Sunday, May 06, 2018

Box Tales

One of the decisions I made early on was to buy the majority of the boxes I would use, instead of trying to scavenge them from various sources of free boxes, so that I would have strong boxes in a few uniform sizes. Not that I won't use any others, but for most of them, I wanted to have the same thing. A few months back, someone on a local giveaway group was offering a few boxes that included some Home Depot small and medium boxes, which I was able to get, so that I could see the sizes in person. (Even with measurements given, I find it hard to visualize what that really will look like, and hold.)

Based on this, I decided that I mostly wasn't going to need anything bigger than a medium, and that small would do for most things. And then, I decided after looking at options online, I would also get some extra-small boxes for heavy things like books. Okay, good. I went to HD at some point and got more small boxes, and looked at the other options they had. I bought tape, and some bubble wrap, and got a lot more bubble wrap and other packing material through the giveaway groups, and on we go.

Last week, I decided to go ahead and get some of those XS boxes, and since I was going to be out near a Lowe's one night (which is another big-box home improvement store), I went in there. Much to my surprise, they didn't have them: just small-medium-large, and not the other odd sizes I thought I remembered from HD. But that trip had been a few months ago, so I looked online to see what they listed there, and didn't see XS boxes, and was puzzled.

Yesterday I went into a HD, and behold, XS boxes! Just like that! How did I confuse myself into confusing myself? I still don't know. It was like a sign my dad used to have on his desk, which said, "I made a mistake once. I thought I was wrong."

Happily, the XS boxes hold enough books to feel like they're worth packing, without getting so heavy I can't lift them. I call it a win.

Although I didn't feel like I overdid things yesterday, wow, I was so tired and sore by the end of the day. My back, my hands*, my arms, all informing me that, yeah, I need to take more breaks. And more advil. My back really appreciated the heated mattress pad last night.
*My hands are really the weakest link; they tire much faster than anything else. Stupid arthritis.

Things are getting done. But, man, am I looking forward to being on the other side of this move.


Blogger goosefairy said...

Through my many moves, with my MANY books, I, too, learned the hard way not to get too large of a box for moving books. Man those things get heavy!

12:19 PM, May 07, 2018  

Post a Comment

<< Home