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How to Pack Your Book Collection for Maximum Efficiency

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 10/24/2021

For many homeowners, a book collection is a point of pride and an important element in their interior decor. Books can hold emotional as well as functional significance and their presence in any room adds an important personal touch. However, when it comes time to move, an extensive book collection can be difficult to work with. Books are heavy and take up precious cargo space. Luckily, there are some expert tips for packing books for a move that will streamline the process.

Consider Weight & Volume

Many moving services and companies charge by weight rather than by amount of space in a truck. Unfortunately, with books being so heavy, this can rack up your moving bill a considerable amount. Before packing everything, take some time to go through your books and thin the collection where you can. If you’re not sure where to start, try separating books into piles based on how likely you are to read them again or if they are rare special editions, you won’t find anywhere else. Any books that don’t make the cut should go into a bag or box to donate to your local library and the remaining books will weigh and cost you less to move.

Separate Paperbacks & Hardbacks

The secret to packing books efficiently is to pack paperbacks and hardbacks differently. Paperbacks should lay flat in a moving box to make as many horizontal stacks as possible. Hardcovers, however, are best packed standing up vertically just like they are on the shelf. This will save you a ton of space and make sure you can get as many books as possible into one box. To protect hardback covers from damage, wrap the books in packing paper. This protects the jackets by reducing friction between books. If you have especially valuable or delicate volumes, consider packing them in an entirely separate box labeled for extra careful handling.

Prioritize Placement

Once the books are in boxes (properly sealed up and labeled) it’s crucial for them to fit into the rest of the packing process efficiently. Book boxes should always go on the bottom level of your packing, whether they’re in a moving truck or in the trunk of your car. Books are heavy and stacking them on top of other boxes can be dangerous. It can also lead to damage of items stored below. Try to avoid stacking book boxes if possible and instead use them as a foundation level for your belongings. This means they should be the first thing in and the last thing out when packing and unpacking.

Moving is complex and time-consuming, so every minute and inch saved is worth the effort. Use these tips to pack and move your book collection like a professional and make your experience simpler on both sides of the process.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.