How To Properly Label Your Moving Boxes

Nothing is more stressful or disorganized than packing and moving. Just ask any whose moved, and they’ll be the first to tell you that it’s chaos.


  1. Most times it ends up being this way because people don’t actually take the time to properly plan and organize their moving process. But, other times, it’s simply because things are lost and misplaced during the entire process because steps were failed to be taken to properly label your packing boxes, as you were filling them up with all of your lifelong possessions. That’s why in this article we have carefully outlined for you the best way to label your cardboard boxes, so you’ll be able to stay organized, and never lose or misplace anything ever again during a move.
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  3. The very first thing you’ll want to do is go out and get yourself the proper packing materials for the job you’re about to embark on. The first of these tools include good quality markers. You’ll want to make sure that you have a variety of colors (at least 5), and you have both permanent and waterproof. Reason being, you never know what weather will be like, so it’s always good to have an option that won’t wash away all your hard work. Aside from markers you’ll also want labels and colored tape.
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  5. Once you have all of your packing materials together, now it’s time to get organized. The best way to do this is by color-coding. When you color code you make it easy to be able to point out which boxes belong where. For example, you can make all bedroom boxes blue, all your kitchen boxes green, all your bathroom boxes red, and so on. You’ll also want to make sure you write out bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen on the boxes as well as specifying what is in each box. However, by using this simple color-coding trick you can still make it visually easier on yourself, because you can quickly determine where the box is meant to go. Just make sure that if you’re using movers to help you, they are aware of your system and what each color indicates, so that they can get your cardboard boxes in the right place.
  6. If you aren’t a fan of the color-coding idea, you can always go with good old trusted version of numbers. By using the number system, you won’t be able to visually see immediately where each box goes. But, you can save significant time because you won’t have to specify what the box actually holds. This is because as you fill your boxes, you’ll have a master list that indicates what items are in each numbered box. Just make sure you don’t lose your master checklist, or you’ll be up a creek without a paddle.

    How you label your boxes is also important. For instance, if you choose to go with the color-coded system, you’ll want to be specific about what each box holds. Granted, there is no strict set of rules that you’ll need to follow. Rather, you’ll want to come up with a method that makes sense and works for you. Just whatever you do, be sure that you’re making your writing legible and easy to read. Also, if the items in your box are fragile or breakable, be sure to specify as much in big bold letters, in multiple locations across the box.
  7. Packing doesn’t have to be the nightmare that everyone seems to think it is. With a little organization, and this killer box labeling method, you can make your next move a breeze!