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Issue 7, August 08, 2019.

Moving can often present a true logistical nightmare. This is particularly true if you’re doing it for the first time. Another tricky circumstance could be having a lot of belongings you want to take with you. Not only do you have to set up your new home, but you also have to pack all of your things up. Then you need to find the right moving company that will take your stuff to its final destination. Even the simplest things like how to estimate the amount of boxes you will need for your move can blindside you. Luckily, there are easy ways to figure this out that will help you smoothly organize your move.

Finding the right movers

Estimating the number of boxes you need to move can be tricky, but it’s only a small piece of a much larger puzzle. Most moving companies have websites that make getting your moving costs estimate online easy. Knowing how much your move is likely to cost you is an essential starting point. Experts suggest contacting several moving companies and asking for their estimates.

Once you have pertinent information from different sources, it will be much easier for you to make the right decision. Many movers like wolleymovers.com offer packing services as well, but that is not true of all moving companies. Depending on your budget and personal preferences, you might want this done by professionals as well. However, many people opt for packing up for their move on their own.

Lots of people opt for hiring movers to tackle packing for them as well as transport.

 

Packing materials

While boxes are the easiest way to pack and transport most of one’s belongings, bear in mind that they are not the only packing supplies you will need for your move. Besides cardboard boxes, you will want to make some additional purchases of packing materials. Think different wrapping materials and tape of different sizes. Even something like old newspapers can be used to wrap certain fragile things. This works really well with things like kitchenware. Wrap your bowls in newspaper before placing them in the boxes and they are likely not to break. Some of your belongings you can even wrap in things you’re taking with you anyway, like bathroom or kitchen towels.

Make sure to wrap your fragile belongings into packing paper or newspaper before placing them in their box.

How to estimate the amount of boxes you will need for your move?

Space

The first thing you need to do when estimating the number of boxes you need to move is to consider your space. Take into account the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you have. Then add the kitchen, dining room and living room, if they apply. You also shouldn’t forget to factor in your garage, attic or basement, if you have any of those. You can easily find a moving calculator online that might be able to give you a basic idea of how many boxes you’ll need. Most of these calculators are centered around the number of bedrooms. What might be a bit more relevant than the number of rooms is actually the square footage of the home you’re leaving.

Consider the number of your belongings room by room in order to calculate how many boxes you will need.

 

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle might also seem like an obvious thing to consider. Obviously, a person who favors minimalism will have fewer things to pack than the person living a more hoarder-leaning life, even if they do have more rooms. Many a packing calculator and moving box calculator online account for this. Even if you don’t use one of those, you know your home and yourself best. If you’re moving with your whole family, take into account your family members as well. You might not all have the same attitude towards your possessions.

In addition to your general preferences, consider the amount of time you have lived in your home. The longer it is, the more things you will have accumulated, regardless of the kind of lifestyle you enjoy. The number of things will not be the same for all rooms either. Places like your garage or attic will contain the most things you might decide not to take with you after all.

De-cluttering

On a related note, if you’re not exactly a minimalist when it comes to interior design and life in general, it might be a good idea to go through your belongings with a discerning and ruthless eye. This presupposes that you are not in a rush to move. If you have time, definitely try to do this, as it will be beneficial for various different reasons. Firstly, it might actually help you save money. You’ll need fewer packing supplies and the move itself will be cheaper. If you decide to do this, make sure you do it before you go to moving companies for their estimates. Secondly, it will give you a fresh start in your new home. You will arrive unencumbered by years’ worth of belongings you might not actually need.

How many boxes do you need?

As mentioned above, the amount of boxes you will need for your move is entirely dependent on how much stuff you’re taking with you. You will need different sized boxes for different belongings. There are even specialized boxes for things like books or clothing that are made with those particular items in mind. Generally speaking, you will need somewhere between 8 and 10 small boxes, 6 to 8 medium boxes and about 5 large boxes to pack up the items contained in one room. Once you actually start getting down to it and pack up one room, it will give you a much more realistic idea of how many boxes you will need to pack up the contents of your entire home. After you have moved, there are plenty of ways to recycle or reuse your packing supplies so nothing is wasted.


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