Packing for a move takes time and lots of materials. Most people underestimate the number of boxes they will need. An average 1,500 sq. ft home will take between 40-60 boxes. If you are someone who never throws anything out, then add at least 30% more boxes.

It is difficult to get free boxes these days, so most people purchase their packing supplies from their moving company, a moving supplies depot or a big box store like Home Depot.

A rule of thumb in packing is to pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in large boxes. No box should weigh more than 50-60 lbs (27 kilos) when packed. Remember, someone must be able to lift it safely!

Here are some move planning guidelines to follow for packing your home:

Kitchen & Dining Room

  • Canned and boxed food, small appliances – 2 cubic foot box
  • Larger appliances like toaster oven, food processor – 4 cubic foot box
  • Dishes, glassware – use strong, reinforced carboard cartons to handle the weight or purchase a china carton from the mover which is tri- walled for extra strength

Living Room & Office

  • Books, CDs, DVDs, albums– 2 cubic foot cartons
  • Files, magazines – 2 cubic foot cartons
  • Computers, laptops, printers – 2 and 4 cubic foot cartons. If you still have the original purchase cartons that is always the best option
  • Pictures, prints, mirrors – wrap in paper first then with bubble wrap. We recommend purchasing mirror cartons from your mover which are available in small and large sizes
  • Lampshades – 4 cubic foot cartons with lots of paper and cushioning
  • TV’s – pack in the original purchase carton if possible. If not, purchase a TV carton from your mover which is size adjustable


  • Toiletries – 2 cubic foot carton
  • Shower curtain, towels, bathmats – 4 or 5 cubic foot cartons


  • Linens/bed pillows – 4, 5 or 6 cubic foot cartons
  • Clothing – plastic totes, 4 or 5 cubic foot cartons or wardrobe containers so you can hang your clothes directly from the wardrobe container to your closet

Plastic Totes

These are great for items that you will not need right away like out of season shoes, boots and clothes or seasonal decorations. Ensure heavier items are packed in strong, sturdy totes and always tape the lids closed.

Finally, we always recommend purchasing good packing tape and Kraft paper. This is a thicker newsprint material that has no black ink, so dishes do not need to be washed after the move.

To purchase packing supplies, get more move planning tips or to get a quote on your move, contact Premiere Van Lines at 1-877-671-6683.