How to store your book collection in the right way

If you are moving as a student – congratulations! However, to make sure you start on the right foot, you will have to complete some moving preparations. Moving away from college is a serious endeavor. It’s not enough to simply pack a few boxes and suitcases, and call it a day. Not every item should be packed the same way, especially sensitive items like books. That’s why we at Master Moving Guide created the following guide so you can store your book collection with ease. For any additional consultations regarding your move, we stand at your disposal.

Take time to sort and pack your book collection for storage

Avoid packing anything in a rush, including books. Packing for the move has to be done with precision, so the items survive the move without damage. However, take time to examine your book collection. Are there some books you don’t want to take with you? Is it necessary to move your entire book collection in your dorm room? The answer depends on how big your book collection ease. Also, keep in mind that although books might be aesthetically pleasing, you don’t need too many items to sit on your table/shelf and collect dust. Therefore, grab a paper and pen, then sort all your books by order of importance. Write down the books you plan to read at some point. Next, write those you like to re-read. This is the best time to declutter your bookshelf and donate to charities or the local library.

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Decide how many books do you plan to pack.

If you already decided to take your entire book collection with you, it’s a good idea to hire a mover. There’s no need to handle packing and moving all by yourself. With the help of professional movers, your books will arrive at your new destination safely and you will be relieved of worries.

Buy enough supplies

Make a shopping list in order not to forget to buy any of the following necessities:

  • durable moving boxes
  • waterproof bins
  • strong packing tape
  • packing paper 
  • scissors and scalpel
  • multi-colored permanent markers

Keep in mind that the quality of your supplies also matters. In addition, there’s no need to spend a ridiculously high amount of money on moving boxes and kits. Many professional moving and storage companies include quite affordable supplies in their offer that don’t lack in quality. After you check their offer, cross-compare the reviews and price points. That way you will find affordable yet quality supplies you need for your move.

Get each book from your collection ready for storage

Do your best to prepare your book collection before you store it. No matter how long your books should wait in storage, they must be properly packed. When you do the packing the right way, there’s no need to worry about the safety of your books. However, try not to rush when packing for a move, but rather take time with each item. Books are among the first items to pack:

  1. Use standard, small-sized boxes for packing. Add extra padding by covering the bottoms of each box with crumpled paper or a clean cloth.
  2. Wrap each book in packing paper. Secure the edges with duct tape.
  3. Carefully place each book in padded boxes. Cover the books with a layer of packing paper, close the lid, and tape it cross-wise. Use a wide packing tape this time and repeat this step 2-3 times.
  4. Use a permanent marker and write on sealed boxes what’s inside them.

Your books will be safe in a designated storage space once you pack them like this. On the other hand, you might want to consider waterproof bins that can add extra protection to your books from moisture and other outside factors. It’s possible to find them online at affordable prices. In case you can’t find the bins anywhere, get quality boxes instead. In addition, make sure not to pack anything else with your books, especially breakable items, and liquids.

two people sealing the box with books
Make sure to pack and store your book collection the right way.


Clean a spare room in case you plan to store your book collection there

If you are not so many days far from your relocation day, then it’s ok to keep the books at home. However, ensure the space is clean and tidy. Prevent any potential damage and do your best to maintain the space every day.

Hire a professional moving company and rent a decent storage unit

Book collection isn’t complicated to pack. However, there are other items that require special packing methods, which is why dorm room movers are of great help. They will handle the packing endeavor easily so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your possessions. Moreover, this is a cost-effective option that can save you plenty of time as well. Relocation is a stressful endeavor, and a professional team of movers comes in handy. What you have to check is whether the company is licensed, verified, and also what other customers say about their services. Pay special attention to reviews about the company’s storage units, since that’s where your book collection will stay until your move is over.

pink storage units
Consider renting a decent storage unit where your book will be safe during the move.

Once you are ready to store your book collection, go online and browse local movers, international movers (if moving internationally), or any other moving company that meets your needs. Opt for capable movers that also provide excellent storage solutions. However, take time to examine their offer. In case your move doesn’t last for too long, then on-site portable containers are your best choice. On the other hand, indoor, climate-controlled storage units are ideal if you are moving long-distance, or even across the ocean. The possibility to manage the temperature inside the unit regardless of outside conditions is why your books are the safest in an indoor self-storage. Moreover, they can wait inside the unit for as long as necessary.

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