The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
We’ve been in our Florida home for a year. It was a whirlwind move that we did ourselves to save some cash. If you find yourself facing an upcoming move and planning to do it yourself, then follow along in the coming weeks as I share my DIY Moving Tips & Tricks.
Today’s highlight jumps straight into labeling your boxes. My first tip of a DIY move is to label by contents and by room. The easiest way is to use colored duct tape. FYI, the largest selection of colored choices I found was at my local Wal-mart. They had everything from patterns to all the colors in the rainbow and then some.
Each color of duct tape should indicate a room or “zone” in the house. Assign each room in your house a color. For instance, all my kitchen boxes received a red piece of duct tape. After I finished packing a box with kitchen items, I would put a piece of red duct tape somewhere on one of the four sides of the box. Do not put it on the top, that doesn’t help when all the boxes are stacked a mile high in the moving van or shipping container. Put it on one of the sides so you will see at first glance.
When it comes time for unloading, then each box gets taken to the new room where it belongs, saving you time on the un-packing side of the move.
Some boxes I further labeled with all the contents inside, this was especially helpful for kitchen boxes so I could find items I needed if they hadn’t been unpacked in the first days. Using a black sharpie, I wrote the contents directly on the colored piece of tape. Crockpot, cookie sheets, oven mitts… you get the idea.
Other boxes, like you see below, contained items I didn’t need to know the details (ie baby gear we’re keeping for the next child). These boxes only received their color-coded piece of tape but no further labeling. I didn’t bother writing every detail on these boxes because I wouldn’t be needing the items inside immediately after moving. However, the color-coded tape label told us which room to put it in on moving day.
That saved me a little time on the packing side of the move but of course, you can label as much or as little as you desire.
Don’t forget to create a master list of which colors are assigned to which rooms. Keep this master list somewhere safe and easily accessible. I did so by keeping a copy of my color-coded list on Google Docs/Google Sheets. If that link doesn’t help you and you’re not sure how to do it, then make an internet search for “how to use Google Docs or Google Sheets”. By using an online program I could access my color system anywhere, anytime and using any device. I also printed a copy to keep with me, but that got lost somewhere on moving day. You can imagine I was thankful to have an online back-up! 🙂
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.
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