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Back in NYC after years of working, now in need of organization help

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]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta on Aug 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Air Cargo E Container in Boston

Where can I find large and sturdy corrugated shipping boxes in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 answers

What's Small, Thin, and Heavy?

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?
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 3, 2014 - 30 answers

Where can I buy blank plastic boxes for electronic gizmo projects?

Where can I buy blank plastic boxes for electronic gizmo projects? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot on Mar 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Tips for breaking down boxes?

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).
posted by ManInSuit on Jan 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Boxes to pulp to boxes again, but what of the tape?

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?
posted by blnkfrnk on Dec 24, 2013 - 5 answers

What should I put in a meal in-a-box?

What meals-in-a-box should I send to my darling? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Nov 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Tiny Advent Gifts

I made my boyfriend an advent calendar for Christmas and I'm looking for tiny (but quality!) gifts to fill it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me make my own wall-mounted zine boxes

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]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 29, 2013 - 4 answers

please help: might I have lost everything I own?

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]
posted by starcrust on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

What Luck Have You Had With Subscription Boxes?

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]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jul 5, 2013 - 22 answers

I need a kind of gigantic quality of small, see-through plastic boxes.

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]
posted by NoraReed on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Thinking inside the large heart-shaped candy box?

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]
posted by tel3path on May 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Valentine's day boxes for adults in the workplace

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]
posted by joan cusack the second on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I order a small run of custom printed boxes?

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]
posted by cimton on Jul 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

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]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How much to move your stuff?

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]
posted by ennui.bz on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I get old-fashioned suitcases or something similar?

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
  1. are light;
  2. stack nicely;
  3. have a handle;
  4. 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.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Which boxes are perfect for storing receipts?

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]
posted by banished on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

The answer isn't in the books I guess.

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.
posted by prefpara on Dec 30, 2011 - 30 answers

All my Big Bang songs look the same!

How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Nov 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Microsoft Word replacing text at random

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]
posted by macfly on Oct 26, 2011 - 2 answers

stockroom safety issue

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]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Who do you order your custom printed cardboard boxes from?

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.
posted by defenestration on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

What games are like this one my mum can't play anymore?

I'm looking for a variant on an old computer game that my mum can't play any more [more inside]
posted by YAMWAK on Jul 16, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I bundle cardboard boxes most efficiently?

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]
posted by unknowncommand on Feb 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I get boxes for truffles, today?

Where can I find cardboard boxes of the kind used for chocolate truffles, in New York City, today? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Why do cats love boxes and sinks?

Why do cats love boxes and sinks? [more inside]
posted by jng on Dec 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Who else sells shipping boxes?

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!
posted by herrtodd on Dec 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me not have to jump through one more logistical hoop nightmare

What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Where have all the boxes gone?

Where can I find these blank game boxes in the US? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on May 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Tuber or not tuber?

What potato varieties are suitable for growing in potato towers? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 19, 2010 - 3 answers

I want boxes for my CDs

What's a good source of some kind of boxes for carting around large numbers of CDs (1000+) in their jewel cases? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Nov 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Pick a rolling hard case for transporting meeting IT hardware

Help me find a good box to transport a projector, laptop, cables and power cords in, preferably with wheels etc. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Jul 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Kittys no longer using litter boxes

Help, Our cats are ruining our new house [more inside]
posted by bmoster on Jun 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Why is cardboard so expensive?

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?
posted by nitsuj on Jun 6, 2009 - 18 answers

Creating printed paper boxes (cheap and easily)

Help me make some paper boxes [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Jun 4, 2009 - 10 answers

CatFilter: Help! One of my male cats has FLUTD/FUS and I'm at my wits end try to deal with it.

CatFilter: Help! One of my male cats has FLUTD/FUS and I'm at my wits end try to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Apr 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Where can I buy cheap boxes of multiple sizes?

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]
posted by krisak on Jan 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Where do I get a box for a big keyboard?

Where can I find a box to ship a big keyboard? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jan 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Thinking out of the box about boxes

Help me find exemplary packaging. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I buy boxes in the Netherlands?

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]
posted by MentokTheMindToker on Oct 16, 2008 - 1 answer

My God, I have a lot of crap.

This is my first real (cross-country) move. What are your best packing/moving strategies that I should adhere to? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Aug 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me help my friends. Keep my first aid box organized!

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?
posted by jlkr on Jul 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Music from Kubrick documentary.

What music played during the Stanley Kubrick's Boxes documentary? [more inside]
posted by rokabiri on Jul 16, 2008 - 3 answers

I need a storage shelf/unit with cubbyholes and matching storage tubs.

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]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 12, 2008 - 9 answers

We have boxes.

East Bay, Californiafilter: so, we have these cardboard boxes. We need them to go away forever. [more inside]
posted by hototogisu on Apr 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Little boxes, little boxes...

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]
posted by nevercalm on Apr 2, 2008 - 29 answers

Box me in.

I want to know how to make my own boxes. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 22, 2007 - 10 answers

I suppose I could live out of gigantic Tupperware containers, but...

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]
posted by Xere on Sep 1, 2007 - 25 answers

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