Moving houses can be an absolute drag if you don’t create a sense of order from the get-go. Not only are you emotionally taxed by letting go of your old memories, but the physical and mental exhaustion that comes with moving houses is also real. Howerver, the process can be made easier with a few tips and tricks.
Efficient moving is highly dependent on the way you pack. If you pack all your belongings well, you will have an easier time unpacking on your arrival at the new place.
Helter-skelter packing is only going to complicate an already taxing situation and leave you stressed about unpacking in the days ahead.
This article will focus on the most efficient way to pack using boxes. Labeling and sorting of the boxes is key. It may seem fairly straightforward, but this article aims to give you insight into how to label boxes effectively.
Read on till the end of this piece to understand how you can go about making the moving process a lot easier than it is. Here are five box labeling tricks you might want to consider for your next move.
Label The Box For Storage
Not everyone stores their unwanted belongings in the attic, basement, or storage room. When cramped for space, some people choose off-site storage facilities.
Even if you live in a great expansive mansion, there are certain things in your house that you don’t have any immediate need for. For example, in Boise, Idaho, you’d have little reason to go for a rental space, since the houses are affordable and have enough space. But who knows you might still need to rent a few storage units Boise id to store away some of your belongings for a period of time.
Before moving the boxes, make sure they’re properly labeled and mention where they are to go in the new house. This type of labeling will help you immensely when unpacking, and save your frustration and delays in getting to the right boxes when you need something.
This way even if you hire a moving company, you don’t have to worry about instructions not being followed. Simply fill up the hauling truck with all the relevant boxes and send it off to wherever you want it to go, be it the house or storage unit. Organizing by labeling is one of the best things you can do on the moving day.
Pack and Label According to Your Room
Far too many people try to fill and cram boxes with their belongings until they can’t stuff them with anymore things. The packing of the belongings goes on in a haphazard manner with things from different areas and rooms of the house ending up in the same box. You end up saving little space or money for extra boxes, but incur the stress later.
Rather than putting any and everything that you can get your hands onto into a single box, consider packing each box light, and with the ingredients from a single room at a time.
For example, packing and labeling a box with ‘living room book cabinet’ would be considerably more efficient than throwing books and children’s toys together into one box.
The goal is to make things easier for yourself later on. Remember, that unpacking is just as, if not more taxing than the packing process. So make sure you have things labeled according to the rooms that they were in before.
Don’t Just Write on The Tape
You may be tempted to seal a box with a tape and then proceed to writing on the tape.
First of all, when you take the tape off during unpacking, you would have no idea what the label on the box read. When you have removed the tapes off a half a dozen boxes and opened them to unpack, the uselessness of tape-labeling will start to dawn on you.
Second, tape is susceptible to wear and tears, and the labeling might even be wiped off as easily as well. With boxes stacked on top of each other, it’s common for the tape to fray.
Rather than using tape, opt for a labeler. Not only are they more durable, but they’re easier to use and come in handy around the house for other chores than moving.
Mark Right Side Up
We cannot stress how important it is to specify which side of the box is the right side up. Boxes get flipped and tossed around during the moving process, and if you have fragile content on the inside, you may have a hard time securing it.
Spills, breaks, and leakages are extremely common while moving, so make sure you put arrows pointing upwards to indicate which side is supposed to up.
You should also mark the box containing breakable glass and other such items as ‘fragiles.’ Boxes get tossed, shifted, moved, and slided throughout the moving. It’s inevitable then that some things are going to break if due care isn’t taken.
And it’s naïve to assume that you will remember which boxes have the fragile items. It’s better then to simply label the boxes containing fragile items so that due care can be exercised when handling them.
Make an inventory list
Making an inventory list is one of the best ways to streamline the moving process and make it easier for everyone. It’s also easier for you to cross-check things once you are unpacking.
Packing according to an inventory list may not pose as many problems, but unpacking is where the problems can start to arise. If you don’t have a system to cross-check the contents with, you are going to run into a few issues later after the move.
Labeling makes it easier to keep track of things. Either cross-check through the contents written on the box, or number the boxes and assign values to each number, like a coded system.
Write down number of boxes at your old house as inventory, and later cross-check them with the boxes moved to the new house. You can either write the contents of the box on the box itself or on the inventory list.
Moving is hectic for a lot of people because they don’t follow an organized plan. Labeling boxes is one way to go about moving in a systematic manner. Label boxes based on where they were in the old house and where they will be going in the new house, mark the right side up with an arrow, carefully label the fragiles to avoid any breakage on the way over, and look for storage units to dispense and store away the items you no longer have immediate use for. The tips above will help you become an efficient mover.