After four years of working for film festivals in various cities, and another few years living and working at a private school, I've come back to New York City to get my Master's while living at la maison famille
. But nearly everything I own other than my clothes and my laptop is in boxes, either in my family's house or in storage. Some of those boxes haven't been opened since 2004.
What I have now is a three part challenge, and if you can help with any part I'd be grateful. [more inside]
Where can I find large and sturdy corrugated shipping boxes in the Boston area? [more inside]
So I got this deal on tissues. Super cheap, but the boxes are half the height of the ones I usually buy. And the problem is, whenever I grab a tissue from the box, the whole box flies up in the air with the tissue, knocking over anything within an 18" radius. And I've bought 2 years worth of these damned boxes, so it's not a temporary problem.
My thought was to weigh them down by slipping something heavy into the bottom of the box, beneath the bottom tissue. So: what's something really cheap (i.e. far <$1) and reasonably thin, and adequately heavy (a bolt or something won't cut it)....and easily found at Home Depot?
Where can I buy blank plastic boxes for electronic gizmo projects? [more inside]
I order a lot of stuff online (like the people four questions back
). Which means I end up with a lot of boxes. Which means I spend a lot of time breaking down boxes with a box cutter to put into recycling. The way I do it seems both time consuming, and possibly accident-prone. Anyone have any tips for breaking down boxes safely and quickly? (Or, I guess, tips for how to avoid having to break down boxes).
I unpack a cardboard box. I cut the tape and flatten the box, and a person with a truck takes it to the recycling center, where it is chopped up and wetted into a paste and made into other boxes. What happens to the tape that held the box together? Is it soaked off before the box is chopped up? Is it a total waste, or is it incorporated into a recycled product? How bad is plastic tape for the environment?
What meals-in-a-box should I send to my darling? [more inside]
I made my boyfriend an advent calendar for Christmas and I'm looking for tiny (but quality!) gifts to fill it! [more inside]
I have several boxes of zines that I'd like to get off my floor and display more publicly. I love the idea of modular boxes like these
, but of course I have some particular snowflake storage needs and limitations. Help me modify this system! [more inside]
I dropped off all my possessions (pretty much everything I own) in boxes at a local storage facility in the UK (in awful circumstances - details below) and failed to get a receipt, only a verbal agreement that they would do my paperwork by email, and deliver my boxes in a month's time. I then had to leave the country. Four weeks later, I've yet to receive any invoice or confirmation. I've called and emailed several times and have been told in a genial but rather brusque way that they will get in touch, but so far no email. I'm heading back to the UK soon and want to get my boxes delivered this weekend. Still no invoice or receipt. I am FREAKING OUT that they are being so flaky. I am having panicky visions of them losing or selling all my things, and me showing up in the UK with basically the clothes on my back and nothing else. Have I made a terrible mistake? Is there anything I can do? Apologies in advance for long freaking-out-ness below the jump. [more inside]
Just finding out about this amazing/ridiculous thing where you can sign up to have different companies mail you crap every month in a box they think you'll like! After a quick review scan online, I'm wondering if any of the Mefis have subscription box services that you would swear by? [more inside]
I need ideas for ways to store small objects in small, see-through containers, preferably ones that are either flat and stackable or stand up tubes. I need some that hold about 2-3 cubic inches of material, some a little more, some a little less. I need to buy a lot of these and I need them as cheap as possible-- I'm hoping to pay around 35 cents apiece for them but am willing to go a bit higher on some if necessary. They're for storing beads of a variety of sizes, so I need to be able to mix and match a few different kinds of containers. I am willing to buy from multiple sources if necessary. [more inside]
I have two large, satin-covered, heart-shaped candy boxes that I've saved for storage. The question is, what can I store in them? [more inside]
Do you have any suggestions for a group of graduate students doing Valentine's Day boxes at our desks at school (like we did for our elementary school Valentine's Day parties)? I need help with both box design, as well as suggestions for the Valentines themselves! [more inside]
Could anyone recommend a website where I can order a (very) small run of (relatively) inexpensive custom printed storage or portfolio boxes? Or, alternatively, could you help me concoct a long lasting, elegant, DIY alternative to custom printed boxes? [more inside]
I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack
my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
What would the going rate be for paying someone in the north-eastern U.S. (not Boston or New York) to move your already packed apartment (including heavy appliances and furniture) into storage? [more inside]
Every time we travel as a family we have a pile of suitcases. I think I need some old fashioned hard-sided rectangular suitcases which
- are light;
- stack nicely;
- have a handle;
- won't come open in flight or be destroyed by TSA guys.
Are these still made? If not, can anyone suggest an alternative? Bonus points if I can buy them in Australia.
