5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat or Dog

If you’re moving with furry pets, you might be a little anxious about relocating them. They’re probably a little anxious too! After all, with children at least you can explain what’s happening and answer their questions. That’s probably not an option with your dog.

So, what can you do to make your move comfortable and stress-free for your pet… and for you? We’ve got a few tips you can try to keep your little guys happy.


A lot of our tips are for pets that are unusually nervous or sensitive—you’ll know if your pet needs that kind of attention. But here are a couple of tasks you should take care of for any pets whenever you move.

1.Medicine and Records

Chances are your move will mean you’ll be visiting a new vet. Before you move, make sure to get a copy of his medical records, especially immunization shots, from your old vet.

While you’re there, it’s a great time to take care of one last checkup before you get caught up in your move. This is also a good time to refill any prescriptions.

2. Microchip Registration

It’s very common these days for pets to have embedded microchips that make them easy to track or identify if they get lost. Take some time to update your address and contact information with your microchip service when you move to a new home.

This is cute, but it's not the right way to move a pet.
This is cute, but it’s not the right way to move a pet.


Those are the essentials. But if your pet needs some extra attention—for example, if she’s a rescue who might have some anxiety about changes—here are some tips that will help you keep your friend calm during the big event.

1. Stick to Routine

It can help a lot to keep up any routines you have with your pet, it can be very comforting when everything else is changing.

Two things can easily get in the way of this: First, you’ll be very busy with moving, so you’ll have to make sure you keep your schedule clear for the usual afternoon walk or play time. Second, you might be tempted to go a little overboard in making your pet feel better about the move, doing things like giving them unusual treats or privileges. Try to resist, as this is just one more thing that can make your pet feel overwhelmed by change.

2. Out of the Way, But Not Out of Sight

A rambunctious pet can be a distraction when you’re getting busy with the actual packing and shifting of boxes and furniture. You won’t want them underfoot.

But you don’t want to lock them away either. Keep your pet out of the way but let them keep an eye on you—for example, by using a safety gate to keep them in an already-emptied room. They can see what’s happening without feeling shut out, and you can take a break from moving every so often to check in and give them a rub. This also works for moving into your new home.

3. Save the Best for Last

As the house gets emptier, your pet may get more concerned. Leave them something to hold onto: Keep your pet’s toys and food bowls in place right until you leave, and then set them up as soon as you reach your new home.

It may take some time for things to get back to normal, but this way at least some things will stay the same.


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How to Choose a Reliable Local Moving Company

College Muscle Movers isn’t the only moving company in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. There are other well-established local moving companies, and there are always smaller operations starting up or shutting their doors.

We know you’ve got a lot of options to choose from, so we’d like to help you make the best decision. Here are a few tips for finding fair and reliable moving companies that you can trust—even when they’re not us.

1. Look for Membership in the AMSA and BBB





The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) certifies professional movers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) promotes trustworthy business practices.

Any reputable moving company should be a member of both organizations. Otherwise, you should have serious questions about their reliability and quality of work.

Some fly-by-night movers—also known as ‘rogue movers’—have been known to use names very similar to established companies in order to trick customers. Confirming these certifications will help you avoid these traps.

2. Read Some Online Reviews

You might be used to using websites like Yelp to find restaurants, but it’s also a great place to find reviews of all kinds of services. We’re very proud of our four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp. It’s not easy to keep a rating that high across dozens of reviews, but that’s exactly the level of service you deserve.

Angie’s List and Google reviews can also be helpful.

When you’ve picked a few well-reviewed companies to choose from, that’s the time to start comparing prices—trying to save money by hiring two-star movers is likely to cause more problems than it’s worth.

3. Ask The Real Experts: Other Customers

Online reviews are a great convenience, but it’s worth getting some information straight from the source, especially if you’re considering a mover that doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence. If you have friends or co-workers who have some experience moving in the Twin Cities, they can probably tell you about several of your options.

Any reputable mover should also be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers—this is especially helpful for business moves which can be large and complicated, and where trust and reliability are especially important. Ask if you can get contact information from other office managers who have used the mover.

4. Ask A Tough Question

If you’re still having trouble choosing, or if you just want to make sure you made the right choice, try asking a difficult question about some detail of your move.

