Moving Hacks & Places to Find Free Boxes:

When asking Crewmate, Kristen Swartz (who has personally moved eight times in Anne Arundel, Prince George, Howard, & Baltimore Counties!), her favorite personal moving tip; she says, “Instead of purchasing moving boxes, ask your local grocery, liquor, hardware, and convenience stores for any extra boxes. Many times if you call ahead they will put boxes aside for you to pick up at your convenience.”

So we researched the types of places specifically in Maryland where it is most likely to score some for yourself:

  • Office Supply Stores

  • Grocery Stores

  • Pharmacy’s

  • Liquor Stores

  • Home Improvement Stores

  • Toy Stores

Once packed, a great hack when moving is to make an essentials box using a plastic tub that never goes on the moving truck! Keep this close to you and a hard interim will become just a little bit easier. What should go in it? D&C Realtor® Kristen suggests:

  • “Medications, Supplements, Toiletries, Hairbrush/comb, Clothes” (these items for each family member)

  • “Identification, Documents, Checkbook: License or ID for settlement. Keep accessible any important paperwork associated with the moving process.” (for the homeowners)

  • “Toilet paper, Hand soap, Cleaning products, Vacuum, Box cutters, Snacks, Drinks, Paper towels, Paper plates, and Plastic ware.” (for everyone all in one bag, then keep in essentials box minus the vacuum;) )

  • “Special Items for Pets: Food bowls, Litter boxes, Cages, Crates, Leashes, Food, etc.” (don’t forget the fur-babies!)

If you start by finding what you will pack your things in, then prioritizing what you will keep close first, then you can enlist some help either by getting a local storage unit to store home goods until moving day or get moving by loading them onto the truck!

We like EZ Storage in Arnold. They also sell all types of moving supplies and we’ve added the details and sizes they have from their website below:

small box

Small Moving Boxes

16″ x 12 3/4″ x 12 3/4″

Perfect for smaller, heavy

items like books,

magazines and irons.

medium box

Medium Moving Boxes

18″ x 18″ x 16″

Great for slightly larger items

like photo albums, small

appliances and utensils.

large box

Large Moving Boxes

18″ x 18″ x 24″

Big and sturdy enough

for pots, pans, dishes,

and toys.

Extra Large Moving Box

Extra Large Moving Boxes

24″ x 24″ x 20″

Perfect for lighter-weight,

bulky items, like lamp

shades, linens and bedding.

Wardrobe Storage Boxes

24″ x 21″ x 48″

Specifically designed to hold

clothing, drapes or

other linens on hangers.

Clean Newsprint

Packing Paper

Perfect for protecting

dishes and glassware while

keeping them clean.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap

To protect the most

fragile items.



To seal and keep your items

intact within a storage box.


Keep your items locked

up and secure.

(All moving boxes are approximate dimensions.)

And for one last hack, Diane’s clients love how she suggests to “color coordinate rooms with different colored (per space) duct tape or sticky dots on boxes for ease of placement when you move in to your new house. It is so much more efficient than writing on them. Also, PODS are a true lifesaver so you can declutter and temporarily store stuff in between moves!”.

Always wishing you a happy moving day from Diane & Crew!!