Everyone knows how tiring moving stuff about in boxes can be - so take a few seconds to relax and find out to let your body take the strain without causing any injuries.
First tip is don't let the box size lull you in to a false sense of security.
Generally, if the boxes are packed correctly, the smaller the box, the heavier it is.
Just to make sure, always test the weight before you pick up a packed box.
Here are some more do's and don'ts for lifting boxes:
- Don't try and be Mr Lift the box moving superhero - easy does it and one at a time because boxes will slip off each other if you lift more than one together and try to carry them up and down stairs
- Do not lift a box that is too heavy - get some help
- Think of your back - bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting - not the other way round.
- Shouldering a box is not a good way to lift - you can hurt yourself and someone standing nearby if you drop the package.
- Try lifting boxes by holding a top corner away from your body and a bottom corner near to your body
- If you have sack truck or trolley use it - if not they are relatively cheap from a DIY or cash-and-carry and save a lot of wear and tear on those muscles.
- Rent a van with a tail lift to make lifting really easy
- Work gloves will stop boxes slipping from your hands and save on cuts and bruises
- Take your time packing - it's not a race and generally setting a comfortable pace will see you through the day rather than starting at a sprint.
- Have some extra packing tape and boxes in reserve. If a box splits, you can tape it up or if it is too heavy, split the contents between two boxes.