Helpful Tips On Where To Get Moving Boxes
Knowing where to get moving boxes can be difficult when you’re moving. Boxes are in high demand, and locating them can be stressful during an already stressful time. However, there are many ways to find boxes before you move.
First, ask your coworkers to keep their eyes out. Many offices order supplies in boxes that would be large enough for packing and moving, and most simply recycle them. Ask a supervisor if you can take a few boxes home, and give them a second life. Some companies will be better sources of boxes than others, but check with other sections and divisions to increase the chances of getting a good supply. Your friends can also snag boxes from their jobs as well, and are especially likely to be willing if you gift them a bottle of wine. Your family may also be willing to watch for boxes for you. The more people you have watching for boxes, the more likely you are to find enough to get you through your upcoming move.
Another fantastic source to find boxes are local stores. Some stores have a large dumpster in the back full of boxes, but others crush their boxes before sending them for recycling. Asking stores to save you boxes is a dicey game, as many stores have been burned. If a store is willing, make sure you pick up your boxes exactly when you schedule. This will preserve your relationship with the store and its employees in the future, and may encourage them to save you more or better boxes.
Facebook groups can also be a good source of boxes. Many people don’t know what to do with their boxes after they’ve moved, and turn to local buy sell trade groups to dispose of them. A quick “looking for” or “in search of” post can result in more boxes than you know what to do with! Craigslist, NextDoor, and other social media sites are excellent sources for the aspiring mover. If you live in an area with a high turnover rate, such as a military base or town with a large seasonal employer, you may want to start watching sites associated with those organizations and employers well before you move to ensure you can get first dibs on the best boxes.
If you can’t find boxes in any of the above ways, moving truck rental companies often sell moving boxes. These boxes are usually a standard size and are designed to fit in that company’s truck. While you’re there, you can also pick up other packing supplies, such as tape, bubble wrap, and specially designed packers for fragile objects such as televisions.
Finally, rethink what a moving box looks like. Look around your own home to see what you can pack objects in. If you have storage ottomans, drawers that pull out, children’s toy boxes, or other containers, they can double as moving boxes without adding more clutter to your new home. Old storage totes, suitcases, duffel bags, and backpacks can also be used to transport softer items that might be difficult to transport otherwise. Some items can also be transported without a box if they’re carefully packed using blankets, sheets, and other household linens. Your mattress can serve as an excellent buffer for your television if used properly, and items like lamps and large toys can act as fillers for areas in your moving truck that are difficult to fill.
Overall, figuring out where to get moving boxes can seem difficult, but is not impossible. Keep your eyes open and be ready to jump at opportunities to acquire boxes, and be sure to let your friends and family know to keep their eyes open as well, and check with local stores, businesses, and groups for leads. Once you’ve finished with your boxes, consider others who might also be moving and offer them to those individuals to help them with their box searches.
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