Moving & Removals

Having trouble deciding how many storage boxes you’ll need for your next move?

Apart from your larger items like furniture and appliances, the rest of your things need to be packed in storage boxes. Whether you are thinking of renting boxes, hiring professional packers in London to do the job for you, borrowing storage boxes from friends or buying them new, you need to know how many storage boxes you will need to fit all of your belongings.

This is a common question we get at South London Movers so we’ve put together this guide to help you determine the number of storage boxes you’ll require.

how many boxes do I need to move

For an average sized move, most families require 60 boxes of varying sizes. That said, every move is different, and how many storage boxes you will need will depend on a variety of factors.

While there is no exact science to determining a magic number, there are some important tips that will help you get a better idea on how to determine the number of boxes you will need.

How Many Boxes Do I Need to Move? Six Determining Factors:

1. Number of rooms

The more rooms you have, the more storage boxes you will need. The type of room also affects the amount of boxes you will need. For example, the average bathroom will require less packing than the average kitchen. Bedrooms usually require the most packing as they include furniture, personal items and clothes.

2. Number of people

A home with a family will need more packing boxes than one with a single person. The bonus: you have free help.

3. Number of years spent living in the home

More years spent in a home generally means more stuff. If you’ve been living in your current home for a decade, you may need more storage boxes and preparation time pre-move than someone who has been living in their home for a year.

4. Square footage

A larger home will usually have more items, making square footage an important, if not the most important factor in determining how many packing boxes you’ll need.

5. Lifestyle

It is important to identify what kind of lifestyle and home you have before you start packing. You may be a sentimentalist, which means you have a hard time of letting go of things. This means you end up with a lot of stuff because it has value to you and as such, you will need more storage boxes.

On the other hand, you might identify as a minimalist. Minimalists generally only have what they need/use regularly so will require a significantly lower number of storage boxes when packing their home.

6. Level of pre-move decluttering

If you haven’t already, you might want to consider a pre-move decluttering. This can save you a lot of time and money in box purchases and rentals. Make sure to set some time aside, well before the move, to give away, recycle, sell, or donate things you no longer need.

For more tips on de-cluttering & sorting items before your home removal, check out our article on green moving.

Storage Boxes Sizes & Use

holding moving boxes

First things first, it is important to get familiar with the different sizes of packing boxes on the market, and what types of things they are designed to hold. Underpacking a box is a waste of space (and therefore money) and can also lead to damaged items that have moved during the transit. Overpacking can lead to storage boxes splitting leaving your things broken or damaged.

Below is a chart with some of the most popular industry standard box sizes as well as the most commonly used specialty boxes, their dimensions, and the items that they are designed to hold:

Moving Box Types & Sizing Chart

You may also want to consider investing in some sturdy plastic boxes. The sky really is the limit here as they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. They double as the perfect storage container (think winter clothes or tools) and will come in handy for your next move. If you are planning on renting a storage unit as well, some removal companies will not only help you move to your new home, but will also move your extra items into storage free of charge. Check it out here.

If you’re not hiring a removal company but still need affordable and reliable storage options, check with our team. If the South of England service area is a better fit, try We Pack & Store. They offer free collection and great rates.

Now, let’s find your ideal packing box number.

Storage Boxes for Moving House Based On Home Type

A lot of moving experts claim that the most accurate way to calculate the number of storage boxes you will need to pack is to use the square footage of your home.

Below you will find a rough estimate of the number of cardboard moving boxes you will need based on your home’s square footage and whether you identify as a minimalist or sentimentalist.

Number Of Boxes Needed For Moving

Packing boxes isn’t the most fun part of moving, but it is essential. With this guide and a little organization, you are on your way to being able to determine how many storage boxes you will need for a less stressful packing process and successful moving day. Happy packing!

Here at South London Movers, we offer packing services with the highest quality materials to ensure safe transit of your items. For more information about the services we offer, get in touch with us today – contact our team.

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