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Cheap Moving Boxes for Packing

Hi guys. It’s Alejandra. And in this video,
I’m going to show you guys seven different types of boxes that you can use if you are
preparing for a move. So seven different types of boxes that you can pack your stuff into
and move with that range from free to actually paying for the boxes, and I’m going to tell
you the best places to get boxes at the best price if you are in the United States. OK. So let me grab the first box. OK. So the
first box is a free box from Costco and you can probably get it BJ’s and Sam’s Club also,
like any wholesale place or store probably has similar boxes. But it’s a beer box from
Costco. It comes with 24 beers inside and the best thing about it is besides being a
sturdy box, it also has dividers inside so you guys can see that it has 24 sections. And what I did is I went ahead and stored
all my spices inside. I’m not done packing the box but I just want to show you guys what
you can do. I stored spices so they’re not going to tip over. They’re not going to tip
over or bumped into each other if they’re made of glass so you don’t have to really
wrap them. And then once I’m done putting all the spices inside, I can then put something
on top of here that’s light. You don’t want to put something too heavy because if you
put something that’s heavy, it might crash the cardboard divider. So put something light
on top. So a beer box with dividers is the first box that you can use when you are packing
for a move. OK. So the next type of box that you can use
when you’re preparing for a move is a liquor box from the liquor store. A liquor box or
a wine box, both types of boxes are pretty sturdy because they kind of have to be because
wine bottles are heavy and so are liquor bottles. And that’s why I like these boxes, one, because
they’re free and you can get them at any liquor store, two, they’re sturdy, and then three,
they have the sections inside pre-built into the box. And so what I’m going to use this box for
is to pack and store all of my vases. So I kind of put one in there already and it’s
a smaller vase. I’m going to put some of my taller vases in here and I’m probably going
to put something else on top of up here. I’ll probably put more packing paper and then put
something else on top. But you can use this to pack some glassware, anything fragile in
the kitchen or fragile decorations you have around your house will work well in this box. OK. So the next type of box that you can get
when you’re preparing for your move are apple boxes from the grocery store. I love apple
boxes because one, they’re free, two, they’re sturdy, three, they’re clean, and four, they
already have a top that comes with it that’s already taped shut making it really easy to
close the box and just pack it. So let me just show this. So this has a top
that comes right off. There’s no flaps that you need to tape down so you’re going to save
on tape, you’re going to save on time because you’re not going to have to take time to roll
up the tape and seal it. I mean you can tape it close if you’re concern with the lid coming
off. But it’s a pretty tight fit on like all of the apple boxes not like this New York
Apple Sales Inc. box. All the apple boxes have really tight lids. So again, you could tape the lid shut to the
bottom if you wanted. I’m probably not going to do that because we’re moving ourselves
and I know we’re going to be gentle with our boxes. So yes, so apple boxes are great. And
I think I mentioned that they’re clean like you don’t want to use a dirty box from the
grocery store. These boxes are clean because the apples come inside of not like a secure
– not like a wrapped packaging but they come in something that doesn’t cause a mess and
apples aren’t messy anyways. OK. So the next type of box that I like to
use are banana boxes from the grocery store. Again, they’re free, they’re sturdy, they’re
clean, and they are just easy to use. There’s one downfall to banana boxes. They have a
big hole at the bottom. So if you don’t like put something on top of the hole then obviously,
something is going to fall out but it’s not really a big deal if you’re going to be packing
like books, binders, anything big or bulky. These things are perfect for. They have a
built-in handle right here which is great. Again, you don’t have to tape the box shut
because it has a sturdy lid. Can you guys see this OK? That has
a sturdy lid that’s already closed so you
don’t have to tape it shut. So again, you’re going to save on time and you’re going to
save on tape. OK. So moving on. OK. So the next type of
box that you can use for your move is pizza box. And I’m not talking about a greasy pizza
