I moved this past week and while the whole process was understandably stressful, the thing that I found most frustrating was moving my books. Beside clothing, most of the things I own are books so packing swiftly became an issue. You can’t pack too many books in one box or it will be impossible to lift. You also can’t pack too many in one box or the box might break. You can’t pack books in too big a box or, again, you won’t be able to lift it. And, of course, books come in all shapes and sizes so finding a box that magically is small enough so it won’t get too heavy whilst also being able to fit your atlas is something of a challenge.
So at the moment I’m very much wishing that someone would invent a good way to transport books that does not involve cardboard boxes which a) do not hold enough books, b) may break if you put too many in them, and c) get way too heavy if you overload them. You’d think someone over the centuries would have already developed this technology, but apparently the bookish hoards have not been vociferous enough in their complaints on this front.
Therefore, I’m taking to the internet in a plea for a better way to move books. Presumably with our collective brains we can come up with something. What do you think? Revert to steamer trunks and servants? Sturdier cardboard boxes? There must be a better way!