If you have an especially large and awkward or delicate item that requires special attention, ask how the mover would handle it. If you get a thoughtful answer, that’s a great sign.


If you’ve looked at all your options and think the College Muscle Movers would be a good fit, get in touch with us at 1-800-818-8449, and we’ll be happy to help you move—or answer any difficult questions about moving that you have!

How to Move Books Easily and Safely

If you’ve got a home library, or even a decent-sized collection of books, you’ll find that they can be a real hassle to move. You may have a few treasured books that need some extra protection, but the real problem is weight—a box full of books is no fun to lift and carry.

We’ll try to help you deal with both of those challenges!

1. Lighten That Load

Like any part of the moving process, it’s important to get serious about what you don’t want to move.

Books are one of the best opportunities: They weigh a lot, they’re usually cheap to replace (even free if you don’t mind a visit to the library), it’s easy to figure out which ones you aren’t likely to read again, and there are a lot of opportunities to pass them on to somebody else who can use them.

You can donate extra books to Goodwill or Savers, and even sell more valuable items online at websites like Powell’s or BookScouter.

Plus, here in the Minneapolis area we also have plenty of Little Free Libraries around the city, so you can have some fun giving directly back to your community—just make sure not to pick up too many new books while you’re at it!

They're heavy with knowledge, but they're also heavy with weight. Image Credit: Flickr
They’re heavy with knowledge, but they’re also heavy with weight.
Image Credit: Flickr

2. Sort Before You Pack

Once you’ve got a big pile of the books you want to keep, it can help to sort them according to size. This well help a lot during the packing step.

3. Distribute the Weight

Now that you’ve got the books sorted, here’s the trick that will help you deal with that weight problem: Instead of putting all your books into the same boxes, look for extra spaces in other boxes and fill them with books.

A box holding holiday lights or DVDs won’t weigh much, so go ahead and fill half of the box with those items and the other half with books. Since you’ve sorted your books by size, it should be easy to find the right books to fill the right spaces.

Whether you’re splitting your books or putting them all in one heavy box, make sure the box is tough enough to handle the weight.

4. Extra Protection

If you do have especially valuable books, or just books you love so much you want to keep them in perfect condition, you can take some extra steps.

For hardcover books, you can load them into a box the same way you’d put them on a shelf: standing upright in a row. This will keep them stable, but don’t pack them too tightly. For more valuable books, it may be worth wrapping them in brown paper to avoid any scuffing.

For paperbacks, cut a piece of cardboard about the size of the book and place it against the back of the book. Then wrap the book and cardboard in bubble wrap. This will keep the book safe from scratches and prevent it from bending.

For any books, make sure to never pack them with the spines facing up, as this can cause the spines to bend and warp. Any extra spaces in boxes can be filled with crumpled paper to prevent the books from shifting—just don’t use newspaper, as the ink can rub off and damage the books.


Thanks for reading our tips, and if you need some help shifting those boxes, give the College Muscle Movers a call—we’ll take care of it, no matter how heavy those books are!

Five Tips for Moving Valuable Antiques

Moving furniture from Ikea is one thing, but if you’ve invested in truly valuable and unique furniture and fixtures, like hand-crafted antiques, you’re going to want to take a different approach to moving.

First off, the more valuable the furniture, the more important it is to make sure you use only qualified and experienced movers and packers—you can give the College Muscle Movers a call and we’ll help you get the right people on the job.

But there are also a lot of things you can do yourself. Here are some tips for moving your valuable antiques and delicate fixtures.

1. Extra Packing Material

You’re going to want to use extra packing material for these valuable items. If anything is going to go into a box, leave plenty of space for bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

For furniture, you’ll want to first pull out any removable parts like drawers and pack them separately. Then, you can begin wrapping padding around the top and adding more layers as you move to the bottom—that’s where they’re most likely to come into contact with other heavy objects.

For glassware or porcelain, check out our article on safely packing glass for moving. In addition, for truly valuable and delicate objects, you may even want to consider using wooden crates to ensure the safety of the items inside—wood won’t collapse under pressure.

2. Get Insurance and Take Photos

You’ll want to make sure you have the right kind of insurance for moving antiques; standard packing insurance typically has a flat value per pound policy, and your antiques are probably something a little more special than that.

Once you’ve sorted out the insurance, be sure to take photos of your antiques to prove their condition.

