You’re moving and you’re ready to pack - awesome! But before you get started you have to answer a pretty tricky question - “how many boxes do I need?” This post is a little essay on one of the most common questions around moving. Firstly, we have to say that it’s really, really hard to know how much stuff you have without visiting your actual home and walking through every room with you. Estimating is more like an art than a science. And we will say that it is human nature to underestimate just how many boxes you need. The following should give you a better idea of what you need so that you only buy or rent once, rather than wasting time on multiple trips/deliveries.
There’s no better way to estimate than to have a professional mover visit your actual home. They’re happy to do this for larger jobs, but often can’t visit the smaller ones. In either case, movers are a great resource for helping you get a custom estimate on the number of boxes - even over the phone. We’re happy to refer you to trustworthy, reliable movers (link).
Boxes come in many sizes, but to keep it simple, we’ll talk in terms of three very common sizes:
Also, we highly recommend renting reusable boxes from FROGBOX or someone similar. This takes a lot of stress out of the move. Sturdy, stackable boxes are delivered right to your home - ready to go. They save you time and reduce the environmental impact of your move. They’re typically put together in bundles by number of bedrooms, which is also how some cardboard retailers will sell their boxes too. Bundles - great! But they aren’t one size fits all. Read on.
We think the best way to understand is to walk through a few examples based on these three equally important factors:
Generally it’s kind of linear: more space > more stuff > more boxes, but our 2nd and 3rd factors, “people” and “relative amount of stuff”, are just as important as size.
Size of home - varies greatly. Here’s some guidelines:
Number of people is just as important as the number of bedrooms. Here’s some examples:
Relative amount of stuff. This is the x-factor. Are you a minimalist or a collector? We all have different relationships to stuff. The more hobbies, activities, interests you have the more stuff you’re likely to have. Some people hold on to every birthday card they’ve ever received. Others don’t even keep the presents. Embrace your stuff and get honest. Think about your relative amount of stuff by room. Break it down:
After surveying your stuff, decide which end of the stuff-spectrum you’re on, then look to the examples above in size of house and number of people to help you decide what you’ll need.
Hopefully this helps you to better understand how many boxes you need. Got more questions or suggestions? Please send us a message or comment.
Thanks for reading! Here’s to happy moving!