Packing Boxes for Maximum Storage

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Packing Boxes for Maximum Storage

Staff Writer · Jul 12, 2010

If you want to save money on your move, learn about packing boxes for maximum storage. Moving supplies can add costs to your overall moving bill, and the less moving boxes you need to use the better. With a blend of old and new tricks, you can store many more things in each box, and still keep it them at a weight that is manageable for you and others to lift and carry.

Clothes

The best way to maximize storage space when packing boxes full of clothes is to roll each piece of clothing. Instead of folding them neatly, roll them into tubes and pack them next to each other as tight as possible. Cover the entire bottom layer and stack more clothes on top, forming layers until you fill the box. You will fit more clothes that way, and use fewer packing boxes. Bulky clothes like coats won’t roll well. Instead, spread out coats and jackets to cover the top layer like a blanket before you close the box.

Maximum Storage vs. Safety

Your clothing will not get ruined even though you’ve squeezed everything together. However, that’s not the approach to use for dishes, collectibles, glassware and other breakable items. You will have to use bubble wrap or sturdy packing paper for each item, to guard against them bumping into each other during transit. There is a way to maximize storage space though, while keeping your items safe. For dishes, don’t pile them on top of each other. Lay them on the edge, as if they were sitting in a dishwasher rack, and try to put like dishes together in each box. Assemble all of your small collectibles and fine china and put those together in one or more boxes. Mark which way to hold up the boxes, and label it as “Fragile” all over the boxes.

Layers

Packing boxes in layers will help you maximize storage space, and prevent damage to your items. The layer approach is simple: pack heavy items on the bottom and lighter items on top. You will have to think through what you are packing in boxes ahead of time to make the process go faster. If you’re in a rush, you can do it as you go along. Expect to shuffle things around though, so don’t seal any boxes until you pack everything.

Small Boxes

Larger boxes are not better than smaller boxes for maximizing storage space. You may end up wasting more space using a larger box. A smaller box forces you to conserve space, and they hold more weight. You also are less likely to exceed 50 pounds weight with smaller boxes as well. When shopping or looking around for moving boxes, get more smaller ones than larger ones.

Books

The worst way to pack books is to lay them flat and stack them on top of each other. That method takes up too much space. Stand them up in the box, with the spine against the side of the box. Pack a second layer if you can. If not, lay books flat on top of the layer.

It may take a while for you to unpack everything at your new apartment. Packing boxes for maximum storage means you’ll have less boxes filling up your new apartment.

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