Book lovers will love this post. However, packing your library is no easy task. Oh, it may seem like a no-brainer, but the truth is, you really need to pay attention to how you pack your book collection so that they get to your new home safely and without loss of quality. The process of packing books should not be left until the last minute. Rather, as with any other moving task, you should plan time for this project, especially if you have a large number of books.
Eliminate Unwanted Books
Of course, you will not be surprised that I am going to tell you that the first thing you should do is to eliminate any unwanted books from your shelves prior to beginning to pack. You may have lived in the same place for many years and never had the need to thin out your books. Perhaps you have always had plenty of room and now find that your new location will not house your entire book collection. With this in mind, you should assess your collection.
Once you have sorted out the keepers from the ones you no longer want, you can donate the discards to your local library or thrift shop. There are also used book stores that will purchase your books outright or else allow you to trade them for products within their store. A good place to start in Central Florida is Best Used Books on 17-92 in Longwood, Florida.
Prior to Packing, Separate Books into Two Separate Types
There are only two divisions we are concerned with here, hardback and paperback books. Now begin with the paperbacks and organize them according the shape and size for optimum packing space. It is best to not mix the two types since the hardbacks may put unwanted pressure on the paperbacks and possibly damage them.
Packing Supplies Needed
Now that you know how many books you are dealing with, we can move on to the packing supplies needed.
Finally! Let’s Pack Your Books
Prepare each box with a generous amount of packing tape across the bottom prior to loading any books.
Books should never be packed vertically. Rather, they should be laid flat and into stacks within each box. Line the box with packing paper and fill the box as full as possible without overcrowding the load. Fill the spaces in between and on the top of the books with tissue or packing paper then line the top layer of the box with packing paper for additional cushioning.
Any special editions of your books should be carefully wrapped with tissue paper to assist in preserving the quality of the book’s cover, edges and spine.
Generously tape each box shut and label as books so that the mover is aware of the weight of the box before attempting to lift it. This is also important since the heavy book boxes should be on the bottom when loading the moving truck.
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