box from last Friday night, saving it and using it to pack. No, not at all. I’m talking
about going to Papa Johns’ or Domino’s, this is from Papa Johns’, and asking for a brand
new box. I did it and they didn’t question what I was using it for. They didn’t try and
charge me. They just gave it to me and said, “Have a nice day.” So try going to your local pizzeria and asking
for a box and you’d be surprised. They’re probably going to give it to you. But what you could use a pizza box for is
to pack a lot of like last-minute things like let’s say, all the chargers from around your
house. You want to immediately have access to those things inside of your new house.
So putting all those things in a small box like a pizza box will work well. Or maybe
you’re putting all of your remote controls from around the house because those things,
not often get lost, but they could get lost when it’s like the one key thing that you
always want to try and find that you can’t find. So remote controls maybe in this box. You could do like fragile platter from the
kitchen that you want to make sure doesn’t break because so and so gave it to you or
you hand painted it or what else could you do? Basically, anything that’s fragile. You
could do like a small box of small things that are fragile like maybe like little figurines
from the living room or the dining room, wrapping them very carefully and nicely and then putting
them all inside here. So again, it’s a free box. It’s sturdy, it’s
small, and yeah, I’m sure you could find a use for it when you’re packing. OK. So the next type of box you can use are
boxes form Home Depot. And Home Depot has the best prices on moving boxes. I have done
all the research already and I have not found anything cheaper or less expensive in the
area. So Home Depot is for great boxes. They have small boxes, medium, large, wardrobe
boxes. They have all the packing supplies you need, tape, they have packing paper, bubble
wrap, everything. So it’s kind of like a one-stop shop. And if you’re going to buy all your boxes
from Home Depot instead of going to grocery store, to a pizza place, to liquor store to
get free boxes, I would suggest going online and buying their moving kit or buying all
your boxes and having them shipped to your house. I even think that if you buy the moving
kit, it has free shipping which is an awesome deal because going to Home Depot and logging
all the boxes and stuff into your car and into your house is a big pain in the butt.
If you have picked up boxes and you moved boxes then you know that moving boxes are
super heavy. So if you’re going to buy boxes, have them shipped to you and look at Home
Depot because I’m pretty sure that they have free shipping on their boxes. OK. So this is a medium box which is a standard
size box. It is 18 x 18 x 16. OK. So besides using this medium size packing box for its
intended purpose of taping the bottom and putting all your stuff inside and taping the
top and just using it as a normal packing box, you can also use the same size box to
safely pack like your pictures in the wall, your artwork, or anything bulky around the
house like a lamp and a lampshade and like those things never packed very easily. All
you have to do is cut the box open and kind of shape it around what you’re trying to pack. I’m going to show you guys in just a minute
how to do that. The best thing about it is yes, of course you can go out and buy boxes
for pictures and mirrors and artwork and stuff but you’re going to pay an arm and a leg for
those types of boxes because they are super expensive and you can do the same thing with
a normal size box that costs like a $1.39 or however much this box costs. I’m going
to show you guys in just a minute. OK. So in order to create a picture box for
pictures in the wall or artwork or anything else that’s like really bizarre to wrap, if
you want to use a flat packing box like I’m going to show you, all you have to do is cut
it along like edge of the box or the corner of the box like I started cutting it like
you can kind of see here. And all you do now is you just tear it along the seam and it
can easily open just like that. OK. So now that I’ve cut the box, you can
just see it’s like a long flat box now. I’m just going to grab my picture. OK. So now,
I have my picture and I’m going to place it in the middle of the cardboard. But let me
just tell you quickly what I did. So I just took this picture. This is a picture my mom
gave Ed and I. It’s a picture from Italy. She framed it and it’s just a very nice gift
and I want to make sure that it makes to the move without cracking or getting damaged.
So I wrapped it in paper and then I just took some shrink wrap and wrapped it all around. So I’m just going to put it on the center
