A One-Box Moving Trick


Ok, maybe the title is a little on the misleading side. I would never claim to be able to fit all my belongings in one box. But there is something you can do with one solitary box which will make your life a little bit easier. To begin, I recently moved (for what feels like the millionth time) and realized that it’s important to do some planning ahead. I normally like to take things as they come and just go with the flow. However, some things require some forward thinking from time to time.

The one box thing is this: Create your ideal box of items you will need the day you arrive at your new apartment. These are the items which normally you may pack up with the other items in the room they are normally found in. But really what should happen here is to collect items from each room which you will need your first night / morning in your new place. The reason being, if you pack them up with everything else then you have to struggle to find these items in a mountain of boxes at a point which you’re already exhausted.

I had this realization when I woke up on my first morning in my new spot and there was no coffee pot (timed and set the night before) brewing. Tragedy struck. So it’s helpful to make a list of the things you might need in order to avoid such catastrophes, like going to school or work uncaffeinated.

Here are some items you may want to consider throwing in your One Box:

  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Phone Charger
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Towel
  • Coffee maker and coffee
  • Non perishable food and snacks
  • A small set of tools
  • Several cooking utensils and dishes (enough for one meal)
  • A book to read (if you’re like me)
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