Post # 1
I’m in a unique moving situation. My lease ends June 29th so I’ll be moving into another apartment for 4 weeks until I finish summer school and graduate. At the end of July I’m moving 4 hours across the state to live with my FI. He lives with his parents and doesn’t have room to store my non essentials for now so I have to move everything at the end of the month and haul it all again at the end of July. Which means some boxes will remain unopened until the end of July.
What’s an easy way to denote on a box that it’s a non essential? I’m thinking brightly colored duck tape on the top, or a sticker. Ideas?
Post # 3
I would do the converse, just because it would make less boxes to mark. We’re moving soon too and we plan on putting a strip of painter’s tape (the bright blue stuff) on boxes that need to get opened first.
Post # 4
In the process of moving and never would have thought of the colored tape. I am having trouble keeping my work things (about 50 classroom boxes) separate from my household things. Now I know just what to do. Thanks a bunch!
Post # 5
That’s a good idea. If I mark the boxes that are essential, I’m going to spot the tape right away. I was thinking of marking the non essential ones because I’ve started packing and it would be easier.
Post # 6
My parents moved a lot and I got sick of never being able to find anything. Then my dad got moved by a company who hired professional movers (they packed up everything too). They put stickers with numbers on the boxes (with company logo of course) and had a list with which room it was in and a general idea of contents. That’s what I’ve done since I was 11. I just use magic marker on the boxes and write the number (on all four sides). So much easier than digging through everything!
Post # 7
Just a suggestion- however you mark it, tape stickers etc, make sure you mark the top and sides. We labeled boxes on the top, stacked them up and went …oh crap now we can’t see which is which lol.
Post # 8
You could also color code like crazy. With a couple colors of duct tape. One for essentials, and then use the other colors to denote rooms like kitchen, bedroom, living room ect. Obviously this is more complicated than you need, but I like color coding things. I would write down which colors are which though just in case you forget. PS color coding will make it easy to at least get the boxes in the right rooms after you move into your final home.
Also, I would pack a duffel bag with the most important essentials (like the things you would bring on a weekend trip) so that the day you move you can unpack one bag and go to sleep (because I’m always tired and annoyed when I have to unpack my 5 essential boxes to find something especially essential like my tooth brush).
Post # 9
I always just write on them with a Sharpie. We recently moved from TX to GA and had to put 2/3s of our stuff in a storage unit in GA and the rest of the boxes went to my in-laws (where we lived while we found a house).
I just wrote “HOME” or “STORAGE” in big letters on each box after it was closed. I also wrote a couple word description of what the box contained.