Moving. Ugh.

I moved in January.  I always find moving equal parts excitement and annoyance combined with a healthy amount of stress.  It’s not just the physical effort involved to relocate my things, moving also requires addresses to be updated, plus time spent going through everything.  I had already invested time and energy preparing my things in anticipation of moving, since I had desperately been wanting to move for months. In the weeks leading up to the move my ego was interested to see if the stress and annoyance would be reduced simply because I had already been preparing for months.  Plus, I aim to be a minimalist and I figured moving was the perfect time to put my methods to the test.

I rented reusable plastic tubs from a company named Frog Box.  They eliminated the time needed to assemble/disassemble cardboard boxes and waste.  I also hired movers for the steep 3-floor walkup.  My first hurdle was ordering the right number of tubs.  The orders came in three sizes: Minimalist, Regular, and Collector.  I wanted to order Minimalist and stand by my delusional beliefs about my habits, but I went with the Regular and added in two wardrobe boxes.  Time limit: Sat Jan 2 – Monday Jan 11, 9 days.


The 2-bedroom regular order: 35 large tubs, 5 small tubs, plus two additional wardrobe boxes.

The 2-bedroom regular order: 35 large tubs, 5 small tubs, plus two additional wardrobe boxes.


The packing went fairly smoothly.  I packed for a few hours each day.  Fortunately my mother flew in to help me for the last couple days before the move.  I was one step away from throwing things into tubs.  The tubs piled up.  Everywhere!  Despite my best efforts to stay organized, it seemed like there was always one more thing that needed to be packed.

One lonely shelf discovered unpacked minutes before the movers arrived!

One lonely shelf discovered unpacked minutes before the movers arrived!


Throughout the process I kept wondering “do I have a lot of stuff?”  I felt self-conscious that I needed almost 40 tubs to hold all my possessions, plus all the furniture and other bulky items stored separately.  However, many of the tubs only had a few things in them (e.g. food processor or blankets) and were easy to unpack.

Tubs in Progress

We only had 3 days to empty all the tubs so we had to move fast, even though some things didn’t have a proper home.  I noted the order in which I emptied the tubs to see if it would be the inverse of how I had packed them.  It wasn’t.

The move was annoying, but overall it did feel less stressful and less time consuming than previous times.

9 comments for “Moving. Ugh.

  1. Franca Gioia
    23 February 2016 at 08:07

    EXCELLENT!!!! Reusable and rentable tubs. This just made my pending move so much more exciting.

  2. Franca Gioia
    23 February 2016 at 08:10

    Wait….it looks like Frog Box doesn’t do NY. Wahhh.

  3. Anonymous
    23 February 2016 at 12:43

    How did you calculate that 40 boxes and 2 wardrobe boxes were enough for your belongings? Is the weight of items a factor? Or the number of rooms of items being moved? Just curious. Great blog.

    • The Deletist
      28 February 2016 at 13:30

      I used the guidelines on Frog Box to estimate how many boxes I would need. The Frog Box guidelines are based on the size of the apartment and how much stuff you think you have. Weight is only a factor when packing the actual Frog Boxes because you don’t want to fill one with only heavy stuff (e.g. books) because it will make moving them more difficult. I think weight is a factor for moves to different cities or countries, but usually not locally.

  4. peggy
    24 February 2016 at 09:20

    Well done Lisa, this is a great blog, especially regarding Frog Boxes – they are the BEST way to move.

  5. james
    24 February 2016 at 22:32


    Congrats on getting your new place.

  6. 11 April 2016 at 21:12

    A big thank you for your article.Really thank you! Cool. bcggfdeakkfcakda

  7. 7 March 2019 at 21:39

    Frog boxes = easy way to move!

    • The Deletist
      11 March 2019 at 08:14

      I love frog boxes! They saved me hours of time in assembling and disassembling boxes, plus they’re relatively waste free.

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