of my cardboard just like that. OK. So I have my picture in the center of the box. And the
next thing I want to do is I’m going to flip this over to that, that over to that, and
then flip the whole thing over here and then flip these flaps, that one and that one over.
You guys can kind of watch and I’ll show you exactly what I mean. So flip this over here, flip this over here,
flip this one here make sure not to press too hard because you don’t want to damage
the picture, flip this one here, and then take this and flip this one over and it’s
going to create a very secure box for my picture. Then I’m going to do the same thing on the
other side. So flip this over here, flip this here, flip that one like that, make sure you
don’t press too hard because remember this is glass, and then flip this one here, this
one here, and then that one there. And then I’m going to grab my tape and I’m
going to just tape it in the middle. I’m just going to tape it like that to start and then
I’m going to wrap tape all around the edges. OK. So I’ve taped my box together. And now,
I have a completed picture box that I made out of an affordable box. And you could do
the same thing with the free boxes like if you want to use your free apple box or banana
box or a liquor store box or even pizza box. Pizza box will work just as well. Just cut
it open, lay it flat, and wrap whatever you’re wrapping, if it’s a picture or if it’s something
special to you or something awkward to wrap, put it in the center of a box and wrap it
like a present. And you can see that this is not going to – nothing is going to happen
to it. If you feel like the picture inside like if
you want to use bubble wraps for an extra layer of protection, feel free to do so. I
just used paper because I knew that it was going to be secured in this. But if you want
and extra level of protection, then use bubble wrap. So anyways, this is how you can creatively
turn a regular box into a picture box or any other type of box. The same concept is going
to work for big pictures on the wall, big mirrors, it’s going to work for lamps, it’s
going to work for any other bulky thing. You can do this with. OK. And so the last type of box that you can
use when you move is a wardrobe box. And I like wardrobe boxes. They’re a little bit
expensive like this box is from Home Depot and it was $10. It was like $9.98 or something,
which is expensive for one box that you’re going to end up just recycling when you’re
done with it. But they are great because all you do is you just take all your hangers from
your closet with your clothes still on them and you put them on the rod and supposedly,
they are going to stay there. Here is what a lot of people don’t know or
maybe you learned the hard way. A lot of times, these things don’t stay up. So what you have
to do is you have to take the rod down to the box like just put a piece of tape there
but put a few pieces of tape so it actually stays. Something else you want to do is you
want to tape the hangers to the rod once you’re done packing the box. So not only tape the
rod down to the box but tape the hangers down to the rod so they don’t shift when you’re
moving because when it shifts, clothes are going to fall off the hanger and it’s going
to defeat the purpose of buying a really expensive box to easily move your clothes. So tape the rod down to the box and tape the
hangers to the rod. You could also store stuff at the very bottom of the box. Of course,
I would have put some paper liner at the bottom before I start packing the box but you could
store pillows down there or you could store sheets down there or anything else light if
there is room down there. So if you’re hanging shirts that are kind of short, you don’t want
to leave dead space at the bottom of the box because it’s kind of a waste so put something
down there like a pillow or sheets or anything else that you want to put. I would probably
put something light since your hangers are going to be pretty heavy. But yeah, the wardrobe
boxes are great. They’re just a little bit expensive. OK. So I shared with you guys seven different
types of boxes to use if you are planning a move, apple boxes, banana boxes, pizza boxes,
liquor store boxes, beer boxes. Everything is like food and drink-related. I’m just realizing
now. And then there are Home Depot boxes. If you have a different type of box that you
are using in your move like you found maybe, I don’t know, similar type of box, I would
love to know. Let me know in the comments or if there is a super secret moving trick
that you have that you’ve used in the past or you’re using right now during your move,
let me know in the comments and I would love to hear. I will see you guys soon. Bye!