It's lasted almost a century. With a little care, it'll make it through this move, too. Image Credit: Flickr
It’s lasted almost a century. With a little care, it’ll make it through this move, too.
Image Credit: Flickr

3. Clean Carefully Before Moving

This is especially important if your antiques will be spending any time in storage. Minor stains can become permanent marks if left to settle in. Speaking of storage…

4. Moving Safely, Storing Safely

If you expect some of your antiques will be spending time in storage, make sure the storage facility has the appropriate climate control for your possessions. Antiques do not enjoy being exposed to the elements.

And even if you’re making only a short move, bulkier and more delicate items require special treatment. You may wish to ask about renting a van with an advanced suspension and powered lift gates to give your valuables the smoothest transition to and from the truck.

5. Check the Truck and Check Again

The most dangerous part of the moving process for your antiques will be the time in the truck, so make sure they’re settled in as safely as possible. That means looking for any objects that might come into contact with them as the truck shifts during transport. Creating barriers with mattresses can help with this.


We hope that helps you. And if you’ve got any questions, give us a call and we’ll do our best to get you the answers you need and help you get ahold of all the supplies necessary to give your antiques a safe move to their new home.

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Moving

Here at the College Muscle Movers blog, we usually talk about the RIGHT way to pack and move. But not everybody is a perfectionist. We understand that.

So go ahead, pack the way you want—but whatever you do, you’re going to have a better time if you avoid these mistakes.

Mistake #1: Another Day, Another Property

It’s common for people to aim to save money by ensuring they only pay rent on one property at a time—move all your stuff out of the old place on Friday, move it all in to the new place on Saturday.

Sure, you’ll save a little cash, but it’s usually worth the extra expense to have more time and less pressure to get your move finished. This is especially true for large moves or moves during cold weather (plenty of that in Minnesota) that might bump your schedule around—you’ll be glad to have two bases to work from.

Mistake #2: Too Much Stuff

This is a classic mistake: Just because you’re moving, doesn’t mean every single item in your home or office should come with you.

Be merciless in getting rid of stuff that you haven’t used in ages. Donate what you can, trash what you can’t. Are you ever going to read that shelf of old paperbacks again? Is it really worth complicating your move by packing up perishable food items? (By the way, you can plan ahead to make sure you run out of food just as you move—no waste, no hassle.)

You probably don’t need to bring all of them with you, right? Image Credit: Flickr


Mistake #3: Last-Minute Packing

The sooner you start packing, the less stress you’ll have and the better job you’ll do of organizing those boxes.

Weeks ahead of time, you should choose a part of your home or office to start packing and stacking boxes. You won’t be in a rush, and you’ll be able to intelligently choose which items should go in which boxes. Speaking of boxes…

Mistake #4: Heavy, Heavy Boxes

The College Muscle Movers can handle heavy boxes, no problem. But if you’re going to be hauling any yourself, even just from one room to another, you want to distribute the weight evenly.

It’s convenient to put all your books in one box, but that’s going to be one seriously heavy box. Try splitting your library and mixing it in with lighter contents in other boxes.

Mistake #5: What’s in the Mystery Box?

Labelling all your boxes can be a hassle. But trust us, the bigger hassle is not bothering to label them and spending hours digging around for the things you need once you arrive at your new property.

We’ve suggested a few schemes that can help you make the most out of labelling boxes, but you don’t have to get fancy with a floor plan and coding scheme. Just a couple of clear words in black marker will save you big headaches later on.


If you avoid these mistakes—and remember to lift with your knees!—you may not have the perfect move, but you won’t have a disaster on your hands either.

And if you DO want the perfect move, just give the College Muscle Movers a call!

5 Tips for Moving in Cold Weather

Welcome to the Polar Vortex—that’s what we’re calling this year’s winter storm, but it’s really nothing new to any of our readers living in and around Minneapolis. We get tough weather every year, and here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve got plenty of experience in getting out and working in those below-freezing temperatures.

It’s never ideal to move during winter weather, and if you’ve got a choice, it’s definitely worth waiting it out—but odds are you don’t have a choice. Here are some tips to help you deal with a cold weather move.

1. Clear Walkways Ahead of Time

If you’re moving between locations in and around Minneapolis, you’ll want to take some time the day before the move to visit your new home and clear any walkways and parking areas. Shovel that snow and throw down some salt to clear out the ice.