I am looking for the perfect boxes to store receipts. I really like these
, but I am not in the market to order 1000 pieces and I cannot find an office supply company that sells something similar. [more inside]
I feel overwhelmed, maybe because I am down with a bad cold, so I am hoping you can tell me how to get three bookshelves of books from CA to NYC. Constraints: cheaper is better, heavier is worse, and being home to get the packages is a serious challenge. Should I be shipping them in dozens of little boxes? Is there a better way? How am I ever going to get my collection out of my parents' basement and into my apartment? Like an adult? Move ALL the books? Cough cough help.
How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
I have a document in MS Word 2007 that includes a bunch of Mathtype (ver 6.7a) equations both inline and numbered. There are certain sections of text in my document that are magically changing from regular Times New Roman to a series of boxes (). A random number of the boxes have what appears to be a period directly underneath it. I can delete all the boxes and re-type in the text and references but after I save and close the document, when I open it back up, the boxes will be back in the same general area of the document but not necessarily exactly the same amount of text changed. [more inside]
My workplace seems to deal with storage in a way that is unsafe: we have boxes stacked to the ceiling (one box on top of the other, not layered like brick) along several walls and shallow crates and flat boxes stacked to the ceiling in an area at least 6' on each side without any sort of support other than the containers everything is in. Is this normal for stockrooms and warehouses? If not, how can I do something about it? [more inside]
I need to order cardboard boxes for shipping products. Approximately 24″x20″x10″. They need to have my company's logo printed on them in black ink. They should be a basic brown box. We'd need 500 or 1000 at a time, probably.
I see that there's quite a few places to order them online — BoxGeek, CustomerBoxes Now, etc — with varying prices. Ordering through them without a recommendation would be somewhat of a crapshoot, though.
Does anyone have a good recommendation of a company they've worked with before? The size of the box isn't set in stone — if it's cheaper to go with a similar but different size, that's OK.
I'm looking for a variant on an old computer game that my mum can't play any more [more inside]
What's the trick to flattening cardboard boxes of varying sizes/thicknesses and bundling them together with twine? I handle the recycling for my building, and I can't figure out how to manage the boxes most efficiently. [more inside]
Where can I find cardboard boxes of the kind used for chocolate truffles, in New York City, today? [more inside]
Why do cats love boxes and sinks? [more inside]
I need some shipping boxes for larger items. Unfortunately I only need one or two, so it doesn't make sense to buy from Uline. And the freebies from the grocery/liquor store aren't appropriate. Is there a more affordable vendor than an office supply or specialty shipping store for this stuff? Thanks!
What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
Where can I find these blank game boxes in the US? [more inside]
What potato varieties are suitable for growing in potato towers? [more inside]
What's a good source of some kind of boxes for carting around large numbers of CDs (1000+) in their jewel cases
? [more inside]
Help me find a good box to transport a projector, laptop, cables and power cords in, preferably with wheels etc. [more inside]
Help, Our cats are ruining our new house [more inside]
It's almost time to pack up and move. The sites
selling cardboard moving box kits charge an arm and a leg. Is there an online alternative -- a Monoprice
of the cardboard box market, perhaps?
Help me make some paper boxes [more inside]
CatFilter: Help! One of my male cats has FLUTD/FUS and I'm at my wits end try to deal with it. [more inside]
Comic and card boxes seem to get listed cheaply, then have absurd shipping charges. I could use shoe boxes, shipping boxes, office boxes, whatever - I just want to know how to get them cheaply. [more inside]
Where can I find a box to ship a big keyboard
? [more inside]
Help me find exemplary packaging. [more inside]
I'm having great difficulty finding a supplier of boxes and packing materials in the Netherlands that doesn't require buying in bulk [more inside]
This is my first real (cross-country) move. What are your best packing/moving strategies that I should adhere to? [more inside]
My shoebox is too small. I'm looking for a box, somewhat larger than the ubiquitous plastic shoebox, and taller, with a separate removable tray. I need to expand the number of supplies in my first aid box, but the resident FA assistant prefers a single layer of stuff in a box, rather than a multi-pocketed bag or a multi-layered box. I've seen toolboxes that are kind of what I want, but they'd get mixed up with the actual toolboxes that also get packed. The two-layer toiletries/makeup boxes I've seen are too small. I've poked around The Container Store's website, but didn't find anything useful. Any ideas?
What music played during the Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
documentary? [more inside]
I'm looking for a storage solution that is essentially a wall of cubbyholes with matching plastic storage tubs/bins that fit snugly and slide in said holes and sit flush with the front of the unit. [more inside]
East Bay, Californiafilter: so, we have these cardboard boxes. We need them to go away forever. [more inside]
I live in Brooklyn, and I'm moving. I need boxes! The usual liquor store route is failing me, utterly. Grocery boxes always seem wet and/or greasy. Anyone know any great secrets, or the best places to buy cardboard in bulk? [more inside]
I want to know how to make my own boxes. [more inside]
Due to my life as a secret agent, I constantly move house. Futon, possessions, toiletries, books, clothes, my entire life. Living out of boxes sucks, and moving loose unboxed items just sucks
. Are there any fancy systems, boxes, thingamajigs that can help? [more inside]