Moving is the perfect time to downsize your home. But after you host that garage sale and donate unwanted items, you still need to pack up the items you plan on keeping. If you’re like most people, deciding how many boxes you need to have on hand can be tough. After all, the last thing you want to do is be unprepared when the moving company arrives. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding how many boxes to stock up on.
How Long Have You Lived in Your Home?
The longer you’ve lived in the same place, the more stuff you’ve probably accumulated. This means you’ll need more boxes to pack everything up safely and securely. Think about how many years you’ve lived in your house. Then consider how often you go through your stuff and get rid of items you no longer use. The longer it’s been, the more boxes and packing supplies you’ll want to pick up before you start packing.
How Many Rooms Do You Need to Pack Up?
The total number of boxes you’ll want to have on hand will largely depend on how many rooms you have in your house. More rooms mean the potential for more possessions. As a general rule, studio and one-bedroom apartments will use between 10 and 30 boxes. Two-bedroom homes and larger ones will need between 15 and 25 boxes for each room. It’s best to have more boxes than you need to help you avoid overloading each box.
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What Sizes Do You Need?
Boxes come in all shapes and sizes, from small book boxes to large appliance and wardrobe boxes. However, it might seem tempting to stock up on a few larger boxes to minimize the number you have to pack up, don’t. Overloading large boxes can make them almost impossible to move on and off the truck. The last thing you want to do is strain your back in the middle of a movie. Instead, consider purchasing more small boxes than larger ones. This will make moving easier both for you and your moving company.
Where Are You Moving?
When you’re moving across town, you can take multiple small loads in your car. The more loads you take, the fewer boxes you’ll need. If you have plastic storage totes, these can make containing those small loads easy. As a bonus, you can reuse them throughout the move to further decrease the number of boxes you’ll need. But if you’re moving out of state, you’ll want to purchase more boxes. Remember, if you can’t haul it yourself, it needs to survive the trip on a moving truck. Buying more boxes means more space to pad fragile items to reduce the risk of damage in transit.
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