Dealing with mountains of unmarked boxes in your new home is no fun. This is especially true in a smaller house or apartment where there isn’t much room to unpack and move furniture around. Even if you are someone who is always up for adventure, not being able to find the coffee maker or your shower liner when you need it could put a damper on your move. If you have a higher budget to work with then you can take advantage of packing, furniture disassembly, and other moving services. If you are tackling the packing process on your own, labeling boxes and keeping track of inventory is in your best interest. You may think it is a hassle or find it unnecessary now, but when you get into your new place and start unpacking, you will be grateful that you took the time to think about how to label boxes for a move.
The Basic Black Marker
Using a black marker is the most basic method for labeling boxes. You can label by room this way and you can also number the boxes to coincide with your inventory list. Many people do just fine with this method, but if you have a lot of boxes it is not necessarily the most practical option. It can also be time consuming to hand write your inventory. Still, it is better than nothing! At the very least, make a marker your friend.
Colored stickers can make identifying boxes a little easier from a glance. There is a good chance your movers will actually put the boxes with green stickers in their right room. Identifying boxes by color is a lot easier than having to read the room written on each box.
Mobile Inventory Software
With today’s technology, it should come as no surprise that there are mobile inventory apps available to make your life easier. You use your phone for everything else; you might as well put it to work for your move.
Moving Van on iTunes is a great example of such an app. As each box is packed you take photos of the contents. and then assign each box a number or name. You can also assign to a room. This will save you from doing a lot of writing. It can be helpful for insurance purposes, and it is highly recommended if putting boxes in storage or making an interstate move.
QR codes are not for everyone. If you love tech-geeky stuff, this labeling method will prove to be quite fun for you. If you are scratching your head, trying to figure out what QR even stands for, this is probably something you want to avoid. With this method you can use a text file to manage your inventory and then transfer the contents to a QR code using a generator. You can only use 250 characters so you will need to use plenty of abbreviations to squeeze in the information.