How To Pack And Label Your Boxes (When Moving Home)
Moving home is usually associated with disorganisation, stress and chaos according to most people. When you are preparing to move home, that is the last thing anyone wants to hear.
However, it doesn’t have to be. By planning and introducing structure and organisation, and a fool-proof labelling system for your packed boxes, your move will go a lot smoother.
Packing is one of the hardest and most time intensive things you need to do before you move. But by taking a bit of extra time to pack and label your boxes correctly, it can reduce your unpacking time and effort significantly.
Here are some tips for packing and labelling your moving boxes from a professional Interstate Removals Brisbane company.
Get Your Packing Tools Ready
Before you start with the labelling, first you should make sure you have all of your packing materials ready. You’ll need sturdy cardboard boxes, which you can get from either your local supermarket or by asking any friends or family if they have any they do not need.
To make an efficient labelling system, you will need:
Permanent markers are the most important thing you need for labelling packing boxes correctly.
Make sure you have good quality brand name markers. It’s recommended to buy a marker set which contains at least five different colours.
The markers should also be waterproof and permanent. It’s impossible to know if it will be raining or snowing on moving day. It’s best to prepare for any scenario. Without permanent waterproof markers, it’s possible for your writing to smudge and make it difficult to read.
When you pack your boxes, you should pack items in the same boxes based on the room they will be moved into your new house.
You can easily find printable and downloadable labels for moving boxes for free online. However, you can also buy them from an office supply store if you would prefer.
The labels have room names already printed on them, saving you time. You only need to add the contents of each box to the label instead of adding the room also. If you love to get creative, it’s a great chance to have some fun and create your own labels.
While you most likely already have clear packing tape to use, if you want to take your packing labelling game to another level, use coloured packing tape to make it easier to identify each box once they arrive at your new home.
Make sure to use high-quality packing tape which is also waterproof, to keep your contents dry even if unexpected rain happens on your moving day.
Colour Codes Make Everything Easier
The most effective way to label moving boxes is by using the colour coding system.
The idea is easy, yet effective. Choose one colour for every destination room in your new home, and stick with it throughout the packing process. That’s it.
As an example, you can choose blue to represent the kitchen. You would use a blue marker to label every box which belongs in the kitchen.
As well as using a blue marker, you also need to write KITCHEN on the box, as well as a list of contents inside.
Also, try using coloured tape which matches the colour of each room. This will make it easier to identify boxes.
After you’ve packed everything for the kitchen, then move onto another room. Choose a different colour for each room (for example, Red for your BEDROOM).
Repeat the above steps for every room in your house.
While this may seem rather pointless, when you are dealing with hundreds of packed boxes at your new home, it will make the process so much easier.
While you may know what the colours mean, don’t forget an important step, letting your Local Movers know. Make sure they know what each colour means, and also label the rooms of your new home. Take coloured pieces of paper and put them on the door of each room of your new home which corresponds to the colour-coded moving boxes.
Make sure to label each side of the box so that you can easily tell what is inside, even if packed against other boxes or walls.
The Number System
Another way you can label your boxes while packing is by using numbers instead of colour codes. The main benefit of using numbers is that there is no need to list the contents of each box on each side – making it much faster and saving you precious time.
The idea behind the number system is that you label each box with a different number (e.g. / 3). Then you have a master inventory list for each numbered box. This list has the contents for each box listed in detail.
For example, box 3 may contain kitchen appliances such as your toaster oven and blender. On the checklist you will write the contents of everything in number 3.
Then on the sides of the box, write the number 3, and the room KITCHEN for the box to be moved to.
Writing the location lets the movers easily know which room to move the box to, and your inventory list lets you know exactly what is in each box based on its number.
Important: Make multiple copies of your inventory list so that you don’t lose it! Also either take a photo of the list on your phone or scan it, so that you have an electronic copy. Losing your inventory list will lead to a moving nightmare!
Best Way To Label Moving Boxes
There is no ‘best way’ to label moving boxes. Instead, it comes down to your personal preference.
There are some recommendations which are proven to work well and will help reduce any possible packing errors.
For the best packing experience, follow these guidelines:
- Pick the box labelling method which works best for you, and stick to it
- Make sure to label at a minimum three sides of each box, and the top. This makes sure that even if boxes get stacked against other boxes or the wall, you still can see a list of the contents. This will save time from having to move boxes around, just to see the writing on the side.
- The most effective way to secure moving labels is to keep them in place by using clear packing tape. This will ensure they don’t get torn, rip, fall off, or get wet in transit. You could alternatively use glue to keep them in place, but this often takes longer than taping them.
- If the box contains breakable and fragile items, make sure to mark all four sides of the box, HANDLE WITH CARE or FRAGILE in big, bold red or black letters, to make sure that the movers see it.
Packing boxes can be a very tedious and time-consuming task. By following these packing and labelling tips, you will be able to keep your boxes organised and ensure you unpack in no time at your new home.