Tips and tricks on what you need to pack for your house move in Japan.

Tips and tricks on what you need to pack for your house move in Japan.

Necessary items and tips for packing when moving house in Japan.

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If you are moving by yourself, you may be able to save on costs, but you may not be able to handle everything from packing to moving your belongings on your own. With the right tools, the right vehicle, and a few other tricks, you can do the work yourself. In this issue, we will introduce in detail what you need to pack when moving. We will also explain four items that can be used as curing sheets, so if you are thinking about moving, please refer to this article.

What you need to pack when moving home

Are you excited to move to a new place, but packing is just too much of a hassle and you feel heavy at the waist...? Especially if you are moving for the first time, you may not know what to prepare for packing. Generally speaking, the following four items are all you need to prepare.
  • ・Cardboard
  • ・Sheets for curing
  • ・Tape
  • ・String, etc.
You can use tape and string that you have at home, or if not available, you can get them at a supermarket or home improvement center. For string, we recommend polypropylene tape, which is used to hold together newspapers. Cardboard can be purchased online or at a home improvement center, or you may be able to get discarded cardboard from supermarkets for free. As for the curing sheets, they can be purchased or substituted with familiar items. We will discuss this in more detail later.

Select the size of the car according to the number of people in it.

The size of the car you need to transport your belongings when moving will depend on the amount of your belongings. The types of vehicles that can be rented and the amount vary from company to company. It is a good idea to compare the size of trucks available with the amount of luggage you have and the rental fees in advance.

Living alone

For a single person living alone, the number of cardboard boxes is generally around 10. A light car for home use will be sufficient for the size of the car. If you are moving from your parents' house, you will probably leave furniture such as desks and beds at your parents' house and purchase new furniture at your new location. Therefore, it is safe to have enough space to stack cardboard boxes and check the rear of the house. If you are taking more luggage or small furniture with you may want to make some changes, such as folding down the rear seats.

In the case of two people living together

For two people living together, you will need about 20 to 30 boxes of cardboard boxes. If you only need cardboard boxes, you can put them in your own car, but if you want to carry home appliances and furniture you have been using, a two-ton short- or long-haul truck is recommended. A short truck will be sufficient for general household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and microwave ovens, while a long truck will be safer if the amount of cargo increases or if you are transporting multiple large items.

For more than that
For a family of persons moving together, the number of cardboard boxes for a family of four may be as low as around 40 boxes and as high as over 80 boxes. In addition, since it is expected that furniture and appliances such as study desks and dining tables that have been used for a long time will be taken with them, it is safer to use a 3-ton or larger truck. If you have your own car, there are ways to split up and transport lighter items.

Prepare more cardboard, string, and tape than you feel comfortable with.

You may think that this is enough cardboard for storing your belongings, but you may not have enough to carry. But if you bring more items, you may soon run out of cardboard boxes to store your belongings. It is important to be selective about the items you bring with you, but there is a possibility that you may end up with more than you expected, so it is a good idea to have more cardboard boxes than you thought. When carrying books and magazines, it is important to consider not only the amount of storage but also the weight, as a full cardboard box may be too heavy to carry. Also, more cardboard boxes may result in a shortage of string and tape, so be sure to prepare more.

Sheets for curing are a must!

When hiring a moving company, you may have seen blue cushioning material on the walls and stairs, or a blanket like covering. Curing is done to prevent damage to walls, floors, furniture, etc., and is an essential part of the moving process. If you hire a contractor, most of them will include all the curing work, but if you do not hire a contractor, you will need to do the curing work yourself.

Recommendations for curing sheets

You can purchase curing sheets for moving at home centers or online, but you can also substitute them with items that are close at hand. Among them, versatile blue sheets and leisure sheets for outdoor use are probably kept at home by many people. Even if you have purchased them but have no use for them, they will be of great use when you move out. Also, carpets made of polyethylene are durable and perfect for carrying in luggage. If you have rugs or carpets at home that you no longer use, you can use them.

Blue Sheets

Blue sheets are familiar for leisure activities, outdoor activities, and repairing roofs during disasters. Unlike ordinary leisure sheets, they are characterized by their generous size (1 to 2 meters or more) and are used in a variety of situations. Because of their generous size, they can easily fit the width of hallways and doorways, making them ideal for moving. Blue sheets vary in price depending on size and quality, but we recommend that they be as reasonably thick and durable as possible. If you have blue sheets at home, you can use them, or if you are buying new ones, choose durable ones that can be used in situations other than moving.

Leisure sheets

Leisure sheets, which are familiar to people on excursions and in outdoor activities, are also useful as curing sheets. A conventional thin sheet is fine for temporarily placing cardboard or light luggage, but if you are moving heavy furniture, you should use a slightly thicker sheet of around 5 mm in thickness. By providing cushioning between the luggage and the floor, it will reduce the impact when moving. For a large size used by about four adults, a size of roughly 200cm x 200cm is common. A smaller size will require a larger number of such items, so it is best to have a generous size.

Polypropylene carpet

Similar to blue sheets and leisure sheets, polypropylene carpets are recommended. It has a vinyl-like texture, excellent water repellency, and is easy to clean even when soiled. Since the material is durable and works well both indoors and outdoors, it is also recommended as a curing material during moving. If used as a temporary storage space when transporting luggage or furniture, it will also help prevent scratches. In addition to curing, it can be used for outdoor activities, leisure, and around pets, so it is convenient to have several sheets. They are also popular as interior decorations because they look like rush grass but offer the functionality that only polypropylene can provide.

Unused rugs and carpets

If you have rugs or carpets at home that you no longer use, you can use them as a curing substitute. Rugs and carpets made with dense bristles in particular provide excellent cushioning and are useful for carrying in luggage. Thick winter-type rugs and carpets with longer bristles are even safer. However, they have the disadvantage of being difficult to wipe clean and difficult to maintain like sheets and polypropylene carpets. Some rugs are washable, but it is important to consider what to do in case they get dirty.


When moving, it is important to first prepare the necessary tools for packing and to prepare a car suitable for the number of items to be moved. It is also important to use protective sheets to prevent damage to furniture, floors, and walls. It is quite difficult to perform the work in a short time and to the point like a moving company but start preparations steadily and little by little to make your move easy and effortless.

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