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Anyone who has begun the moving process has quickly found out—there may be as many types of moving boxes as there are stars in the sky. Here’s a quick guide to the most common types of moving boxes and what you will be using them for.

Small Moving Boxes. These may end up being the cornerstone of your moving experience. Typically used for books and other heavy items, small boxes can also be used for many other things. Small kitchen items and electronics, well-wrapped collectibles and jewelry boxes, and even kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys can all be packed easily in these boxes.

Medium Moving Boxes. With 3 cubic feet of space, you’ll be utilizing these for all your large but lightweight items. Kitchen products including pots and pans are common, as are medium-sized devices and appliances (think blender sized), and shoes. You’ll be using lots of these if you decide to forgo wardrobe boxes.

Large Moving Boxes. As packables get lighter, boxes can get larger. Use these for bulky but lightweight items, keeping in mind the “under 50 pounds per box” rule of thumb. These are great for linens, towels, pillows, blankets, and comforters.

Other types of boxes include mattress boxes, art crates, and perishable boxes. And don’t forget the plastic bins you probably already have around the house, which make great waterproof substitutes for medium moving boxes.

Don’t try to guess! The pros at GreenLight Movers can set you up with exactly the boxes you need. Contact them today with your packing and moving questions, and get a free quote on your move.