DIY Moving: Packing

Here’s the latest news from Homemade Frontier Headquarters – We’re moving!  In, uhm, 11 days.

On the upside we packed a lot when we listed the house. On the downside we are freakin’ moving in 11 days!

While I crave the simplicity of going the moving supply store and picking up conveniently sized boxes, I am not in favour of immediately recycling brand new only used once boxes. Not to mention the huge expense of paying for boxes.

So instead I’ve jumped on board the DIY moving train and scrounged all over town for free boxes. So far it’s worked out great.

If you are in the market for boxes here’s what I’ve learned –

  • Ask on Facebook and Twitter. Friends have good ideas about where to look locally.
  • Visit the liquor and grocery stores. Buying liquor and groceries helps, in many ways.
  • Make friends with people who’ve recently moved and offer to take boxes off their hands.
  • Be prepared to leave your phone number and to make multiple visits to pick up boxes.
Almost everyone I’ve asked for boxes was totally supportive and went out of their way to help me out. It’s encouraging to know that there’s good folks willing to put in an extra few minutes of work to help out.
Once the kids and I had been all over town on our box finding missions it was time to fill all the boxes.

I used newspaper, table linens, towels and sheets to pack the breakables. I believe there might be a box in the kid’s room that is entirely filled with paper from the shredder. It’s important to bring your shredded sensitive documents to the new house. And it’s also important to let the kids help.


I am very much in favour of the moving rule to throw out or donate what you don’t need before you send it to the new house.  I might be the only one in my family who does but because I am the Team Leader of packing I get to be the boss.

The next step is themove. We’ve got a truck, cause it’s a DIY move. We could use some help though.

Anyone available over the Labour Day weekend willing to do a little labour? I promise that you’ll be well fed and well caffeinated. Hello? Anyone?











  1. ha! If I was closer to you I might bring you a coffee and fill my van. Easy for me to offer 7 hours away isn’t it ;). I hope the move goes well, I can’t wait to hear about the new digs!

  2. I’m all for not moving stuff you don’t use anymore. And free boxes. Also, I’m busy that weekend. :)

  3. I so wish I could help. I would even BYOB :) Coffee of course! There is light at the end of the tunnel and it will be so worth it.

  4. I’m sure the 3 day drive excuses me as well. But I will be with you in spirit. Having had to pack up a house on (pretty much) my own, I totally agree with looking at everything with a fresh look of ‘do I really want to lug this across country?’. Time and manpower wasn’t on my side when I made the move and a lot of unnecessary things came with me. I look at things in my house now and know that they are not making the cut next time! In fact, I’m slowly starting to get rid of things now in anticipation.
    Good luck my friend. Stay positive and caffeinated!

  5. I’m mostly packing on my own too, Ken’s thesis is due in 3 weeks. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff that I will be shaking my head over while I unpack. And who knows what the kids have packed?

    So ready to get this moving business behind me.

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