You’ll be moving a lot of boxes in tough weather, and you don’t want anything getting in your way or making you slip, so make sure to do the same for your old home before you start loading up boxes.

2. Get Your Utilities Turned On

If you’re moving to a home that has been unoccupied for some time, you may want to make sure that your utilities are turned on and ready to start pumping out the heat by the time you arrive.

You can combine this tip with clearing walkways: when you leave the new house, go ahead and get the heat started so you’ll have a warm shelter when you do the serious work the next day.

3. Prepare Hot Drinks

Whether it’s coffee, cocoa, or soup, you’ll be glad you filled up a thermos ahead of time. Of course, the College Muscle Movers always come prepared, but if you’ve got friends or family helping out, they’ll really appreciate if you make enough to share.

4. Pack Sensitive Items With Extra Care

Some items are especially sensitive to cold, and you should plan ahead to make sure they’re as safe as possible by giving them additional insulation. Almost any kind of electronics should be carefully protected, and many solid wood objects can warp in extreme cold.

5. Be Prepared for Emergencies

It's going to be tough out there. Be ready for anything.   Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
It’s going to be tough out there. Be ready for anything. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

We know you wouldn’t be moving in winter if you didn’t have to, but at least you can prepare for the worst. Be ready for anything that might go wrong: Get your car serviced and bring along the usual winter gear like a small shovel and a bag of sand for getting unstock.

Plan your route ahead of time. Especially if you’re driving a large moving truck, you’ll want to make sure you know which roads are most likely to be clear and safe.

Finally, make sure you have a list of emergency contacts you can call for roadside assistance and to let folks know if winter conditions will delay your arrival.


Good luck. Moving in winter may not be fun, but we hope this helps you make it as safe and simple as possible.

Pro Tips to Make Your Move Easier

So far in the College Muscle Movers blog, we’ve covered a lot of common moving issues in-depth.

Today, we’d like to share some of our favorite quick tips that will help with any move—you can get the job done faster and better if you follow these tips. So here we go: A collection of best practices for packing and moving.

Choose What You Move

Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of extra stuff you don’t need anymore. You’ll be putting your eyes on everything you own as you sort it into boxes, so take the time to ask yourself: When was the last time I used this? And will I ever use it again?

Old clothes are easy candidates for this, and it’s a nice feeling to pass them on to your local Goodwill. But you may discover all kinds of items you forgot you even owned. Don’t bother packing up and moving all that extra baggage! It’ll just take more time and money and all you’ll get in return is a cluttered new home.

Spread Out Your Packing Time

Start packing early—we’re talking two or three months ahead of time—and you’ll find that packing is a lot less stressful.

That's a lot of boxes--but you don't need to fill them up all at once. Image Credit: Flickr
That’s a lot of boxes–but you don’t need to fill them up all at once.
Image Credit: Flickr

Moving an entire household is a real chore, but it’s not so bad if you set a goal of packing just a few boxes a week. You can start with the obvious items you know you won’t need any time soon, like decorative items, seasonal clothing, and holiday gear.

Not only does this make moving easier, you’ll also find that the extra time makes you more likely to be careful about how you organize as you pack—so let’s talk about how you can organize better when the pressure’s off.

Better Strategies for Labeling Boxes

You probably already know how important it is to label your boxes when you move. Here are a few specific strategies to try that should get you better results than just scrawling “Kitchen” on the top.

First, you should always set aside a few boxes for stuff you’ll need right away—enough kitchen gear to make a few simple meals, a few days’ worth of clothes, your bathroom necessities, and any paperwork you’ll need to refer to.

For all the rest of those boxes, here’s an idea that will help you and any movers you hire get all the boxes where they should be: Draw up a simple floor plan of your new home, and label each room with a letter—for example, “L” for living room, “K” for kitchen, and so on.

Now you’ve got a simple code you can use to quickly label and identify your boxes. It’s a good idea to add a few other notes to the box too, like “K – Utensils” or “L – DVDs”, but the important thing is that this will really streamline that initial process of getting everything out of the truck and into the right room.

With big, easy-to-read symbols quickly written on your boxes (it’s so easy you might as well label every side for quick identification), and a simple map to guide your family and your movers, you’ll save time on both packing and unpacking.