100 comments found

  1. Good luck with your move! Be careful if you have 2 cars, make sure you get a trusty person to drive the car and DON'T KEEP VALUABLE THINGS IN THE TRUNK. It may get lost (we lost so much stuff..so many memories):) Another box is a kind that you buy but it has like a metal rod inside do you can hang clothes inside, you don't need too many. And make sure you label correctly! And label what room you would want each box to go into. Group by room, not by item! Number one tip! LOL I luv ur vids!

  2. I bought new trash cans for the new house and used them to move large items in, since they were new and clean.

  3. craiglist kijiji is a good place to look for free moving boxes ( a lot of people just want them gone)…also post on facebook… it is amazing how the word spreads

  4. Boxes from Staples, Office Max, etc. that hold reams of paper are excellent boxes for moving (and also for later using for your hanging file folders!). They are very sturdy (after all they are used to ship paper which is very heavy), and the boxes have a lid and handle slots. I love them! Its also nice that they are all a uniform size. That makes stacking them easier.

  5. Wow wish I would've had this & all the great comments a few mos ago when I moved! At first I thought, "Wow, a whole vid on boxes?" But now I am in awe of your genius! Duh! Beer & liquor boxes?! So perfect! Hope I don't have to move for a whole, but those might be good for storage too.

  6. So glad I watched this great tip for the photos art work. We are in the process of packing for a move. I will share this video on my Facebook its our company's move time.

  7. What steps do you suggest to do when UNPACKING. I'm hoping to get organized right when we unpack in our new house. Unpacking can be overwhelming and super messy and unorganized. So what tips do you have???

  8. Number your boxes starting from 1. Then when you unpack, you unpack the highest number boxes first. These boxes will hold yor most needed items?

  9. For clothes I lay a large sheet down and carefully stack clothes still on their hanger and tie the ends of the sheet diagonal and then transport in my car. I do this last thing so the clothes stay pretty neat. If I was moving long distance I would definitely use the box you showed instead.

  10. Office boxes are great too! Like for printer paper. The boxes are sturdy and come with a top but they are really light. Great for breakables. Also always make sure you have a dolly to carry in a lot of heavy boxes! I always save plastic grocery bags and reuse them in the house. I used them to pack my dishes because they are cleaner than newspaper and the perfect size.

  11. I agree with the people that have said printer paper boxes. They are sturdy, have a lid, and are easy to carry. I have used them in the last 3 or 4 moves that I have made (well 3 moves and one remodel project)

  12. How do U organize DvDs ? BUT I have to Keep the cases they are in that's how we recognize the Movies…
    OmyGOSH ur Videos are Great to watch, LoVe ur Ideas !!! & U are such a Cute & Sweet talking Lady. Always Smiling 😉 ~ Don't Ever Change that ! – Stay Sweet
    Thx for All your Videos they are Greatly Appreciated !

  13. Hello I was wondering can you do a video or tell me via message how to organize a linen closet like where you keep extra sheets blankets etc or wash clothes towels … Need help asap

  14. Hey Alejandra….I can't wait to watch your next video and been watching your chanel everyday to see if you have uploaded any new videos! Please please upload a new one as I'm so excited to watch your tips! Thank you!! xxx

  15. How is the moving coming… We all can't wait for your moving videos!!!! I miss them, I keep checking my subscriptions on YouTube for your videos

  16. What other YouTube organization people does everyone watch? I REALLY enjoy Alejandra of course but also like organize like Jen… Anyone know of any other good ones?

  17. Apple, banana & liquor boxes are terrific because they are free but also because they stack well both home and efficient in truck. Free boxes also Staples/Office Supply. Lg. moving chains sell gently used boxes, great, cheap wardrobe, picture boxes which hold 6-12 items. Pizza boxes terrific for cords, even on a permanent basis, just paint over with craft paint & sm. foam roller

  18. I can't wait for your next video!! I just reorganized my pantry to match yours and rearranged some stuff to match my needs.. I am so happy you gave me the energy and motivation to tackle a project I've been putting off. Trust me, it was a mess!!! xoxoxo

  19. moving trick i learned for clothes is to use a garbage bag, leave them on the hanger, put into trashbag leaving the handle out and close the bag around the clothes and carry it by the hangers

  20. A very important suggestion to avoid damage in the fruit boxes is to make SURE that the top of the box touches the ground when you close it. That gives the box additional strength. If not , whatever is stopping the top from touching the ground will have to support the weight of the additional cartons stacked on top of the buldging box.

  21. Thanks for the great tips (especially the genius picture-wrapping). Also:
    – Call ahead. Two stores actually set aside boxes for me since they knew I was coming. Yet, my local Target doesn't give there unpacked boxes.
    – Get a pick-up time. Most likely it will be mid to late morning. Stores already have a system in place for getting empty boxes out of their way fast for efficiency's sake; so, they'll.want boxes picked up just after they've been unpacked..
    – Check stores like Sam's Club, too.

