Cheap moving boxes are hard to come by! (Can I get an “amen”?). The worst part is that the specialized ones cost even more. And the specialized ones are the always the ones we’re craving when it comes time to pack. They really do make the whole moving process easier. There’s just no denying that.

What if I told you that some really smart and average people had come up with ways to hack those specialized moving boxes?

Well, they have, and here I am to share those ideas with you.

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1) Wardrobe Box

These are definitely at the top of the list. I used to move my clothes by taking them all off their hangers and folding them and it sucked. Now, get a dowel rod or pole from the Lowe’s and cut it into sections. Hang your clothes on the sections, drop them into the boxes, turn the pole diagonally to keep tension so that hangars don’t slip off and set it in the box. Then when it’s time to unpack you just pick up the pole and transfer. It this seems like too much, use garbage bags like garment bags by poking a hole in the bottom of a garbage bag, feeding the tops of the hangars through it. Tie the top (now bottom) of the bag.

1) ExtraTall Box

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This might sound a little too obvious, but I feel like when it comes to moving nothing can be too obvious. We need to share as many tips as we can! A lot of times the cheap moving boxes are your standard sizes and strengths, which is just fine for most of what you are trying to move. But what about the tall stuff that you want to box up? You can easily convert those cheap moving boxes to the extra-tall (and extra-expensive) boxes by stacking them on top of each other. And if you need more than one, they slip over each other easily enough. Just make sure to tape around the joining sides/ends real good.

3) Glass Boxes

I really like the boxes with the cubby dividers for expensive glassware. Like all specialized boxes, these are not part of the “cheap moving boxes” family. To solve this problem I go to liquor stores. Now, it’s not what you’re thinking. I go in and ask for any boxes they might have laying around. These boxes usually held held wine and other glass bottles, so they come with the cardboard dividers.

Score! I use these to pack my vases and wine glasses in.