Moving to a new home can be very stressful. The moving process can be unpredictable but try not to worry too much. There are many ways to make this experience less unpleasant and stay in control. You just need to prepare in advance and be organized. You should learn how to avoid the 10 biggest moving mistakes, so you can get our book to help you. The most important part is to pack all your things and label your moving boxes in the right way.
Organize your packing
Having an efficient labeling system won’t count for anything if the contents of your boxes are in a mess. It may seem tempting to just throw your stuff into moving boxes and worry about sorting out the chaos later. However, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of time, money, and stress if you organize your packing. Pack heavy items first, wrap valuables and place lighter and more fragile items at the top. In order for the labeling system to work, it is necessary to not mix rooms. Keep bathroom stuff with bathroom stuff, kitchen stuff with kitchen stuff, et cetera.
How to prepare for packing and labeling your moving boxes?
Labeling your moving boxes is very easy, all you are going to need are some supplies. Firstly you need to get moving boxes. Make sure you get enough of them. The last thing you need is to run out in the middle of packing. Also, if you are using second-hand boxes, then you have to check whether there is already some writing on them. This can easily lead to confusion for you and your movers. The solution for this is very simple. Just put your labels over the old ones or mask them with colored paper.
Secondly, get markers you will use for labeling. Choose water-proof permanent markers you know and trust. This way you can be sure that the writing on the boxes won’t get smudged or even washed away. In addition to markers, you can get moving labels for boxes. In this case, you have a number of options to choose from. You can buy moving box labels from a local moving company or an office supply store. For example, local movers Massachusetts offer many different labels. You just pick the ones that are best suited for you.
Another option is to download and print moving labels. Many websites offer packing labels for a fee. So all you need to do is a quick search online you will have your labels ready in no time. If you happen to have some free time, you can even design your own moving box labels from scratch. This is a great way to add some fun to the stressful moving process.
Label your moving boxes using colors
The first method for labeling moving boxes is to use colored markers or labels. More clearly, use different colors for a different room. This system is very easy to use, quite helpful and there is almost no chance of mix-ups happening. So here it is how this system works.
Choose a color for each room in the new home and stick to this choice. For example, green can mean kitchen, blue can mean the bathroom, orange can mean a master bedroom, and so on. This is a great way to keep your young ones occupied if you’re moving with kids. Pick the colors that make sense to you to make it even easier. But don’t worry, picking colors randomly will work just as well.
Get to work
Get your markers or labels and get to work. Mark the moving boxes according to the room they are for. Additionally, write down the content of the box and extra warnings or special instructions. For example, some of these instructions can be ‘handle with care’ or ‘this side up’. You can use red color to make warnings and instructions more noticeable.
However, be careful as the color-coded labeling system can be a bit tricky. While you know what each color means, your movers do not. They may have trouble putting the right boxes into the right rooms unless they know what each color means. So, place a colored piece of paper on the doors of your new home that match the color-coded boxes.
Create a numbering system
The second method you can use to label your moving boxes is a system based on numbers. This means you will use a different number for each box. Also, you will need to create a packing list. You can write it in a notebook or on your computer using a spreadsheet. This list is basically an inventory list where you will write down the contents of each box. For example, as soon as you finish packing a box, write number 1 on it and the designated room. This way you or your movers will know where each box is supposed to go. In addition, write down in your packing list the full content of the box you just packed.
Keep the packing list safe and make sure you don’t misplace or lose it during the move. This is really important because you’ll lose time after the move figuring out what’s in each box. Therefore, if you’ve written the list on paper, you can photocopy it and keep the copies in separate places. This is a great in-house storage idea which will benefit you loads. Also, you can scan the checklist and e-mail it to yourself. If you’ve made that checklist on an electronic device, just back it up online or via e-mail.
Bonus tips for labeling your moving boxes
It’s not a big secret that packing up an entire home can prove to be a truly overwhelming job. In fact, it’s one of those pre-move tasks where extra non-professional or professional help is strongly advised. If you don’t have enough time to pack everything up or you just need some help, consider hiring professional movers. Many Boston storage and moving companies offer services of packing and labeling in addition to moving them to your new home. Letting professional packers do what they do best will give you some peace of mind.
However, if you choose to pack everything up by yourself, make sure each moving box is labeled properly. In addition to using colors or numbers to label your moving boxes, you should mark them in the right way. Write the box number or the name of the room on top and on at least one of its sides. This will allow you to save precious time when identifying where each box needs to go. Also, if you are using moving labels use clear packing tape over them. This way they won’t fall off or get torn or wet during transportation. Using appropriate glue is another option to make sure the labels stay where they are supposed to.
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