Congratulations, you’ve sold your home and now you have an upcoming move. You are probably excited and nervous all at the same time. A DIY move can save you money and allow you to work at your own pace, but it also means that you are more at risk for injury, especially from lifting heavy boxes and furniture. We all know that moving means boxes, so it is almost impossible to avoid them unless you want to move your items one piece at a time.
If you are preparing to move yourself, you want to take a step back and make sure that you know how to properly lift a box before the big day comes. Often, people think that lifting boxes is no big deal until they have to call off work because their back is thrown out or their muscles are too sore.
Below, you will find helpful tips to make moving easier and how to properly lift boxes to avoid injuries during your move. If you are unsure of whether you can do the move on your own, consider hiring movers to help you out.
Know the Box and Its Contents
You do not want to blindly go into a lifting game with a box because that is one way to quickly injure yourself. Before you lift any type of box, you should test the box’s weight and get a good look at the size and shape of the box.
To test the weight of the box, bend down and lift part of the box off the ground. This will give you an idea of how heavy it is. If you find that you cannot lift any part of the box on your own or it is difficult, you will need assistance.
Have the Right Clothing On
While clothing might not seem to make a difference during your move, it does. You should wear appropriate clothing for moving, which includes comfortable but not too tight or too baggy clothing. You do not want your clothes to flow freely when you bend over as they may become stuck on the box you are trying to move.
Also, your clothes should be comfortable for you to bend and stand in repeatedly. You also want to make sure that you have comfortable shoes on with a grip on the bottom to prevent slipping.
Get Ready to Lift the Box
Now it is time for you to lift the box.
To do this, you want to make sure that you stand facing the box you are going to lift. Your feet and shoulders should line up with one another. You do not want your feet to be too close together or too far apart from one another as this only increases your chances of an injury.
Once you are in position, you should bend down at your knees into a squat. You do NOT want to hunch over at the waist. Keep your back as straight as you can as you squat down and grip the box comfortably at the two corners on opposite sides.
When you have a firm grip on the box, start to stand up using the strength in your knees. You do not want to bend your back during the stand-up process. As you stand up, keep the box towards the centre of your chest.
Once you have stood up, you can load the box on the moving truck without hesitation. Repeat the same steps for all boxes.
Some final thoughts that will help save your back and make your move easier.
If you test the weight of your box and it seems too heavy, remove some items from it. You are better off moving two boxes that are light, than one box that will injure you for the rest of the move.
When you are packing up your box, place the heaviest items on the bottom. This is important because the heavier items on top will crush or ruin the items below. Also, the box holds more rigidity when the heavier items are on the bottom.
Make sure the weight within the box is distributed evenly. If you back all the heavy items on one side of the box, it will be lopsided and be more difficult to carry.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Ask a friend or family member to help move the boxes or items that aren’t easily moved. It isn’t worth having chronic back issues or even worse, ending up in the hospital or surgery.
Never try to lift something that you feel is too heavy. This is a great tip and one that will serve you well in your move. If it feels too heavy, ask for help.