This blog is primarily for content of a pastoral or theological nature. But there is a piece of entirely secular wisdom so valuable, so hard-won from 12 moves in the span of 10 years, that I feel compelled to share it here. That piece of wisdom is this: when it comes to loading cardboard boxes, packing tape is your friend.
You are probably familiar with the classic over-under-box-top-foldy method of closing a cardboard box. Like this:
This method, unlike packing tape, is NOT your friend. You inevitably bend a piece of the cardboard, or you lose track of what goes under and what goes over and have to start all over again, and most importantly, you end up with a wobbly box. This is fine for a little box – although even with little boxes it makes them harder to stack – but it can spell disaster with a big heavy box. Woe betide the unsuspecting soul who picks up an overpacked over-under-foldy-closed box and attempts to carry it down the basement stairs. Behold:
So, there you have it – the most valuable piece of entirely mundane wisdom that I’m likely to share on this blog. Blogging on more spiritual subjects will resume shortly.