How Many Boxes Do You Need?

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.

Want a professional opinion on how many boxes you’ll need? Schedule a free moving estimate with our experienced team. And if you want help packing up your home, we’re proud to offer professional packing services. We’ll make sure your belongings get where they need to go safely.

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Joe V
Joe V

Joe has been working as a mover since 1997. He is a moving expert that loves to advise and share his knowledge with others. Contact Eden's Moving and ask Joe any moving-related questions you have.

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Vince Ortiz
Vince Ortiz
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These guys were great. Very careful with my furniture and they were quick. Not one ding on the walls either. I highly recommend them. I will be using them again in the future.
Tanner Goodwin
Tanner Goodwin
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I don't know what to say other than thanks Eden's! They helped me move twice now and both were smooth as you can expect a move to be. A broken cup or two but what do you expect, they moved my stuff across state lines and I have broken more moving myself, that is just part of the process. They were great about going over the coverage options too to ensure I was covered for any damages. Always get insurance for a move! Thanks again Eden's, I will recommend you to anyone!
sue tunner
sue tunner
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The movers showed up on time, and did an amazing job dealing with some very difficult pieces of furniture. They moved things that I thought would be impossible to move. They worked hard and fast and were very careful with my walls nothing was scratched. Good work! Thanks!!
Sonic HealingCO
Sonic HealingCO
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The movers showed up on time, and did an amazing job dealing with some very difficult pieces of furniture. They moved things that I thought would be impossible to move. They worked hard and fast and were very careful with my walls nothing was scratched. Good work! Thanks!!
sheina bernard
sheina bernard
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Awesome movers! From beginning to end it was a pleasure to work with polite, friendly and professional group of people. Our sales rep did an outstanding job. our movers and packers (as you can see in the pictures) did a remarkable job and their storage did also a great job since we got our staff without any damage. I will most definitely recommend you to everyone I know! Thank you so so much and keep up the good work!
Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson
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Eden's Moving was one of the best moving experiences I've ever had with a moving company, the movers were timely, professional, hard working, considerate, and knowledgeable. Dawn the scheduler and front office personnel was outstanding with her professionalism and communication. I highly recommend Eden's Moving to anyone seeking movers they will not let you down!
Rachel Cheng
Rachel Cheng
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Thomas, Isaias, and Enrrque did a fantastic job helping us move to a new apartment and the move is really professional. Great service and would definitely recommend it!
Rachel Cheng
Rachel Cheng
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Thomas, Isaias, and Enrrque did a fantastic job helping us move to a new apartment and the move is really professional. Great service and would definitely recommend it!
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Nil taragon
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Highly recommended movers! We hired Edens movers for a local move in Lakewood CO and they did an outstanding job. The movers were professional and friendly and the entire move went smoothly without any trouble. From the start they were organized and clear and the price was more than fair. Thank you for your great job!
Nil taragon
Nil taragon
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Best prices and great to work with. You have to wait a little bit longer for your stuff but they were very upfront about the time frame, gave us a range, and called a few days ahead of time. Our move was difficult because our stuff was in storage (we had already moved and due to another moving company dropping the ball we could not get back to finalize boxing everything up). They did a great job once they arrived organizing our stuff in storage carefully. I would highly recommend.
Kevin Spina
Kevin Spina
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Save yourself the time and trouble of trying to do it yourself or hiring questionable movers - I fully recommend Eden's Moving Services to anyone who needs professional moving services! I used their long distance moving service, their storage service and their packing services and they did a great job. The teams where very professional and the entire move process was perfect.
Julia Johns
Julia Johns
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On time, and worked well with all my new HOA rules for the move in. Worked through a blizzard for us! No damage to anything. Worked quickly & efficiently. Thomas, Alfredo and Baluino are an excellent team! Would highly recommend!
David Mink-Rover
David Mink-Rover
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My household has used Edens four times now with perfect results. The moved a massive Piano off the second floor – safe and quick. I hired them again with my recent long-distance move. The crew showed up on time, they were quick and careful with my stuff, and they made sure everything got placed where I'd need it.. Great experience once again. Will definitely use them again. extremely recommended.
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