How Many Boxes Will I Need When I Move?

Calculating how many boxes you need in advance saves you time and money.

Guest Post by NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm

Movers hired? Check. Moving day scheduled? Check. Packed? Um… If your answer to this question is no, it’s probably because you’re overwhelmed by looking around at all the stuff in your home. One of the most common moving questions is: “How many boxes will I need?” Once you know the answer, it helps “move” along the packing process.

So, how do you know how many boxes to buy? We have created a handy graph to give you an estimate of how many boxes you’ll need based on the size of your home:

Moving Boxes Calculation

Calculating how many boxes you need in advance, saves you time and money; avoid running out multiple times to get more boxes or spending money on boxes you don’t need. General Rule of Thumb: The longer you have lived in your home, the more stuff you will have accumulated. You know if you’re a pack rat, now’s the time to own it. If you have lived in your home for more than 5 years or are just NOT a less-is-more type of a person, buy the higher number of boxes for your move. Also, check with your moving company to see if they buy back unused boxes or will give you a discount on used boxes. Some moving companies will do both! Check with the movers first, and then stock up!

Having the right packing supplies and techniques will assist you in getting your treasures all in one piece to your new home. For more packing and moving box & supplies tips (including how to pack videos) visit: Happy Packing!

Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.


Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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  1. Frank Dolski
    November 21, 2015

    Lindsay, great information as it can be stressful when moving and we sure do accumulate a tone of stuff over the years. As an Associate Broker/Realtor, I encourage my clients to look at companies like “Box-It” located in Doylestown, PA for reused boxes. The are essentially almost new and they will calculate the amount of boxes that you need free of charge. A better method that I use is paying it forward by asking buyers to give sellers that I work with all of there boxes as they will only have to pay to get them reused. From an environmental perspective, this makes sense as well. I find it a win-win for all parties.

  2. JoieSheehy722
    December 2, 2015

    You can certainly see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  3. Luke Smith
    March 7, 2017

    Your comment about how the longer you have lived in your home the more stuff you will have accumulated made a lot of sense. I would think that many people don’t bother factoring tin their amount of time in a house when they are planning to buy supplies for a move. it would make sense to me to get a quote from a packaging supply retailer of some sort too, since they would most likely have a good idea of how to estimate these things.

    June 17, 2017

    Thanks for posting about moving boxes. Moving Boxes are for the safe transportation of delicate artifacts without any mishap and incident, even over the most challenging road conditions.

  5. Mark
    July 28, 2017

    This is a great graph, thank you very much!


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