get some from work.
Tape is about the only packing material that you can’t expect to find or otherwise get for free. When choosing tape, it’s important to focus on quality. Using low-quality packing tape will make it more likely to come off of your boxes and curl up while you’re trying to use it. You should also make sure that you purchase enough tape to do the whole job. If you have to buy another roll halfway through your packing efforts, you may end up spending even more than if you’d bought a larger roll in the first place.
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