I have many cardboard boxes of odd sizes for my two computer monitors, speakers, laptop, coffee maker, steamer, sampler, printer etc. because I usually move every year and like to keep the packaging so that my stuff has less of a chance of breaking during moving. Are there any uses that don't damage the integrity of the box, or any good way to keep them organized and out of the way? They just continue to fall out of my closet and can never seem to stay put. I plan to live in apartments until I have enough money saved to buy a house in cash so I won't have a basement, spare room, or that kind of storage place for a long time. Also, I have kept all of the packaging like styrofoam and cardboard inserts because it keeps the appliances more secure during moves.


4 Answers 4


If they are empty, Smaller boxes into bigger boxes, this way you can save a lot of room. Just stack as much as possible. Depending on how many boxes of different sizes you have you might end up with 2 instead of 6.

  • I use this method too. My desktop case contains all the boxes for the CPU/GPU/power/etc. I also use this technique to store all my manuals together. Works like a charm and saves on storage space.
    – CustomX
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 14:38
  • The OP said they are not empty.
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 3:17
  • No he did not? Quote the line.
    – s3v3ns
    Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 7:31
  • "Also, I have kept all of the packaging like styrofoam and cardboard inserts because it keeps the appliances more secure during moves." Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 13:09
  • I saw that, but you it won't take all the room in the box obviously.
    – s3v3ns
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 7:25

Arrange them in a large cube and use strips of duct tape or packaging tape to keep them together. Using plastic wrap around the cube is even better, but make sure you have enough!

  • 2
    Plastic wrap is even better. It's what they use to ship pallets of loose boxes. Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 2:48

Unless you have kept all of the packaging with the boxes, such as styrofoam inserts and other such pieces to keep your stuff completely immobile, there is no good reason to keep the boxes. Go to your local grocery store and ask for boxes. If you go to a big store like Walmart at night and talk with a stocker, they get rid of hundreds of boxes a night and are usually totally willing to give them to you.

  • unfortunately, i have kept all the styrofoam because it keeps the appliances secure when being moved...great suggestion though!
    – celeriko
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 16:33

If it is possible to open the upper part of the box and the bottom without damaging the box, then you can fold the box and make it flat. When you need the box unfold and close the bottom and the upper part. The styrofoam you can put in some of the other boxes. This way you will not reduce the volume of all the boxes but only a part of them. The overall result will be decreased volume of some of the boxes.

You can get rid of the styrofoam for some of the appliances which are more durable and for which is possible the protect them using "bubble wrap" and old newspapers.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.