Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

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Movers hired? Check.

Moving day scheduled? Check.

Packed? Um…

If your answer to this question is no, it’s probably because you’re overwhelmed by looking around at all the stuff in your home. One of the most common moving questions is: “How many boxes will I need?” Once you know the answer, it helps “move” along the packing process.

So, how do you know how many boxes to buy? We have found a handy graph to give you an estimate of how many boxes you’ll need based on the size of your home:

Calculating how many boxes you need in advance, saves you time and money; avoid running out multiple times to get more boxes or spending money on boxes you don’t need. General Rule of Thumb: The longer you have lived in your home, the more stuff you will have accumulated. You know if you’re a pack rat, now’s the time to own it.

If you have lived in your home for more than 5 years or are just NOT a less-is-more type of a person, buy the higher number of boxes for your move.

Also, check with your moving company to see if they buy back unused boxes or will give you a discount on used boxes. And be sure to check on long distance options using a moving company resource like this. Some moving companies will do both! Check with the movers first, and then stock up!

Having the right packing supplies and techniques will assist you in getting your treasures all in one piece to your new home. For more packing and moving box & supplies tips (including how to pack videos) visit here.

Happy Packing! This is one time you don’t want to say: “I crushed it!”

Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.   www.northstarmoving.com