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#2075095 - 05/01/13 03:50 PM Packing and moving music books  
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So we have finally completed the purchase of our first home, and I'm looking to get a jump start on packing and organizing. What do you find is the best way to move the huge collections of music books I'm sure we all have?

I want to keep them protected, but don't want the boxes to be too heavy... any input is greatly appreciated!

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#2075129 - 05/01/13 04:31 PM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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I just did this! We actually moved twice in 4 months (we sold our house too fast, moved to a condo, then into our new house.)

I used the boxes that they sell reams of paper in (with the nice lids that fit on the top). They don't hold too much, which is nice, because music books get heavy. I also purchased plastic tubs from Office Depot, as they fit the books perfectly in hanging file folders.


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#2075198 - 05/01/13 06:17 PM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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I went to the Mayflower moving company and purchased regular moving boxes. Not very expensive compared to other sources for same item, actually, considerably less than UPS store prices. The 1.5 cube box is about right for print music and magazines. It's heavy, but manageable.


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#2075206 - 05/01/13 06:36 PM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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I packed books with a pillow to control weight.


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#2075231 - 05/01/13 07:35 PM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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The last time I moved house I haunted bottle shops (that's liquor stores to you, I think ) - well, more than usual, anyway! laugh Wine cartons were the perfect size, and reasonably uniform, with good fold-down lids. If I were moving now (with about 3 times the amount of music, perish the thought) I think I'd get removalists' boxes, though I hate to think how many I'd need.

Like the pillow idea!

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#2075399 - 05/02/13 12:15 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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What, pray tell, is a removalist?


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#2075404 - 05/02/13 12:20 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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#2075405 - 05/02/13 12:20 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: Minniemay]  
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Originally Posted by Minniemay
What, pray tell, is a removalist?
What do they call them where you are? Removalists are people who stick your stuff in a big truck and move it to your new house. If you pay them extra they pack it, too, and provide the boxes, which is what I was referring to. laugh
Or maybe you're joking because you always move yourself, with a hired truck and a few friends who owe you a favour! Been there, done that. Never again!


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#2075427 - 05/02/13 12:39 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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We call them movers.


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#2075666 - 05/02/13 07:18 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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I'd buy Banker boxes. They're a bit smaller than ream paper boxes, but I think anything larger full of books would be a back-breaker (I had a couple of large tubs full of books as well and needed two people to move them).


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#2075695 - 05/02/13 08:22 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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Like Minniemay, my books share a box with lighter stuff, pillows, bedding, clothing, towels, whatever.


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#2075730 - 05/02/13 09:29 AM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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Not a piano teacher, and not lots of music books, but when I move, I don't mix different kinds of things in boxes. E.g. my book boxes just contain books (and I have a lot of books), my boxes of linens and pillows just contain linens and pillows, etc. This is because it makes it easier for me to unpack if everything is grouped logically, rather than having to run from room to room hunting in different boxes. I deal with the weight by using smallish boxes, as others have suggested.


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#2078994 - 05/07/13 08:11 PM Re: Packing and moving music books [Re: MrsLois]  
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Originally Posted by MrsLois
So we have finally completed the purchase of our first home, and I'm looking to get a jump start on packing and organizing. What do you find is the best way to move the huge collections of music books I'm sure we all have?

I want to keep them protected, but don't want the boxes to be too heavy... any input is greatly appreciated!


You might be able to lift and carry 100 lbs, maybe more - a FEW times.
If I had to move a LOT of books I would keep each box down to 50 lbs, preferably 40.
Twice as many trips in and out of the moving truck beats twice as much per load.
I hope you have friends who understand that the beer and pizza don't start until AFTER everything is unloaded, not when the first load is on.


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