Most people probably don’t think of packing for a move as an art form, but why not? It might help make the chore more palatable.
Though arranging belongings in boxes just so might be an artistic endeavor, for now we’re going to concentrate on using color-coded labels. They make both unpacking the moving truck and unpacking each box much easier.
The other part of labeling is listing contents. There are various schools of thought, depending upon how much time you have (or want) to spend on it. Any descriptions, though, make unpacking more efficient.
It takes a little more time at the front end to organize the labeling, but it’s worth it. You save a lot of time once you arrive at your new home.
Find colorful stickers…lots and lots of colorful stickers. Make ‘em large, so they’re recognizable at a glance.
To Inventory, or Not to Inventory: Time to switch to another labeling topic: listing the contents inside each container. How much prep work are you willing to do?
Mark It: If you don’t use inventory stickers or even a master inventory, at least identify each box on the box. Use a permanent marker to note its general contents, such as “Canned Goods” or “Sheets & Towels.”
Special Notes: When you pack fragile items, go ahead and label the box “Fragile.” However, that’s just a reminder. You still shouldn’t pack your delicate items haphazardly.
Movers aren’t responsible for breakage if your packing is faulty. A reminder is helpful for everyone who touches the box, though.
Label one box “Open First.” This holds essentials, such as toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, first aid kit, hammer, screwdriver, and dishes and utensils you’ll need immediately. You might want to move this box in your car so you’ll know where it is at all times.
Each person should also have a box or suitcase clearly labeled with a name and “First Night.” This includes sleepwear, a change of clothes, medicines, and anything else that’s really needed, such as a nightlight, special blanket, toys or a book.
Now you’re ready to go forth and create moving art!
Sean Minor is the owner of Auburn Moving Company, a moving company providing moving services in Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, Granite Bay and surrounding areas of California and Nevada.