If you are a fan of literature, chances are that your library is the most important part of your home. From clocking manuals to slow and unintelligible philosophical works, your library probably contains a large part of human knowledge. This is why people who love to read are so possessive with their books. If you are one of those people, or even if you are not, you need to know how to properly pack and move your library. Books require special care and attention, and this is why we wrote this guide, to help you relocate your part of the human knowledge to another place. So, without further ado, let’s read!
Make a plan
No moving should be done without a plan. You need to take care of many things before your movers arrive, and this is why planning is important. If you want to have a successful move, you need to plan it properly. How can you do it?
Find a moving company
First, you need to calculate the costs of your relocation. There are a few main costs when it comes to moving. The first is the cost of hiring a moving company. Why is that important? Well, moving quotas usually relly on the weight of the stuff that is being moved, and as we all know books can be quite heavy when stacked. Maybe there is a way to lower the costs of relocation of your library? Some companies have different ways of calculating moving costs, and this is why we recommend searching for as many companies as possible. You can do that online.
Decide if you want to transfer all of your books?
You can make some money if you decide to sell some of your books. We know, emotional attachment to books is a feeling on its own, and if you don’t want to sell them, don’t do it. However, if you have some volumes that you are ready to get rid of, know that now is the perfect time for that. You can always organize a backyard sale, but there is a better solution. Selling your books through the internet may be a way to go since you can reach a wider audience who are willing to buy your books. That way you’ll make some money With that money, you can cover a good chunk of your moving endeavor for sure.
You need to get your hands on some packing materials
How to properly pack and move your library when you don’t have the right packing materials? You can’t. In your moving list, you should write down all the packing materials you’ll need for the transportation of your library. Here is what you’ll need:
- sturdy boxes, plastic bins, or crates
- packing tape
- sticky tape
Those materials are usually quite cheap and can be found in almost every supermarket. So start your car and go get them.
How to properly pack and move your library?
Now that you have planned your moving endeavor, it is time to pack your library for moving. Nothing in this guide is a must, we are just providing you with some guidelines for you to follow for a smooth relocation.
Take all of the books from your bookshelf
First of all, you’ll need to take all of your books from your bookshelves. Take a day off and do it, since this can be a surprisingly energy-draining process. Also, this can be quite a dusty process if you have not cleaned your books in recent times. It would be best to call someone to help you with that. All in all, this will be a good exercise if nothing else.
Clean your books
After you have taken your books from your bookshelves, it is time to clean them. There is a chance that your books are full of dust, and in that case, you need to clean them. But, in that case, you will need to protect yourself from all the dust. Make sure to use cleaning gloves for your hands, and a mask for your mouth and nose. This is especially important if you are allergic to dust.
Organize your books into groups
There are a few ways in which you can organize your books for transport. You can organize them by the genre, or by the country, or in any way you wish. We just recommend keeping your college books away from your other books. But for the sake of practicality, we recommend organizing your books by size. And by size we don’t mean the pages of the book, we mean by the actual height and width. Why would you do something like this? That way you’ll save space, and you could put more things into one truck.
Put your books into boxes
… or boxes. Or crates. You should use a container that has a lid. That way you will be sure that none of the books will fall off when in transport. If you are afraid of damages, you can put some towels inside, and by doing that the corners of your books will stay safe. Tell your movers to put the largest containers with the largest books on the bottom of the back of their truck. That way they’ll make a “pyramid” of books. And as we all know, a pyramid is one of the most stable shapes. Just look at Egypt.
When your library arrives at your new location
When your books arrive at your chosen location, it is time to unpack the containers that contain your books. Decide where you want to put your bookshelf, and start unpacking. Now it is up to you how you want to organize your books. One of the most common methods is to order them in alphabetical order. But you don’t have to do this. You can order them by genre or by the writer. When looking at all of your books again, you may find something interesting to read that you haven’t already read!