No More Mystery Boxes: Labeling Household Belongings for a Move

Posted on 16 February, 2018 in Packing , Moving Home

Moving day is exciting and stressful. How you pack and label your moving boxes can make life a good bit easier. In addition to the basics of packaging and labels, there are electronic tools right at hand to help make things more organized. Here are some suggestions from Top End Removals.

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Start with a System

Your house removal experts need to know where you want things. You will also want to prioritize essential items, like lavatory paper are high-priority and should be unpacked first. In summer, your heavy coats can be set aside for quite some time. Electronic aids can also help make this process easier. A spreadsheet is a good way to list inventory. There are apps available for phones that allow you to take a picture of a box's contents.

Label Everything

Two of the simplest options for labeling are numbering and colour coding. You can use them separately or in combination. Permanent markers come in various colours and in permanent ink, too. You can get them with a broad nib for bold writing. Writing on the box itself guarantees you won't have a missing label, but make sure you write large and legibly. You can make printable labels from online templates or get sticky labels you write on, which also come in multiple colours.

Label More Than One Side 

It is a good idea to label more than one side of a box, so you can see the label, no matter what position it's in. You should label the top, as well. Colour coding makes it easy to assure boxes get to the right room. You can put a piece of paper in the same colour on the room door. 

Don't forget to mark things that are fragile or that moves should carry in a certain position. In addition to the room label, add a brief description of the contents. And always label as you go, rather than packing first and then labeling everything. That way your memory will be fresh and you won't have to open the box to check it. 

Take Time to Pack Carefully

Careful packing is critical. Be sure to well-pad fragile items. Place small, heavy items like book into a smaller box than lighter items, so the box will be easier to lift. An inventory list for each box will save considerable time on the unpacking end. 

Secure boxes with packing tape rather than the interlocking fold method. That way, if you drop the box, it's less likely to spill its contents all over the floor or street. It's safer to pack plates and bowls vertically. Bottles with liquids should be placed in plastic bags or wrapped with plastic wrap.

Start Early and Be Prepared

You should have a removal date well in advance. Start packing all of those items you can do without. You can pack decorative items well ahead of time. If you don't have a spare room, you can use, it might even be worthwhile to put this lot in storage and move it later. 

Don't overlook the opportunity to downsize, which can mean less things to move. It's also a good idea to have a tool box with items like pliers, screwdriver, scissors, tape and such, so you can make an emergency repair or put in a screw in the new house. A small first aid kit is also useful for the inevitable bumps, cuts and sore muscles so common to the removal process.

With these tips and tricks, you will be ready when moving day dawns. Planning ahead and being organized ensures you will find that coffeemaker on your first morning. It can also mean that you will not lose or break any of your cherished possessions. 


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