How to Find Free Moving Boxes


Planning an upcoming household move requires careful packing, especially of decorative items and personal treasures. Finding the right-sized box for specific items, such as small boxes for heavy books and larger boxes for bubble-wrapped tabletop decor, helps you handle the boxes more easily. Packing each box with goods, and filling in gaps with newspaper, helps prevent items from shifting once the move is underway. Check with local businesses to obtain free moving boxes in convenient sizes.

Recycled Retailers' Boxes

  • General-merchandise retailers can offer a wealth of free boxes, although checking ahead for stock delivery dates increases your odds of success. Grocery stores accumulate differently sized boxes, some with dividers and/or lids. Look for apple and egg boxes -- these sturdy boxes hold fragile items and plenty of packing material. If there's a nearby bookstore, ask for all the boxes you can carry -- they're good for packing heavier items. Liquor stores may also give away boxes in ideal sizes, often with bottle-sized inserts.

Moving Box Depots

  • Some moving truck rental businesses provide free boxes through an on-site box exchange. For example, U-Haul company stores, along with some standalone U-Haul dealers, provide a box drop-off site where moved-in customers can leave their still usable moving boxes for customers preparing to move. This innovative program helps reduce moving expenses and keeps the boxes out of the landfill.

Tenant Box Transfers

  • Cultivating a good relationship with apartment complex managers can help you receive boxes from incoming tenants. To find residents who have just unpacked their household goods, check in regularly with the apartment manager. Ask about placing your contact information on the apartment complex's social media page and on a complex bulletin board.

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