 Need More Help? Call in the Muscle

We hope these tips help you make your move smoothly and get started off on the right foot in your new home. If you’re in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area, we’d love to take care of all the details: Just give the College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449 and we’ll tell you more about what we can do for you.

Moving Framed Paintings or Photographs? Here’s How To Pack Safely

When one of our College Muscle Movers has to move their own artwork, it’s easy: They just roll up the posters they bought for $5 each at the campus store and put a rubber band around the tube and they’re ready to go.

If you’re at the stage of your life where you’ve invested a little more in your décor, you’re going to want to take the process more seriously. No problem, our movers know how to treat precious art with the care and respect it deserves. But if you’re planning to take care of the packing on your own, you’ve got a few challenges to consider.

Every part of a painting or photograph is a potential packing disaster: fragile glass that can shatter, ornate frames that can flake and crack, and delicate paper or canvas that can rip and tear.

Here’s how to make sure your art makes it to your new location looking picture-perfect.

What’s It Worth?

First, if you’re using any kind of moving or shipping service, you should consider whether your art warrants additional insurance. By default, most services provide a basic level of insurance per pound. That might be okay for furniture, but a valuable painting doesn’t weigh much.

If your art is likely to have a high value, consider having an appraiser  review their value and provide you with an estimate, and take pictures of all the pieces before insuring them separately from your other possessions and packing them up. The American Society of Appraisers can help you find a qualified professional.


Do whatever it takes to keep this priceless treasure safe. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Do whatever it takes to keep this priceless treasure safe.
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Because artwork tends to be more valuable and delicate while taking up less space than most items, consider transporting it in your car instead of the moving truck. This will require less careful packing and will reduce the risk of damage caused by shifting truck contents.

Packing Your Framed Artwork

Here are some simple steps that will help you keep your art safe if it’s in a frame and under glass.

1. Secure the glass with painter’s tape. Damage to glass is the most likely mishap that could happen to your art, but it’s also the easiest to repair—as long as it doesn’t damage the canvas. To ensure this, use painter’s tape (because it will be easy to remove later) to create a loose square grid pattern with additional diagonal strips on the glass. This way, even if the glass cracks, it will be held in place instead of scraping against the art.

2. Cover the frame in a layer of bubble wrap. You may wish to place a sheet of cardboard or a layer of acid-free paper on the glass front of the painting first to provide stability and reduce static cling. Then, wrap the entire piece in a thick layer of bubble wrap, securing it with tape at the back—not at the sides.

3. Slide the painting into a box only slightly larger than the frame. You may have a hard time finding a box with the perfect fit, but College Muscle Movers has a good selection of specialty sizes and you can find suppliers with a full range. If your painting is valuable, financially or sentimentally, it’s worth tracking down a box that will offer a snug fit to your wrapped painting. You can even buy special Styrofoam wedges designed to fit over the corners of your frame to provide additional padding and stability. Seal it up tightly and you’re all set. If you’re loading the box into a moving truck, carefully select a stable area at an edge of the truck or between two large objects unlikely to crash into it, like upright mattresses.


That’s it! Of course, if you’re talking about exceptionally valuable paintings, you’ll want to look into having the pieces professionally crated and shipped by specialists. For almost anything else, these steps will offer the best protection with the least expense.

Any questions? We’re always happy to help. Give the College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449 and we’ll get you the answers you need.

Tips for Moving Your Couch Safely

Moving couches and other large pieces of furniture is a real challenge. It’s difficult, exhausting, and potentially dangerous (to you and your furniture). So no surprise that it’s one of the main reasons people hire the College Muscle Movers to take care of the hassles of moving.

If you’re taking on the job yourself, we’ve got some tips that should help you out and give you a better chance of getting that giant sofa where it needs to go.

Lifting Couches Safely

We’ve got a handy little article on safe lifting and it’s worth checking out before you try to pick up a couch or any other furniture: we briefly cover tools you can use, safe lifting techniques, and appropriate postures for dealing with heavy loads.

In addition to those tips, remember that you’re always going to want at least one partner to help you with long awkward shapes like couches.

Getting Through a Narrow Space

Hallways, doors and other narrow spaces are especially difficult—sometimes impossible.

