The Moving Diary: Which Moving Boxes Are Best?

The Moving Diary -- Moving Boxes

Once you figure out where you’re going to move and when you’re going to move, you begin the arduous process of — moving. That means you begin to prepare your household for packing, boxing and relocating everything you have in your house. The most logical way to move everything is when you use great moving boxes. But what makes a box a great moving box? We’ll discuss!

As I had mentioned, I’m moving this month, so this “Moving Diary” blog is meant to help readers dodge some of the pitfalls I experience. Also, you’ll get some good tips on saving money and time.

Plastic Bins or Cardboard Moving Boxes?

First, are you planning on moving frequently over the next few months or years? If so, then you might want to consider buying plastic bins to pack everything into.

There are a few reasons why this is a good idea.

  1. If you have a plastic bin, and you move it from one location, onto a truck, to another location — only to wait a few months, then move it to yet another location, you’re bin will stay strong. You can even get things out of the bin without having to cut it open and reseal it, like you would a cardboard box.
  2. Or you’ll find that plastic bins hold up much better than cardboard boxes that you’ll move around a lot, and ding the corners or tear the flaps.
  3. Plastic bins stack on top of each other really well, whereas heavier boxes can collapse on top of other boxes if they’re not stacked correctly.

The only problem with plastic bins is — they can be costly. Depending on where you are buying them, they’ll run you about $20 per bin.

Also, once you are moved in, and you unpack your bins, you’ll want to store them altogether in your garage or attic, since they cost so much. That’s fine if you have the room, but a lot of times, people like to get rid of their cardboard boxes because they take up room. That might also be the case with plastic bins.

Where Can I Find Some Good Free Cardboard Boxes?

Finding good, strong boxes to use for your move can be a difficult endeavor. The best way to get free boxes is to check with local retail stores or furniture stores. If they don’t have them, maybe just ask them to hold onto some and give you a call. They might, and they might not, but those boxes might be worth taking that chance on. You can call these places, too.

Check with your workplace, too. They might have some boxes that they would be happy to give up to you. The strongest boxes you might have easy access to are the paper boxes that come with reams of paper for your work’s copier or printer. Let the receptionist know you’re trying to track down some copy paper boxes and she’ll be happy for you to take them off her hands.

One more ideal spot to find free boxes is McDonald’s, of all places. The boxes that their frozen French fries are shipped in are perfect for packing. Since the fries are frozen, those boxes are pretty clean, and they have a good amount of reinforcement.

Maybe Buy Some Moving Boxes?

With my upcoming move, I decided I didn’t have time to go search bins behind retail stores or talk to half a dozen people to track down a few boxes that already have some rips in them. I decided to just buy some moving boxes from Home Depot.

Free Digital Landing Moving GuideThe boxes aren’t that expensive (usually between $1 and $2 for each box, depending on the size), and I like the fact that all of my boxes will be in a couple uniform sizes. It makes it much easier to stack, and load up on a moving truck. And it allows me to load up other things on top of several columns of these boxes.

Another great feature of these boxes is that they have check boxes on the side, which you can just check off, telling the movers (or your friends) which room this box should be placed into once it’s unloaded off the moving truck.

The boxes also have space so you can label it with what’s packed inside, so you can keep some sort of an inventory going. And it has a big space to check off, “FRAGILE,” in case you have some breakables inside that particular box.

For just $25-$50, you can buy enough boxes to pretty much move a two-bedroom house with ease. And while we’re all trying to save some money, that $25-$50 means I’m saving a lot of time by not tracking down boxes, and I have the peace of mind knowing that I don’t have used boxes in there, hoping they stay strong through the entire move.

Do you have some ideas for finding, using or packing moving boxes? Let us know in the comments section!