“Fat” is In – Use the thickest, darkest marker you can find for labeling boxes. Pencils, pens, tin or light markers are almost impossible to see even just a few feet away.
Abbreviate Room Names – Start box labels with the abbreviated name of the room followed by a box number, such as “BTH2-6” for “second bathroom, 6th box.” You can then track each box to make sure everything arrived safely.
Label “Open Me First” on boxes where it applies.
Mark “Fragile” where appropriate.
Identify Contents – Identify the major contents and where they came from, such as “Medicine Cabinet” or “Linen Closet- Towels and Wash Cloths.”
Box Inventory – Keep a clipboard and write down each box’s room, box number and contents (graph paper is great for keeping things recorded neatly).
Verifying Delivery – When unloading, check off each box as it gets unloaded at your new place. Then you’ll know everything arrived safely.
Labels Out – Ask movers to stack boxes in your new place with the labels facing out so that you can easily spot a specific box.
Posted on: June 9, 2011
Moving can be a pain in the butt for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is probably packing. It can be hectic and time-consuming. But if you follow a few easy tips, you’ll find packing isn’t so bad and may not be the worst part of the moving process after all!
Start Early – Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.
Room Lists – Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one foryour future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.
Room Inventory – Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.
Time Allotment – Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.
Calendar – Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.
Delegation – If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly while tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.
Track Your Progress – At least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.
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