It’s always best if you can plan ahead and measure the space you have compared to the dimensions of your couch before you move, or even before you choose your new home. Measure the height, width, and length of your sofa and the areas you’ll need to navigate through. Keep in mind that a soft couch should have a couple of inches of ‘give’ in it to squeeze through.

Pretty to look at, but not much fun to move through a hallway. Image Credit: Flickr
Pretty to look at, but not much fun to move through a hallway.
Image Credit: Flickr

If those numbers don’t quite match, there are a few options you have. It’s always a good idea to move furniture after removing everything possible, such as legs and detachable upholstery, so take care of that if you haven’t already and see if that gives you some extra space.

If you’ve still got a tight squeeze, use one or more partners to carefully maneuver the couch into different positions—turning it upside down, sideways, standing it on its end, anything that might give you the angle you need.

If that doesn’t work, you’re looking at more extreme methods. If you think it will help, you can try removing the door from its hinges to make more space. If you really love that couch, you can also consider options for having it disassembled and reassembled by an expert, or look into using a crane or other tools to hoist the couch in through a window or balcony.

Protecting Your Couch During Moves

Here are some tips to keep in mind for any couch move:

1. Wrapping your furniture in moving pads and blankets protects both the furniture and the walls from scrapes and rips.

2. Dollies and furniture sliders are a great help when moving furniture around open spaces.

3. Remove as much as you can from any furniture and store it separately for the move; this includes legs, covers, and cushions.


And as always, if you’re in the Minneapolis area, give College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449 and we’ll take care of that difficult sofa for you.

Which Boxes are Best for Moving: Cardboard or Plastic?

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and moving boxes.

It happens every time you have to move, whether it’s as simple as shifting your textbooks from one dorm to another or going cross-country in a rented truck: you’ve got to scramble to find, assemble and fill as many cardboard boxes as you can get your hands on, and then you’ve got to figure out what to do with the pile of mangled cardboard you’re left with when you’re finished unpacking.

But in the past decade or so, a new option has become increasingly available and popular: reusable plastic moving containers. Here at College Muscle Movers, we offer both traditional cardboard boxes for sale as well as plastic containers for rent, and you’ll find many of our competitors both here in Minneapolis and across the country are doing the same.

Why? The answer is pretty simple: Plastic is a better choice for many reasons. We’ll tell you five reasons why, and we’ll also suggest a few occasions where good old cardboard is still a smart choice.


Five Reasons Why Plastic Boxes Beat Cardboard


1. Simple

No need to assemble these babies: plastic boxes come pre-constructed, ready for you to fill. No tape or folding required. This can save you hours of work for a large move.

2. Stackable

Reusable plastic boxes are designed to fit snugly together, making it easier to move large numbers of them and save space in your moving vehicles. This also aids in their structural integrity when stacked, which brings us to reason three…

3. Durable

Plastic moving boxes are much tougher than cardboard. That means they’ll have a safer trip through the streets to your new home or office, and even better, they won’t collapse while you carry them by hand.

This feature is especially important for large moves, especially of offices and businesses.

4. Rentable & Returnable

College Muscle Movers (and most other movers who offer plastic boxes) can deliver your order straight to your door and pick up the empty boxes afterwards. So there’s no need to hunt around town for somebody throwing old boxes away, and no need to flatten and store the cardboard after you use it. No need to fill your new home with old boxes.

5. Reusable

It may not mean much to your move, but the planet appreciates that these boxes can be used over and over again without being thrown away. That’s why they’re often called ‘eco-boxes.’

When to Use Cardboard Anyway

Now, if you’re skeptical, we’ll be honest, there are a couple of situations where cardboard might be the better solution:

1. Small Moves

If you’re just moving a bedroom or a few shelves from your dorm, then hunting down and assembling cardboard boxes will be a much smaller problem. Go ahead, Mother Earth can handle it if you end up recycling just a couple of boxes when you’re done.

2. No Budget

You might be surprised to find that renting plastic boxes is very similar in price to buying cardboard boxes—go ahead, do the math yourself! But it is true that you can scrounge up free cardboard boxes if you’re patient and if you ask nicely in the right stores. Just keep in mind that time is money, so don’t waste too much of it if you can afford a stronger and simpler solution.


Pretty simple, right? If you’re moving enough stuff, plastic is the way to go every time for security, convenience, and price.