Hit Up Bookstores For Great Moving Boxes

When you’re moving house, scrounging up enough boxes is one of the first tasks of the day. Lifehacker reader Jess suggests a useful addition to the traditional supermarket and bottle shop rounds: bookstores.

Jess explains why boxes from a bookstore (assuming your local one hasn’t shut) can be a good choice:

I’m moving house this weekend and thought I’d pass on a tip to share with my fellow Lifehacker readers. When packing everything up, the best (free) boxes can be had from book stores. The cardboard is nice and thick to hold the books steady and packed in tight, they’re not too big (too many books are heavy), and not too small, so you can fit a variety of things in without fear of the bottom falling out.

The book stores are just as happy to get rid of the cardboard as supermarkets are, but you have to time it right or call ahead to make sure you get them before they’re crushed!

The point about the bottom of boxes collapsing is well taken. I often use archive boxes to move stuff, and while they’re cheap to acquire from any office supplies store, you really need to add tape to the bottom to ensure they don’t collapse. If you can suggest other good locations for free boxes, tell us in the comments. Thanks Jess!

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