If you enjoy reading and you have managed to accumulate a massive collection of books over the years, you probably are not looking forward to your moving day. Relocating to a new home is hard enough even if you don’t have dozens of shelves cluttered with novels, photo albums and etc. So, if you are a proud owner of a lot of books, you will need to come up with a reliable moving strategy for them. The key points on which you should focus are:
- The distance of your move
- The type of books you own
Spot the dust collectors
Go through your books to see whether you want to keep all of them. You may find paperbacks that you have bought years ago but which you still have not read. Ask yourself the question whether you will ever get around reading them or they will remain yet another dust magnet on your shelf. Give away or donate the books that you don’t want to keep. In that way, you will make your move easier and faster and you will make some room for the new exciting titles. You will definitely appreciate the extra space if you are downsizing from a house to a flat. Although London generally offers a good selection of property options, there are a few exceptions like the City of London where flats are the top choice of property-seekers. In areas like Blackfriars EC4 and Barbican EC1, flats dominate the property market. Nearby Aldgate EC3 does offer many great Georgian houses but many of them have been transformed into purpose-built flats too. So, if your new home is rather small, you will definitely need to say goodbye to some of your books.
Pick your boxes wisely
Avoid packing your hardcover books in large boxes because the final result may end up being too heavy to carry. Instead, place your hardcovers in a small cardboard box and the regular paperbacks can go in a bigger box. Also, don’t forget to get boxes that have a solid bottom. If you don’t have any, you can use regular moving boxes but do tape their base well and place a towel or something soft at the bottom of the box.
Try to come up with a practical packing system
If your book collection is quite extensive, you may need to use some sort of a strategy when sorting through your novels. That will help you to quickly arrange them back on the shelves of your new house. For instance, you can stack them by genre, author and etc. To preserve the condition of your books, stack them flat in the boxes. Hardcovers must be placed with their spines against the edge of the cardboard box, whereas paperbacks are better off with their spines against the bottom of the box.
If your collection of books is of gigantic proportions, you should not hesitate to rely on the services of a trained man with a van. That will cost you some money but it will make your moving home experience much smoother.