Don't: Underestimate the Weight of Books

Weighty and Worthy

We love tablets, e-readers, and other gadgets as much as the next person, but there’s something to be said for the tactile sensation of reading an actual book—and most people would agree with that statement. Almost every home these days will have books to pack for a move, and many will have lots of books that need to be boxed. While individual books are light, It’s important to remember just how heavy a bunch of books can be, and how quickly a box of books can go from manageable to nearly unmovable. 

Right-size Your Boxes

Here’s our best tip: Small boxes are for heavy things, and big boxes are for light ones. If you’ve got a bunch of pillows and stuffed animals to pack, they can all go in a big box. If you’ve got a number of books to move, don’t make the mistake of packing your whole collection into a single large box. Split it up into multiple smaller boxes—and remember, even a small box of books can weigh 30 or 40 pounds by the time all is said and done. 

It all comes down to efficiency (and safety): One person can pretty easily handle a small box full of books. To load and unload a big book box, however, at least two people would be necessary. Take heed, book collectors and armchair librarians: Make it easier on yourself and your movers, and pack your books in small boxes.