1) Bookstores get their books in high quality boxes that are the perfect size for packing most household items. They turn around and immediately throw away or recycle these boxes which are still in near if not perfect condition.
How to get bookstore boxes:
- Call your local brick and mortar bookstore (usually ask for the information desk or a manager).
- Tell them you're moving (or building a fort) and ask if you can have some of their used boxes.
- Remember to say please. It never hurts to be nice. :)
Their responses will vary from giving you a fixed number to offering you free reign of more boxes than you can imagine. If they say no, just call the next closest store. I've found it's rare they say no, and typically it's a specific person at the store that doesn't know the store policy is to give away the boxes to anyone that asks.
2) freecycle.org The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. This organization manages local mailing lists all over the USA. The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be another's treasure!
How to get freecycle boxes:
- Visit the freecycle.org website http://freecycle.org.
- Join the mailing list for your local community.
- Offer something to the mailing list. Freecycle edict suggests that the first post to a list should be an offer. But not to worry, you're moving so this is a good time to get rid of your hand carved Elvis figurine collection.
- Search the list for Moving Boxes and if you don't see any post a message with the subject "WANTED: Moving Boxes".
When You're Done
Once you're done be sure to pass the boxes on to someone else that needs them. There are lots of people on freecycle.org that will be happy to take them off your hands. Any of the boxes that are in bad shape can be recycled!