  22. Every time I've moved I've gotten all my boxes for free. I love liquor store boxes, produce boxes, etc. I have gotten very sturdy book boxes from my local Barnes & Noble. Another idea for getting boxes for mirrors or artwork is asking Aaron Brothers for their extra boxes. I have also found boxes through the Freecycle network and from Craigslist – when I received wardrobe boxes without the rod, U-haul had them available.

  23. lol when we moved, my mom went to the stores like walmart and giant early in the morning and got the boxes they were about to throw away for free 😛

  24. If you have a lawn mower shop nearby, ask them if you can take their used boxes. We have and we got them for free. They are huge (lawn mowers as we know are massive) so they will come in handy and are sturdy enough to hold a heavy lawn mower.

  25. I definitely recommend getting a tape dispenser. It saves a lot of time in packing when you don't have to stop and cut the tape. I also bought some of those wardrobe boxes. Thanks for the tip on taping the hangers down…we are about to make a big move in a week!!!

  26. You might also need to protect the floors if you have to drag big, heavy boxes on the floor. Use hard floor protector like ram board from trio plus or another carpet floor protector.

  27. hi first of all id like to thank you for changing my life. 🙂 i am getting ready to move and the idea of having to pack is stressing me out. could you make a video on how to stay organized when Moving? thanks.

  28. just ask some stores to put boxes on hold. i know walmart does it. and if you work in a hospital your coworkers can hold them for you too:)

  29. Thanks for posting this video! Also I use clothes and sheets to pack dishes and glasses instead of packing materials. Then there's less to move and you save the earth:)

  30. Hi I've a baby. So we buy diapers in box. So those boxes are serving me for moving right now.I give diaper boxes the full credit!!!

  31. you could probably use that beer box with the 24 dividers as a gift wrap organizer just cut of the flaps and wrap the rest of the box in colorful paper and you have a place to store your gift wrap paper!

  32. For clothes on hangers I put them in trash bags! Yes trash bags. Like Glad's 13 gallon kitchen drawstring trash bags, put say 12 hangers with clothes on them into the bag with the clothes down ward and pull the drawstring up and over the hook on the hanger and repeat with the other side of the drawstring. Boom! Your clothes stay on and if they fall off they stay clean! Plus when you move you always end up with unpacking trash, so if you unpack your closet first then you use the bags to bag your trash with!
    And as a mother of two children, both in diapers, I too find that diaper boxes very durable, plus they are small so my two-year-old can help carrying the boxes. Btw he loves to help too. So don't count out your toddler as a moving helper.

  33. It's probably not the first place you'd think of but you can get free boxes from the us postal service online. Sizes vary.

  34. As a Military family we moved many times. We had professional movers pack our freezer with linens and pillows. We were moving from Hawaii to the states and our belongings took three months to arrive by ship. When we opened the freezer  everything was ruined. The freezer was visually thawed and dry when packed but sweating occurred. There was mold on all of the bedding and it had to be disposed of. Lesson learned never allow anything to be pack into your freezer or Fridge just because they don't want to move anything with empty available space.

  35. Hi Alejandra, great video. Thanks a lot.
    Also wanted to share that the diaper boxes are also great for moving purpose, just that you won't get it for free. But if u have a baby at home, u will have plenty of them… Very useful.😀

  36. You had a lot of great tips. I have one for you. Use a tape gun. It's a lot faster and easier than having to cut tape with scissors every time.

  37. First: Why would you buy a box at Home Depot?? They have any kind of box you could imagine for FREE! Just ask them and they will give you as many as you want. They unpack hundreds of boxes every day – and a lot of the boxes are heavy duty since they hold all kinds of hardware. You can get any shape, size and strength you want. You can look at any Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal Mart, etc.
    Second: Banana boxes are not clean; they tend to have cockroach eggs inside the cardboard that will hatch and infest your house. Just think about the types of places where the bananas come from. Actually, just don't use any boxes that have held fruits and vegetables.

  38. NEVER use produce boxes. They tend to have bugs/roaches in them – or are covered in bug spray to keep the bugs away.

  39. Great video! Thanks for the tips!
    I have one type of box that is my favorite one.. you get it at lows for free.. just ask for the "tote" box.. is like a "put together box.. medium size, clean, clear (like not printing, so you can actually see what you write on it), and you don't really need tape to close it.. great box!

