Packing For The Move

If you've seen how I pack for vacation, you know I like a good system.

It has been seven years since I last packed up my house, and this time I had 3 more little humans and all of their belongings to add to the mass. Plus we weren't just moving across town, but across 3 states. I knew I needed a good plan, so I searched and pinned several ideas and kind of mashed them all together to come up with a good system.

Supplies I gathered:

--Boxes: We actually didn't have to buy any boxes. We had a few gracious friends who had recently moved and gave us their broken down boxes! You can also search Craigslist and garage sale sights...sometimes people give them away for free.

--Packing Tape

--A Good Sharpie

--Duct Tape in different colors

--A notebook (this part was probably overkill, but it made me feel like I had CONTROL of the packing) (yeah, I've got issues).

First thing I did was decided I was going to pack for the house I was moving INTO, not the house I was moving out of. Then I assigned each room in my new house a color and made a rubric in the front of my notebook.




I also assigned each room a set of numbers so I could number each box and record each box in my notebook. This way I would have a record of what was in each box. This is what I mean by overkill. I havn't looked at the record one time for unpacking purposes. 

So I packed each box, labeled them and put a stripe of tape in the left upper corner so the color could be easily seen. 



I DO think that the color-coding helped with the unloading process. I tore out my rubric and taped it up in the front entryway so that everyone who helped unload could see it as they walked in. 



I also made a sign to label each room.




Unloading was certainly less painful than loading. And color coding just makes me happy. What packing or moving tips have you used? 





2 comments:

  1. Love the tape idea! We used the number system when we moved, but the tape makes it even easier for those helping. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. @Stephanie Thanks! It really did help make the unloading faster!

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