It’s hard to overestimate how important it is to label boxes when moving. Boxes do not look that different from one another. It is not going to help to try and aim for certain sizes to estimate what goes where. Without labels, boxes will not go to the room that is their final destination. Items that are fragile will not be designated as such. In short, chaos is much more likely, also lost time and broken items. So, labeling is imperative. Three things need to go on every box, that is the place where it needs to end up, the basic contents within the box, and finally if the box should be handled in a specific way. Use waterproof, good quality markers. To make things quicker, you can devise a shorthand, that is use a number identifier for rooms, or alternatively a color system. Just be consistent. Write clearly and make sure every box has the three basics.
- Follow the sequence of pack, seal and label; don’t wait until later to label.
- Use permanent, waterproof markers of different colors to code the boxes.
- Other than colors, consider using a number system to code where the boxes belong.
“Cardboard boxes look identical so it can be almost impossible to keep track of what’s inside them if you choose not to label them like you should”