  40. When you say free, do you mean free because it's leftover when you buy the box of Apples or that you ask the store for left over boxes

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  43. If you call bookstores like Barnes and Noble and ask, they have tons of perfectly shaped boxes that they break down every day that are perfect for moving and very sturdy (they'd have to be, to ship books in!). And they're free!

  44. McDonald's french fry boxes are a great size for moving – not too big. They are heavy duty cardboard and can withstand a heavy load on top without buckling. One of my moves, I made a deal with the McDonald's manager that I would come daily at the same time, and they saved the boxes for me.

  45. If you do to a store where they sell books or heavy stuff i went in to like a store that sold heavy stuff and asked at counter for some boxes they gave me 30 (that's what i asked for) they gave them fpr free to me

  46. You can make your own box by getting a box the size of that wardrobe box ( go into IKEA and ask them with me they gave me 10 wardrobe boxes for free an did you want they ask if you want rods taking out say yes) then get a box cut it into four to create four Sections in the box the stack folded clothes in

  47. Hahaha… I though we were the only crazy people using Banana boxes to move. We gathered a ton of Banana boxes from Publix. They worked great, ours came with thick brown paper in the bottom of them. Great video!

  48. taping hangers to the rod. Wow epiphany seriously and all these tips are totally original, brilliant, thank you!!

  49. I am thinking to move my stuff by medium heavy duty containers then will use the containers for something else later what do you think

  50. My last move I got all my boxes, tape & bubble wrap from Home Depot Canada. Don't forget a thick Sharpie and scissors. I have a trick. Read it somewhere in a magazine. I'm about to move in 6 months 🤞 so I'm slowly going to start packing books & winter stuff for moving. Store in basement. Get an empty journal or notebook. Make a list of numbers. When packing say box number 1, write NO. 1 on all sides of box and FRAGILE if necessary. In your notebook write 1 with a circle & beside it list what is in Box No.1. Once done you tape it shut secure and no one knows what's inside. I wrote NOTES in another alphabet no one can read. But BRING THAT notebook in your handbag when you're en route to new house. Once you arrive in your new place you'll know what is inside each box without having to open it. Mark destination of box i.e. kitchen, bedroom etc. It worked when I moved here and I'll be doing it again. Pillows, comforters etc. Use tape like Duct tape nice and sticky and write some alphabet letters and mark what's inside in notebook. I packed my pillows in thick garbage bags tied shut. Why buy a box. Comforters and heavy bedding also. Hope that makes moving easier. I love Alejandra and her neat bug. Send me some of your bug Girl. I need it 😩

  51. My daughter still has the plastic tote tubs (18-gallon/72-quart size) that she used for all of her college dorm moves, and will be reusing them for the move into her first apartment. She's started purging her belongings, so hopefully the tote tubs won't be as overstuffed as they were for the dorm room moves. (And if they are, I just bought one of those rolls of shrinkwrap-on-a-stick to help secure them.) She also has multiple duffel bags in various sizes that I'm sure she'll use, too. And if those aren't enough, she's got Mom's stash of eBay boxes in the basement and Dad's stash of empty copy paper cartons at work to draw upon.

  52. You can not get much cheaper than rental rental boxes like these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXuCUrWo-I

  53. Moving Boxes fit just for you. Plus we have Movers, Packers, and moving supplies as well as moving boxes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXuCUrWo-I

  54. VEERY GOOD VIDEO BUT THIS HELPED ME GREATLY ON MY MOVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXuCUrWo-I


  56. Labeling Tip- assign a number, letter, or even a color to every room in the new house. Label the boxes with the number (or color, or letter) that corresponds with that room in the same place on each box… Bottom left corner, top right corner, Etc. Then, when you get to the new house… Put a sticky note on the doors to all of the rooms with the number you've assigned to it.

    If you have professional movers, or even just friends and family helping you, it makes it so much easier if they can just grab a box with a number 7 and put it in the room that has a number 7 on the door.

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